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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.

Visiting Scholars

University Archives is open to all researchers, regardless of University affiliation.  Here are just a few examples of scholars from near and far who have visited the archives:

Documentary Film

Filmmakers researched and used visuals from several WUA collections for The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) documentary.


A selection of scholarly and popular books that cite University Archive collections: