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Create Studio Records

Identifier: WUA-01-wua00081


  • 1972-1997

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11.00 linear feet (6 standard boxes; 8 oversize boxes)

14 boxes

Historical Information

Established in 1972 by Professor of Art, Bob Smith, the Create Studio functions as professional graphic design studio within the School of Fine Arts. The studio is staffed by Washington University undergraduate senior art students, most majoring in graphic design. Operated as a business, participating students receive both professional experience and academic credit. Studio clients range from other departments within the University, to local not-for-profit agencies, such as the St. Louis Zoo and St. Louis Symphony, and locally based corporations, such as Monsanto.  Income generated from fees charged for design consultation and production off-sets operating costs of the studio.

When the program began in the fall of 1972, the name “Create One Studio” was used.  The following year this name changes to “Create Two Studio” and so forth for the first twelve years of the program. Following this the name was shortened to “Create Studio.”

For further information, see Washington University Magazine, Vol. 61, No. 2, Summer 1991, pages 13 – 17.


The collection is divided into four series:

Series 1:  Work produced by Create Studio for clients (primarily examples of letterhead, business cards, logos, flyers, and posters; some related correspondence and financial information – arranged alphabetically)

Series 2: Resumes of students who worked at Create Studio (includes examples of their work – arranged alphabetically by last name)

Series 3: Artwork produced by and about Create Studio (arranged alphabetically)

Series 4: Artwork produced by Create Studio : oversize materials (arranged by size)

Source of Acquisition

This material was transferred to the University Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Taryn Williams and compiled by Leela Pandey in March 2007. Updated by Miranda Rectenwald, July 2019.

Create Studio Records
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 25: 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