Welcome to the Hurst Digital Archive (HDA).

The HDA is currently in a pilot phase. Access to the streamed audio files is limited to the Washington University in St. Louis community and requires an account with a password. For access please use the link "Request Access" above.

The archive brings together for the first time audio recordings of readings and talks given by prominent poets, fiction writers, essayists, critics, and scholars of literature and language who have visited the University under the auspices of the Hurst Endowment. The lectures, readings, and colloquia offered by Hurst Professors have been recorded since the Endowment's inception in 1970 (see About for more info on Hurst Professorships), and those recordings now have been digitized. In its initial phase, the Hurst Digital Archive now makes portions of this rare audio collection of twenty- and twenty-first century literary and scholarly treasures available online.

This resource is sponsored by the English Department of Washington University, and Olin Library, especially its Special Collections department and its Modern Sound Archive. Programming and database development was provided by Arts & Sciences Computing and Jason Clevenger.

For more about accessing the archive, see About.