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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


*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

Dowd Illustration Research Archive: interim curator

Film & Media Archive: Andy Uhrich

European/World History Librarian

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Michael Schaefer
Washington University in St. Louis
John M. Olin Library
Research Center, 1st floor, Room 128
p. 314-935-7365

Resources available at University Archives & WU Libraries

This guide contains an overview of collections at the Department of Special Collections at WU Libraries  that include primary sources broadly related to the emergence of an “international community” in the 19th and 20th century.   Topics include human rights, supranational institutions such as the United Nations, influence of the media / journalists, anti-imperialism, and transregional history.

Select Primary Sources: United Nations

Archival collections are located in various departments of the WU Libraries. 

Select Primary Sources: Media & Journalism

These collections are located in various departments of the WU Libraries.

Select Primary Sources: Human Rights (International)

Select Primary Sources: South African Apartheid

Select Primary Sources: Vietnam War

Select Primary Sources: Susan Sontag

Online Primary & Secondary Sources

More Resources

Further guides to library resources: