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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

Finding Aids by Subject: Cold War

This guide contains an overview of collections at Special Collections and the WU Libraries that include primary sources of American popular culture during the Cold War period (1947 - 1991). Topics include men's and women's magazines, comic books, movie advertisements, science fiction, and modern architecture.

Collections below are located at Special Collections in Olin Library.  Click each title for more information:
Collections below are located at Modern Graphic History Library. Click each title for more information:  Contact slacerte@WUSTL.EDU for more information.    

Online Primary Sources

Secondary Sources