Discussing the Digital Humanities: An Interview with Hannah Scates Kettler

By Dorris on March 30, 2020

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, Dorris Scott, GIS librarian and social science data curator with Washington University Libraries’ Data Services unit, spoke with Hannah Scates Kettler, head of Digital Scholarship and Initiatives at Iowa State University. Kettler has spearheaded a number...

Lee Kissman Alternative Theater Collection

By Joel Minor on March 27, 2020

In 2019 Washington University Libraries acquired the Lee Kissman Alternative Theater Collection, a new milestone for the breadth of the Modern Literature Collection. As the title suggests, the collection belonged to Lee Kissman–an actor, playwright and director who has been active in experi...


Harry S. Truman

By Miranda Rectenwald on March 27, 2020

In the ACLU of Missouri’s archives in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, I found this delightful letter from Harry S. Truman. In 1959, the organization went by the name St. Louis Civil Liberties Committee and was a small volunteer-only advocacy organization. While the form...

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Poetry Contest Day 5

By Miranda Rectenwald on March 25, 2020

While preparing materials for a faculty workshop last fall, I happened across a brief correspondence from Langston Hughes in the St. Louis Urban League Records. November 29, 1940 from Los Angeles, California, Langston Hughes wrote, “Dear Mr. Clark:  I read with much interest of your plans f...

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Day 4 empty

By Miranda Rectenwald on March 24, 2020

Campus 2020 I snapped this photo on campus last week, while classes were on an extended Spring Break On a spring day in previous years this grassy field would have been full of students playing soccer, Frisbee, lounging in hammocks between trees and poles, or just sitting with friends.  But in 20...

IOP Publishing – Free to Read Access

By Alison Verbeck on March 24, 2020

IOP Publishing has now made all articles with any relevance to Coronavirus research free to read on IOPscience and on PubMed Central (PMC) throughout the duration of this health emergency. You can find more information and links to content here:  https://ioppublishing.org/news/coronavirus-article...

Historic documents and text: Everything May Yet Turn Out All Right

Everything May Yet Turn Out All Right

By Miranda Rectenwald on March 23, 2020

A number of years ago while preparing to scan some requested documents from the Steedman Fellowship in  Architectural Competition Collection, some letters with beautiful little sketches caught my eye.  I looked a bit closer at the letters and discovered they were not just perfunctory reports abou...

Data Services: Update on Resources and Assistance

By Dorris on March 20, 2020

During these challenging and unprecedented times, the Data Services team is dedicated to assisting the Washington University community with its data-related needs. Following the guidelines of recent university policy, we will be making changes to service delivery and updating our resources to bes...

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Day 2 An Unexpected Find

By Miranda Rectenwald on March 19, 2020

In February while meeting with some history students visiting the archives, I came across some unexpected photographs of John Lewis as a young man.   They capture one brief moment — a Sunday afternoon in May 1963 as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in St. Louis hosted an...