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About WashU Archives

This guide will help you navigate University Archives' more than 300 unique collections, most of which document the history of Washington University from 1853 to today. Other collections are related to 20th century St. Louis history.

FAQ University History

University Archives has compiled some useful historical facts about Washington University including:

  • List of Chancellors, 1858-present
  • 1904 World's Fair & 1904 Olympics
  • Compton Speed Bump
  • Origin of the "human wave"
  • Origin of WUSTL's name
  • School Songs
Weekly posts about campus history are made on the Archives Blog, Bear's Repeating:
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Views of the Danforth Campus (Images from University Archives)

Campus 1947


Campus 1986

Campus 1922

Campus 1964