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Introduction to Graduate Studies: Research

A guide for using Special Collections in research projects

Contact Special Collections

* Hours M-F 9:00-5:00 *

Contact: 314-935-5495

Located: Olin Library, 1st floor

Please call or e-mail before you visit to reserve your space in the research room.

Contact Special Collections Staff:

  • Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books | (314) 935-4950
  • Alison Carrick, Reference and Outreach Supervisor  | phone (314) 935-5405
  • Skye Lacerte, Curator of the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library | (314) 935-7741
  • Joel Minor, Curator of Manuscripts & Modern Literature Collections | (314) 935-5413
  • Vernon Mitchell, Curator of Popular American Arts | (314) 935-9779
  • Miranda Rectenwald, Curator of Local History | (314) 935-5444
  • Sonya Rooney, University Archivist | (314) 935-9730
  • Brian Woodman, Curator of Film and Media Archive | (314) 935-3301

Using Special Collections and Archives

Copyright and fair use

Tools & Tips for Finding Archives, Rare Books, Special Collections

Additional directories and sources in WU Catalog

Browse by [term] -- [country] -- Directories

Search topic as a subject with keywords: archives, catalogs, sources, or manuscripts.

Washington University Special Collections

Special Collections includes a variety of collecting areas. Click on the links below to access webpages for each area.

Manuscripts material highlighted in classroom

Rare Books material highlighted in classroom

Film & Media Archive material highlighted in classroom

  • Online resources
  • I’ll Make Me a World digitized interviews via Adam Mathew Digital:   
    • Photographs from the I’ll Make Me a World documentary series. [Title No. 13535: I’ll Make Me a World [stock photos] includes photos of artists, writers, and filmmakers including Alice Walker, Spike Lee, James Baldwin, Augusta Savage, and more.  

University Archives material highlighted in classroom

Popular American Arts material highlighted in classroom

Modern Graphic History Library in classroom