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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.

Primary Sources: Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Listed below are primary sources related to the "Progressive Era" and "Gilded Age" periods of American history (circa 1877 - 1917) in various WU Archives collections.  Some are large collections, and further relevant items can be located by browsing the finding aids with collection descriptions (linked from the title).


African American community focused

Arts and Culture


Education and Government

Social Work and Women Activists 

Primary Sources: 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis

Online Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

St. Louis

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