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WashU History Resources

A guide to researching the long and complex history of Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA).

150+ years...Where to start?

With more than 150 years of history, Wash. U. has a lot of stories.

This Research Guide offers some suggestions and tips for locating information for reunions, alumni events, compiling histories of a department or group, or other historical projects.  University Archives staff are happy to help answer questions, just ask!

A quick review of campus history might give you some ideas of how to start your research. Below are books to consider reviewing.

Planning on a reunion or other alumni event? Try the Reunions page
Looking for history about a specific alum? Try the Genealogy page

Books about WashU History

all available through the WUSTL Library system:

Books about WashU Colleges, School & Departments

In addition to the published sources listed below, brief information files on other departments and schools are available at University Archives in the Washington University School and Department History Files (WUA00031) (Listed in alphabetical order by school, department, or college)