‘More Than One Thing’ to screen this weekend

By Alison Carrick on February 9, 2018

More Than One Thing, A recently preserved film from Washington University Libraries’ collections will screen this weekend with The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at Kirkwood Public Library. Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive recently completed the preservation of the rare short fil...

WU Libraries’ Mark Scharff Receives Award from Music OCLC Users Group

By Julie Hale on February 7, 2018

WU Libraries are pleased to announce that Mark Scharff, music cataloger at Gaylord Music Library, has been named the recipient of the Music Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Users Group’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award. We share the following announcement from Casey A. Mullin, head of...

Robert Fawcett

By Andrea Degener on February 7, 2018

We will be highlighting some of the illustrator files that were digitized from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive as part of a CLIR Grant initiative. Many people from the Libraries assisted with adding metadata to the digitized files. One person in particular, Ian Lanius, Curatorial Assistant in ...

Cordelia Baker: Teaching Bookbinding to Society Women

By Rose Miyatsu on February 6, 2018

What is an Educated Woman to Do? At the turn of the twentieth century, it was becoming more common for young, upper-class women to go away to receive an education, but few ways for them to use it once they returned home. A 1906 article in the St Louis Post-Dispatch laments, “There are already 10 ...

Call for Nominations – 2018 Trailblazers Award

By Rose Miyatsu on February 5, 2018

  Kick off Black History Month by nominating someone for the Trailblazers award! Nominations will be accepted until February 15 at 5:00 pm. The Washington University Trailblazers was established in 2016 to acknowledge, commemorate and celebrate the contributions Black alumni, faculty and sta...

#ColorOurCollections Coloring Fest Takes Place February 5-9 at WU Libraries

By Julie Hale on February 5, 2018

#ColorOurCollections is a week-long coloring fest on social media organized by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world. Using materials from their collections, these institutions are sharing free coloring content with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections. The coloring fe...

Hotch at 100: Entering World War 2

By William Youngblood on February 2, 2018

In this fourth installment of our ongoing video interview with A. E. Hotchner, recorded to commemorate his 100th birthday, Hotch talks to us about his early experiences of World War 2, his attempts to become a pilot or a naval officer (and eventual assignment as one of the “airplane monkeys...

Over 150,000 Digitized Tear Sheets Now Available

By Andrea Degener on February 2, 2018

Two years ago, the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library was awarded a CLIR grant to digitize 150,000 tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. The digitized tear sheets are now publicly available through Shared Shelf Commons (soon to be rebranded as JSTOR Forum). Below are some highligh...

Highlighting the Little Rock Nine Interviews

By Rose Miyatsu on February 1, 2018

This month, Special Collections Blog will be highlighting a few of our many collections on African American history. Some of our most interesting material comes from the Henry Hampton Collection and the interviews he conducted for his fourteen part PBS documentary series, Eyes on the Prize. Eyes ...

Encyclopedia of the Atlantic world, 1400-1900–NEW eREFERENCE

By Brian Vetruba on February 1, 2018

Encyclopedia of the Atlantic world, 1400-1900 : Europe, Africa, and the Americas in an age of exploration, trade, and empires / David Head, editor. Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, 2018. SUMMARY: “Until recently, the age of exploration and empire building was researched and taught with...