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Edward J. Thias Collection

Identifier: WUA-03-wua00273

The collection consists of a number of bound volumes which describe Thias' life, teaching activities at Washington University, and architectural career. The collection also includes several folders of Thias' sketches and watercolors. These drawings depict buildings on the Washington University campus, St. Louis scenes, and Missouri scenes.


  • Creation: 1950-2007


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.)


5 linear feet

5 boxes

Biographical Information

Edward J. Thias earned a bachelors degree in 1951 from the School of Architecture at Washington University. While at the University, Thias studied drawing and sculpture in addition to earning his degree in architecture. Shortly after earning his degree he began teaching part time. He has taught over 20 different courses ranging from architectural design to watercolor painting.

Thias began his professional practice in 1956. During his career he completed over 400 projects in five states. He is a licensed architect in the state of Missouri, a corporate member of the St. Louis chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and a past president of the Missouri Association of Registered Architects.

Accruals and Additions

Accurals are interfiled within the collection.

Related Materials

See also a book illustrated by Edward J. Thias in the University Archives Reference – Show Me … Natural Wonders: A Guide to Scenic Treasures in the Missouri Region by Don Corrigan with illustrations by Edward J. Thias, St. Louis: Reedy Press, 2007.

See also the Edward J. Thias Papers located at the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center - St. Louis (SHSMO-St. Louis).

Processing Information

Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in February 2017. Updated by Sonya Rooney in August 2017.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April 1: 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