John Lewis

Celebrating John Lewis

By Alison Carrick on July 21, 2020 in Film & Media Archive, Special Collections

Representative John Lewis died on July 17, 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a pivotal figure of Civil Rights Movement and was involved in several major campaigns and actions throughout his life. Interviews with him were featured in the documentary series, Eyes on the Prize, and are part of the Henry Hampton […]

Exhibit Features 100 Years of ACLU of Missouri History

By Alison Carrick on January 9, 2020 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History, What's New

On Sunday, January 12 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm, the ACLU of Missouri and Washington University Libraries will join forces to present an exhibition and community party to showcase a century of ACLU work. For the past three years, Washington University Library archivists and student interns poured through a century of ACLU history. Missouri is […]

Stitching Coptic-Bound Books

By Alison Carrick on July 5, 2019 in Rare Books, Special Collections

On Saturday, June 8, a group of library and book enthusiasts had the chance to learn about coptic binding at the Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. Led by Danielle Creech, Head of Preservation and Digitization, and Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books, participants not only perused works from the collections that […]

A Celebration of Book Arts

By Alison Carrick on April 5, 2019 in Rare Books, Special Collections

An opening reception for three book arts exhibitions was held on February 28.   Buzz Spector: Works On and Of Paper on view in the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of Olin Library, celebrates Sam Fox School Professor of Art Buzz Spector who creates pieces that explore and challenge the book as a form. The […]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy at Washington University

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, we’d like to celebrate his legacy and highlight some of the resources available in Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections. In 1957 Martin Luther King, Jr. visited St. Louis and spoke at the Washington University Assembly Series. Special Collections staff recently discovered a transcript […]

Updated: Japanese Book Binding Workshop

By Alison Carrick on March 7, 2019 in Rare Books, Special Collections, What's New

Japanese Book Binding Workshop at John M. Olin Library Saturday, April 6, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Level One  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AND 2:00-4:00 p.m. Due to popular demand, we have added a second workshop during the morning of April 6! Sign up for the morning workshop below. Come view amazing bindings […]

New Exhibit: “The Monster in the Library: Frankenstein Lives”

By Alison Carrick on December 4, 2018 in Rare Books, Special Collections, What's New

“The Monster in the Library: Frankenstein Lives!” is a student curated exhibition now on display at Olin Library in Special Collections.   Students enrolled in the Fall 2018 class “Frankenstein: Origins and Afterlives” explored materials from the library collections and beyond as a way to investigate the impact of Frankenstein on popular culture and the collective consciousness. Through the exhibition, […]

Work on display in "The Monster's Challenge" exhibit: "The Author of Frankenstein" by Will Jamison Eucker

“The Monster Challenge” Exhibit Now on Display in Olin Library

By Alison Carrick on November 20, 2018 in Special Collections, What's New

The Monster Challenge Exhibit is now on display in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Room As part of the Frankenstein Bicentennial, the ongoing celebration of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, Washington University held a competition, The Monster Challenge, this fall. The contest called for both undergraduate and graduate students to submit creative works that “exemplify the spirit, tone, and feeling of Frankenstein for our […]

Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington

By Alison Carrick on August 31, 2018 in Film & Media Archive, Special Collections

This week marks the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The success of this peaceful march, which attracted an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people on August 28, 1963, was the culmination of twenty years of planning and organizing by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin.  A. Philip Randolph was a tireless organizer and leader […]