Special Collections

Updated: Japanese Book Binding Workshop

By Alison Carrick on March 7, 2019

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...

Washington University to Host ‘Illustration Across Media’ Symposium March 21-23

By Julie Hale on March 1, 2019

The D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library (DMGHL) at Washington University in St. Louis and the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum will bring leading scholars and artist practitioners together at a symposium designed to explore the significance and impact...

Washington University Libraries Acquire Eugene O’Neill Collection

By Julie Hale on February 21, 2019

In December 2018, Washington University Libraries acquired the Eugene O’Neill Collection, an archive of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and other materials related to the life and work of playwright Eugene O’Neill. A native New Yorker, O’Neill (1888-1953) was an acclaimed dramatist who ...

New Book Arts Exhibits Now on Display in Olin Library

By Julie Hale on February 15, 2019

Three new exhibitions at Olin Library celebrate Washington University’s book arts community. Featuring works by Washington University faculty and students, as well as pieces from the University Libraries’ rare book collections, the exhibits highlight the many techniques, interpretations, and poss...

The Raymond Federman Papers

By Analeah Rosen on February 13, 2019

Raymond Federman – novelist, poet, critic, translator – was nothing if not prolific. And now, his literary papers are fully processed and available to researchers, students, and members of the general public. To celebrate this major addition to the Modern Literature Collection, we present a very ...

Reflections on Roger Baldwin and WashU

By Jordan Dubin (WUSTL Class of 2019) on February 6, 2019

by Jordan Dubin, WUSTL Class of 2019 As an intern helping compile the ACLU of Missouri’s history, one of my tasks involved learning more about Roger Nash Baldwin and his work in St. Louis from 1906 until he left for New York City in 1917.  Baldwin would use this experience in Missouri to ev...

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 5, 2019

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, The Griot Museum of Black History is hosting a series of events Saturday February 9, 2019.   As part of The Griot’s observance of Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Erise Williams and De Nichols will come together to discuss their mir...

LGBTQ history and Black History Month

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 5, 2019

The Zebra Lounge is one of  800+ locations connected to LGBTQ history that are documented online in  Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis.  In the 1980s the popular gay men’s bar advertised with a motto “a beautiful blend of Black and White.” This was more than a clever advertising play on t...

New this Spring: Instruction Request Form!

By Amanda on February 1, 2019

Interested in incorporating the library in your course? Check out the updated instruction page, including the new instruction request form! The library is developing an Instruction and Information Literacy Program dedicated to helping faculty incorporate meaningful information literacy skills and...

Readers on The William H. Gass Reader

By Analeah Rosen on February 1, 2019

On the occasion of the publication of The William H. Gass Reader, we asked two writers and Gass aficionados about how his archive here at Special Collections helped shape their research into his celebrated essays and stories. Gass’ literary output was impressive– he published seventeen books in h...