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A Research Experience

By Wendy Lu (WU Class of 2018) on April 26, 2017

by Wendy Lu (WU Class 2018) As a research assistant on the Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Project, I have been conducting archival research in the Special Collections Department here on Washington University’s campus. I’ve been going through several boxes from the ACLU of Eastern Missouri and researchin...

Fast-forwarding through history: reflections from a researcher

By Kristi Hagen (WU Class of 2018) on April 14, 2017

by Kristi Hagen (WU Class of 2018) I joined the Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Project in the fall of 2016, kicking off my work with a tour of the Central West End with Ian Darnell. I’m currently a junior majoring in anthropology, and minoring in history. I had taken Queer Histories with Professor Fried...

Remembering Derek Walcott

By caskew on April 14, 2017

Determining the boundaries of poetry, what it is and isn’t, what counts as ‘poetry’ and what doesn’t, is a thorny endeavor even – perhaps especially – for experienced poets. W.B. Yeats offered this standard: “Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with our...

Putting it back together

By Taylor Yocom on April 14, 2017

As a student worker for the MGHL, I have been cataloging magazine tear sheet illustrations from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive in Shared Shelf, a project funded by the CLIR Grant. The collection I’m currently working on features many illustrations by Frank Craig — made between 1874 and ...

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Alison Carrick on April 4, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee, 49 years ago, on April 4, 1968. Dr. King was a great orator and electrified audiences when he spoke, and on this anniversary we’d like to celebrate him, revisit some of his speeches, and explore interviews related to him at Washin...

“The Music Moved the Movement” program is now available online

By Alison Carrick on March 3, 2017

Washington University Libraries was an archival sponsor for “The Music Moved the Movement: A Conversation with Reena Evers-Everette and David Dennis, Sr.” at the National Blues Museum on February 16, 2017. The event included several interviews from our newly-completed Eyes on the Prize Digitizati...

Remembering David Meltzer

By caskew on March 2, 2017

Born in 1937 to a cellist and harpist, poet and musician David Meltzer was perhaps destined to a life informed and enchanted by sound. As a child, he performed on the radio and on TV with The Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour. This strong musical heritage was only the beginning of Meltzer’s robust...

Washington Park Cemetery Exhibit Opens March 3

By Julie Hale on February 28, 2017

The opening for “Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place” is Friday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard. This multimedia exhibition, conceived by photographer Jennifer Colten, includes 50 large-scale, color landscape photog...