Modernist Design and the Children’s Magazine

By c.bosch on May 24, 2017

By the middle of the twentieth century, the notion of American periodical publications aimed at a younger readership was already well established. Early versions of children’s magazines appeared in the States as early as the late 1700s, and by the time Humpty Dumpty was launched by Parent’s Magaz...

Olin Transformation Update

By Julie Hale on May 24, 2017

Summer has arrived, and the Olin Transformation Project continues to progress. Preparations are well underway for construction of the Thomas Gallery exhibition space on Level 1 of Olin Library. Here’s what to expect over the next several weeks. The following services on Level 1 will be unav...

Drawing Race in 1930’s Collier’s

By Noah on May 22, 2017

In the 1930’s Collier’s magazine represented a popular, progressive viewpoint on American culture. The magazine published articles by Winston Churchill on the significance of the U.S. constitution in the 20th century, as well as profiles skeptical of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany under Hi...

Talk with Filmmaker Jon Else Now Available Online

By Jody Mitori on May 18, 2017

On April 19, 2017, Washington University Libraries, Cinema St. Louis, and the Missouri History Museum hosted filmmaker Jon Else as part of the Henry Hampton Film Series. Else was a cinematographer and series producer on the 1980s documentary series Eyes on the Prize. He has written about the maki...

Library Inventory

By Alison Verbeck on May 17, 2017

The annual inventory of Physics Library material was done in May. The good news is that some of the lost and missing books from last year did show up.  However, there were still some rather large losses.  It is difficult to tell if the thief has stopped stealing from the collection, although the ...

WU Libraries Staff Spotlight: Paul Hahn

By Julie Hale on May 17, 2017

Music Library Assistant Paul Hahn grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, playing cello in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony.  He holds bachelor’s degrees in music and computer science, both from WU. As a choral singer, he has performed with the WU Chamber Choir, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, and a voc...

Helen Dryden: Illustrator and Industrial Designer in the Age of Art Deco

By Cathy on May 17, 2017

In the early twentieth century, the covers of the large publications were beautifully illustrated, and many artists who contributed became household names. The art created for fashion magazines in particular stands out. What had started out as representational drawings of clothing and models morp...