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By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class 2016 Below is an excerpt from the Grouch, a student publication directed by Residential Advisors. The article engages the racism in St. Louis, and questions what methods would be best in order to fight that racism. April 11, 1965 Should we be in Selma? By... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class 2016 Those of us who not only loves history but work to preserve documents and peoples’ stories, must be aware of whose stories are being told and use access to information in a way that is always striving toward equity. The erasure of certain histories... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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St. Louis School of Philanthropy was founded in 1904 as a response to the widespread poverty and health problems rising in St. Louis. In the spring of 1928, Mrs. George Warren Brown (image above) offered to Chancellor Throop a sum of money left by her husband that she dedicated to the endowment of the social work school. It is important to remember, however, what the profession of Social Work was developed for: to understand and combat the systemic inequalities in our city. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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Take a look back at new student orientation traditions and history at Washington University in St. Louis. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class 2016 Police brutality and violent acts of white supremacy against black people in America have come to the media’s attention with the growing awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. One year ago on August 9, 2014 a police officer shot and killed Mike Brown,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Bears Repeating
From Missouri Over There: Exploring Missouri's Role in WWI: "In 1915, Levi H. Fuson was one of 29 to graduate from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Of the 29 graduates, 24 went on to serve in World War I as commissioned medical officers. Fuson was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Bears Repeating
Remembering Helen Nash, MD – Pioneering African-American Physician From the Becker Archives, Washington University School of Medicine: Helen E. Nash challenged the racial status quo in St. Louis when she became the first African-American doctor to join the staff of St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1949. A native of Atlanta... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class 2016 It may be difficult to imagine the joy and excitement of the earliest professors, students, and board members when Washington University was founded in 1853. When the university moved in 1905 from the first downtown campus in the city of St. Louis to its... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class 2016 Ever wonder about the gorgeous red bricks that make up WashU’s buildings? Here is an excerpt from architect James Jamieson’s Intimate History of the Campus and Buildings of Washington University in St. Louis that discusses where they came from: “Much discussion took place regarding... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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by Miranda Rectenwald, Archives Assistant May 2015 marks an important anniversary in the history of America's war in Viet Nam, and the counterculture protests that occurred across the United States, and especially on college campuses -- including the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. This image (below) of four... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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By Karisa Tavassoli (WU Class 2016) Lightning destruction was not too uncommon throughout the University's history. On several different occasions, campus buildings were directly hit by lighting and damaged pretty badly. A tower of Graham Chapel was shattered twice, one of the library towers was ruined, a chimney of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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by Miranda Rectenwald, Archives Staff One of the beautiful things about archive collections are the serendipitous moments when you just happen upon something. That was the case for how I came across this letter from Elenore Roosevelt, written to her good friend in St. Louis. Dated May 18, 1945 the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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The flag symbolized stories of community, hard work, and personal growth for her, and that’s a really special feeling. What places or traditions or symbols remind you of WashU?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Bears Repeating
Over 1,200 past issues of the WU Record have been uploaded to the Digital Commons @ Becker, the School of Medicine's digital repository maintained by the Becker Library. All printed issues of the WU Record from 1974 to 2009 are now available online ... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 Ms. Lillie Rose Ernst graduated cum laude from Washington University in 1892. She went from being one of the first women to graduate from Wash.U. to a very influential woman within the University and throughout St. Louis. Image right: Portrait of Ms. Ernst... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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Season's Greetings from Jen, Miranda, and Sonya at University Archives. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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by Miranda Rectenwald, Archives Assistant Washington vs Saint Louis University One-hundred years ago on Francis Field (click to enlarge image) Visible in the background are the (then) brand-new Francis Field Gates, installed the previous spring. At this time, WU teams were known as the "Pikers." They would not be renamed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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Women like Edna have changed the playing field for women across generations. I am in constant amazement at all of the incredible women history books leave unmentioned, but that just gives me more incentive to fill in the gaps. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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by Miranda Rectenwald, Archives Assistant A close visual "reading" of photographs and other visual materials is an excellent activity for students of all levels, from K-12 to higher education. This focuses students on seeing what is there (and not there) and then considering critically what it means -- this could... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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by Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 At the 1905 Annual Banquet, Alumni Association President Beebe said, “When I was ready for college I was free to go anywhere. I chose Washington University and I have never regretted my choice. I believe that a Western man should go to a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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In fall 1964 the Washington University Magazine interviewed then graduate student Joyce Ladner about her involvement and perspectives on the civil rights movement. Excerpts of her interview are republished in 2014, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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Campus Then: Brookings Hall (then called University Hall) under construction on September 22, 1900: Campus Now: Brookings Hall 114 years later, via live web-cam: You need an iframes capable browser to view this content. Live View of Brookings Hall | Sights & Sounds | About | Washington University in St.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 As you read the following, as yourself: How much has changed at WashU since 1968? How much has not changed? What can we do to keep improving the safety and equality of students at our school? Excerpts from the Black Position Paper, December... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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In the early years of the fellowship, most of the winners of the fellowship were associated with Washington University, and many established successful architectural practices in St. Louis. George F. Hellmuth (1930) and Kenneth E. Wischmeyer (1931) had two of the largest offices here in the post-war years, and Lester C. Haeckel (1932) became a partner in William B. Ittner & Associates, a leading designer of school buildings nationwide. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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by Miranda Rectenwald, Archives Assistant As WU students return to campus this August, we welcome the freshman class of 2018 into the "South-40" dorms. The photographs at University Archives offers a glimpse into dorm rooms of students in decades past. And while these images span more than nine decades, many... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Bears Repeating