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Jacqueline Grennan Wexler, one of Webster’s most influential Presidents

Jacqueline Grennan Wexler (formerly Sr. Jacqueline) was a major figure in higher education in the 1960s and 1970s. She served as president of Webster University from 1965-1969 and was instrumental in the groundbreaking transfer of the Catholic institution to a … Continue reading

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Finals Week in 1918

Some things never change. Here’s what Webster students in 1918 thought about finals: “Examinations are over. They are a necessary evil which must be experienced by every college student at the end of each semester. No one loves them, for … Continue reading

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Before There Was a Winifred Moore Auditorium

This year marks the 40th anniversary of a major change on the Webster campus in Webster Groves: the transition of the college chapel to a multipurpose auditorium. Winifred Moore Auditorium used to be called the Chapel of All Saints and … Continue reading

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Furnishing the New Webster

How do you go about furnishing a new college? That was the challenge faced by the Sisters of Loretto when the St. Louis campus opened in 1916. The Webster University Archives has a copy of the inventory of items bought … Continue reading

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The Costs of Going to Webster in the 1920s

Last spring, the family of 1928 graduate Helen McGuire Swain donated some items from her college years to the Webster University Archives. Particularly interesting are the lists of expenses that she kept during her time at Webster. In addition to … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor and Webster College

Ten days after the Pearl Harbor attack, Webster College President George Donovan wrote the following in the student newspaper: “Our students are asked to continue to manifest a normal interest in their studies and other activities; to remain in college … Continue reading

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Library display: Social Activities in the Early Years at Webster

When early Webster students needed a break from their studies, they found lots of options on campus and in the community. Dances, teas, picnics, etc. filled their social calendars and made for a lively campus environment. The latest library display … Continue reading

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Past traditions: the capping ceremony

Many years ago, an upperclassman would present a green cap to a freshman at the beginning of the school year. I recently received a copy of the remarks which accompanied these presentations made at the capping ceremony of 1962. They … Continue reading

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Do you remember when the library was under construction?

July 1 marked the eighth anniversary of the opening of the Emerson Library. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since we were watching the building rise from what was once a parking lot and the site … Continue reading

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Free your photos from magnetic albums

Magnetic albums are not recommended for photo preservation (find out why at http://preservingafamilycollection.blogspot.com/2010/10/magnetic-photo-album.html). If you are trying to remove photos that have become stuck in one of these albums over time, check the tips at http://www.helleniccomserve.com/hhgastickydocsphotos.html and watch as a Conservation … Continue reading

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