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Publications - Student Union

Identifier: WUA-02-wua00250

This collection contains publications produced by the Student Union and predecessor organizations of student government / student committees at Washington University.  Originally formed series 01 of the Student Union Records.

Although some volumes were produced by University staff, they have been retained in this collection for research continuity.


  • 1907-2015


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.)


3 linear feet

3 boxes

Historical Information

The earliest student guides or handbooks (circa 1907-1930s) were produced by the senior student honorary group “Pralma.”  These had various titles and formats, but generally included campus rules and regulations for freshmen students.

After the creation of the Student Senate (Student Governing Body) in 1940, committees of students worked with the Office of Student Activities staff to create the yearly guide.  Also involved were members of Omicron Delta Kappa, the men’s senior honorary, and Mortar Board, the women’s senior honorary.  This pattern continued until 1965 when the Sophomore Student Commission assisted.  Between 1966 and 1991 the student guides were produced by staff from the Office of Student Affairs, including Residential Life and the Campus Programming departments.  Titles and formats varied, but general focused on official campus rules and policy, with some informal advice on campus living.

Student Union (SU), Washington University's undergraduate student government formed in 1968-69.  Student Union carries out three major activities: representing student interests; registering, funding, and supporting student groups; and planning campus-wide events.  In 1976 SU began producing an informal student guidebook, independent from campus staff, titled “Resource.”  This was published until 1991, when SU began publishing the comprehensive “Bearings” which combined official campus policy and informal advice.  As of 2009 “Bearings” is published by SU in an on-line format only.

For further information, please refer to the website of the Student Union of Washington University in St. Louis.

Arrangement Note

The publications are arranged by type and then chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Publications were transferred to University Archives at various times.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled with the collection.

Related Materials

Files produced by this organization are located in the Student Union Records, held at University Archives. See also the Student Affairs/Student Activities Records and the Publications by Student Groups Collections for further information.

Processing Information

Updated by Leela Pandey in March 2005 and by Sarah Pabarcus in July 2006.  Additional accruals added by Miranda Rectenwald in November 2006.  Updated by Miranda Rectenwald in June 2009. Updated by Amelia Hetherington in September 2010. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in December 2017.

Publications - Student Union
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 February 9: 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