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Office of Public Affairs, Assembly Series Lectures

Identifier: WUA-01-wua00063

This collection contains recordings of the Assembly Series Lectures. Topics of the lectures vary widely.

Recordings are listed by Assembly Series Lecture (ASL) number - a unique identifier - then by speaker name and lecture title. The physical format of the recording is noted in brackets. Because of the large size of this collection recordings are described in separate finding aids.

Digital copies of certain lectures from the later 2000s are available for research. These digital materials are only available to be reviewed in the University Archives Reading Room. Please contact the University Archives for more information.

A printed guide to lectures from 1949 - Spring 1991 is also available; see Checklist of Video and Sound Recordings in the Department of Special Collections, available in Archives and in the circulating collection of Olin Library.


  • 1949-2015

Conditions Governing Access

This collection has some restrictions; please contact the University Archivist (314) 935-9730.

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

For a half century, the Washington University Assembly Series has brought some of the most important voices in contemporary society to campus. The lectures, which represent a broad range of topics designed to complement the University's curriculum, are free and open to the public.

Support for the lecture series comes from Student Union and the University, as well as from other student groups, academic departments, and schools.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Recordings are transferred to University Archives by staff from the Office of Public Affairs on an ongoing basis.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection

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