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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.

Uses of the Archive

People are often surprised to hear of the varied way that University Archive collections are put to use. Highlighted on these pages are just a few of these stories.

In some cases names or affiliations have been withheld to respect researcher privacy. If you have worked on, or know of, a project making use of University Archives materials, please let us know.

Art & Exhibits

The true depth and diversity of  University Archives is made clear by the many ways artists, engineers, government agencies, scholars, public historians, and others have utilized the collections.


Cultural Heritage