Webster University Archives

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 or toll free: 1-800-985-4279


For questions about the Webster University Archives, please use the contact information located at the bottom of the page. Access to most archival materials is by appointment only for Webster University students, faculty, and staff.


Some of these archived materials include content which may be highly offensive by today's standards. A full statement on this content may be found below.


Access Digital Archives Material Online

Visiting the Archives

Exhibits and Oral History

Webster University Centennial 1915-2015

Webster University: 100 Years (documentary produced by Nine Network of Public Media)


Helpful links

Archive Collections May Contain Offensive Materials

For archival purposes, Webster University preserves historical photos, documents, yearbooks and student newspapers. Scholars can access these materials to research past events at the institution and explore the context surrounding those events. Some of these materials include content which may be highly offensive by today's standards. The photos and language in the materials published decades ago are reflective of the values and standards deemed acceptable at that time. Today many of us will find this content offensive and unacceptable.


Some of the content in historical photos, documents, yearbooks, and student newspapers is abhorrent and appalling, and we openly reject biased and racist views. We also acknowledge that it is part of our history, which is why we are preserving these offensive photos, documents and publications and letting them remain in their original forms. As an academic institution committed to critical analysis, we must honestly recognize these troubling views. To deny this history would be dishonest. We must shed light on past injustices and errors, analyze all the evidence, acknowledge how far we have evolved, and identify how much more needs to be accomplished in order to attain true equity and inclusion for our community.


Submit a Question to the Archives

email: archives@webster.edu

phone: +1 314-246-7818 or toll free 1-800-985-4279