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Archives and Special Collections Home

Homepage for Webster University's Archives and Special-Collections unit

Make an appointment

Use of the archives is by appointment only.

To discuss your research topic and to arrange an initial visit to the archives, please submit your questions to:

  • email: archives@webster.edu
  • phone: 314-968-6950
  • toll free:1-800-985-4279

Due to the limited staff available to assist with archival research, we ask that you email or call first rather than come by unannounced. Archival materials are kept in special storage rooms and only small quantities may be brought out for research use at any one time. Additional visits may be required depending on the quantity of material you need to use. All materials must be used in the library during hours specified by the University Archivist.

Access to the Library building

Access to the Emerson Library building is limited to Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary students, faculty, and staff. Visitors and alumni who wish to visit the Library should contact the Circulation Desk to coordinate building access.

Circulation desk contact information

  • email: circ@webster.edu
  • phone: 314-246-6952
  • toll free: 1-800-985-4279

Check in with Library staff

After gaining access to the Library building, please come to the Research Desk on Level 2 of the Library the day of your appointment and ask to speak with the Archivist. The Archivist will go over anything you need to know about using the materials. You will be asked to show a photo ID and to sign for the materials you will use.