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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.

Contact Info

contact special collections

Archive, Manuscript & Rare Book collections are accessed in Olin Library at the Special Collections reading room.

HOURS:  Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00 by appointment

LOCATION:  Olin Library, 1st floor, Danforth Campus

REQUESTS / APPOINTMENTS:  314-935-5495  spec@wumail.wustl.edu

*collections stored offsite require advance notice for retrieval and use

Questions about a specific topic? Contact:

University Archives: Sonya Rooney

Rare Books: Cassie Brand

Manuscript: Joel Minor 

Local History: Miranda Rectenwald

Modern Graphic History Library: Skye Lacerte

Film & Media Archive: Andy Uhrich

Archive Collections


Busch Stadium and the surrounding area, which displaced the St. Louis Chinatown area in 1966, is mentioned in some of the following collections:

St. Louis World's Fair and China

For general sources about the 1904 World's Fair, see also: http://libguides.wustl.edu/1904

e-journals

Bookshelf: St. Louis Chinese-American Community

City Directories

Each directory is slightly different in contents and layout to search for a name or address.  They are a good primary source for St. Louis history.

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