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Office of Public Affairs, Assembly Series Lectures

Identifier: WUA-01-wua00063

This collection includes recordings of the Assembly Series lectures at Washington University from 1949 to the present.

With support of the Council on Library and Information Resources Recordings at Risk grant the recordings have been preserved and digitized. The recordings are available to researchers upon request. To request access to a recording or for questions, please contact the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections by email or via telephone at (314) 935-5495.


  • 1949-2015

Conditions Governing Access

This collection has some restrictions; please contact the University Archivist by email or via telephone at (314) 935-5495.

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.)


1730 Cassettes (¼” reels: 647, CDs: 127, DVDs: 5 )

Historical Information

The Assembly Series Lectures in University Archives is a collection of public lectures held at Washington University. The Assembly Series is Washington University’s signature lecture series that presents speakers to inspire discourse, complement curriculum, reflect contemporary interests, and engage the greater St. Louis community.

The lecture series first began in 1949 before officially being established and branded as the Assembly Series in 1953 and continues today. Speakers include leaders and visionaries, pioneering scientists and public intellectuals, genre-breaking artists and performers, Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners, Supreme Court justices, and entrepreneurs.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

Initially, recordings were transferred to University Archives by staff from the Office of Public Affairs on an ongoing basis. Then various offices transferred the recordings to University Archives. Currently, the recordings are sent to University Archives via the Office of the Provost.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection

Related Materials

For access to an online exhibition and publicity about the collection, see

For more information about the Assembly Series in general, see

Processing Information

Processed by University Archives Staff. Material is continually added to this collection and is processed as it is received.

Office of Public Affairs, Assembly Series Lectures
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 22: 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