Skip to Content

Publications - Student Groups

Identifier: WUA-02-wua00248

This collection contains newsletters, magazines, journals, and other publications produced by various student groups, both general interest groups, as well as those associated with campus wide associations such as Greek Life, Campus Residence Halls (Residential Life), and the Campus Y.

The published title is listed in quotations, followed by volume and issue numbers if given, and dates.  General topic or the producing group is identified in square brackets, when this information is known.

Further details regarding issue numbering or dating is indicated by a note following the main entry.


  • 1880, 1912 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


15 linear feet

14 boxes

Historical Information

Early publications by students include items such as fight songs, social listings, literary and humor journals.  One of these early titles, “The Eliot Literary Magazine,” was described in the November 1915 issue as: published by students of Washington University, and that the purpose of the magazine is to afford opportunity for the expression of literary ability among students, faculty, and alumni.  Contributions were considered from all who are or who have been affiliated with Washington University.  The issues include articles about events on campus, short stories by students, poems by students, cartoons and advertisements.

By the mid-Twentieth century student production of newsletters, journals, and newspapers is more prolific.  Use of mimeograph machines, copy machines, and desktop computers allowed students to easily produce their own periodicals.  These often were short lived, and frequently cease production when the students in charge left the university.  Formally recognized student groups often received University funding.  From circa 1930s through 1968 this was administered by the Office of Student Affairs and after 1968 funds were allocated by the Student Union.

Arrangement Note

The publications are arranged in alphabetical order and then chronologically within each series.

Series 01: Unbound materials

Series 02: Bound materials

Method of Acquisition

Publications were transferred to University Archives at various times.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled with collection.

Related Materials

For “The Hatchet” and other yearbooks, see the Yearbook Collection, held by University Archives.

For student newspapers, see “Student Life” 1878-present, at University Archives or consult microfilm available at Olin Library.  For earlier newspapers, consult the “Irving Union” 1869-1877 or the School of Art newspaper “Palette Scrapings” 1882-1885, both held by University Archives in separate collections.

For campus telephone directories, including “Chimes” and “Ternion” produced by student honoraries, see the Campus Telephone Book Collection, held by University Archives.

For student handbooks and guides, see the Publications by Student Union Collection, held by University Archives.

Additional issues of the Washington University Eliot are located in Rare Books: Volume 5, Number 8 (June 1938), Volume 6, Number 4 (January 1939), and Volume 6, Number 8 (May 1939).

Production materials for some student publications are also available.  See the Bug Magazine Records, held by University Archives and the Free Lance Archives (MSS048), located in the Department of Special Collections in Olin Library.

Processing Information

Originally grouped with publications of Student Union – updated and boxed separately by Miranda Rectenwald in April 2009. Updated by Amelia Hetherington in September 2010.  Updated by Hadley Davis in September 2011. Updated by Sarah Gabriel in May 2016. Updated by Jacob Maddox in July 2017. Updated by Angela He in August 2019. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in January 2020.

Publications - Student Groups
Description rules
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021 January 26: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495