ACLU-MO Internship Presentations

By Rose Miyatsu on December 19, 2018 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History

Last week, the ACLU-MO internship project celebrated the close of another semester with presentations from three student interns and an exhibit of some of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Records. Lizzie Franclemont, who was the ACLU-MO project intern for Spring 2018, gave the first presentation, discussing what she had learned from her first foray […]

William Gaddis Remembered

By Rose Miyatsu on December 17, 2018 in Manuscripts, Special Collections

Twenty years ago, on December 16, 1998, American lost one of its greatest postmodern novelists when William Gaddis passed away at the age of 75. Today, we celebrate Gaddis’ life with an overview of the Modern Literature Collection‘s William Gaddis Papers at the Washington University Libraries. The Life of William Gaddis William Gaddis was born December […]

Fore-Edge Paintings

By Rose Miyatsu on December 14, 2018 in Rare Books, Special Collections

We’ve all heard that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but what about its pages? Today we will explore a very special, but often hidden, feature of some of our more elaborately decorated books: fore-edge paintings. What are Fore-Edge Paintings? Fore-edge paintings are scenes, portraits, or designs that are painted onto the edge of […]

Crafting Tunnel Books

By Rose Miyatsu on December 12, 2018 in Rare Books, Special Collections, What's New

This past Saturday, a small group of book enthusiasts gathered at the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections in Olin Library to learn how to craft tunnel books as part of a series of book making workshops generously funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. We began the afternoon by viewing some of the tunnel books […]

WWI Archives: Christmas at the Base Hospital

By Rose Miyatsu on December 11, 2018 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History, What's New

As the holiday season approaches, we are wrapping up our year of remembrance of WWI with a look at life in the trenches at Christmas time with photographs and letters from the collection of Washington University alum Arthur W. Proetz in the University Archives. About Arthur Proetz and the Base Hospital Arthur W. Proetz was a graduate of […]

First Bookmaking Workshop Was A Hit!

By Rose Miyatsu on December 6, 2018 in Rare Books, Special Collections

The Community Learns New Bookmaking Skills This past Saturday, eighteen enthusiastic participants from Washington University and the surrounding community gathered in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections to try their hand at some basic bookmaking. The workshop was part of a new series of Book Making Workshops that will continue this Saturday with a workshop […]

Tunnel Books

By Rose Miyatsu on November 30, 2018 in Manuscripts, Rare Books, Special Collections, What's New

In anticipation of our exciting new workshop on tunnel books on December 8th, we are using this post to highlight some of the stunning tunnel books we have in our Rare Books department. About Tunnel Books Tunnel books are a form of artist book that tells a story through a three-dimensional structure. They consist of […]

Reference Volumes on Native American Tribes

By Rose Miyatsu on November 30, 2018 in Rare Books, Special Collections

As we come to the end of Native American Heritage Month, we want to highlight some of the extensive volumes of 19th and early 20th- century reference books we have in the Edison Department of Special Collections. Although these reference materials are all written from an Anglo-American perspective, their beautiful illustrations and photographs provide a […]

Contemporary Native American Writers

By Rose Miyatsu on November 27, 2018 in Manuscripts, Rare Books, Special Collections

  Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! Thanksgiving is a time when Americans like to tell stories about early settlers and their relationships with indigenous people. However, the way these stories are often told leads many people to see Native American people as ancient and long-dead, rather than as participating in rich and thriving cultures that still […]

Bibles in Special Collections

By Rose Miyatsu on November 19, 2018 in Manuscripts, Rare Books, Special Collections, What's New

Last week, Washington University in St. Louis was privileged to have esteemed novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson on campus to give a series of lectures titled, “Holy Moses: An appreciation of Genesis and Exodus as literature and theology.” If these talks have sparked your interest in all things biblical, the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections […]