Special Collections

What is the Word: Celebrating Samuel Beckett – Day 2

By joelminor on November 15, 2019

On November 7 and 8, 2019, Washington University celebrated the prose, poetry, drama, translations, correspondence and archives of Samuel Beckett, with a colloquium that included presentations, readings and performances by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The colloquium was held in Olin L...

What is the Word: Celebrating Samuel Beckett – Day 1

By joelminor on November 15, 2019

On November 7 and 8, 2019, Washington University celebrated the prose, poetry, drama, translations, correspondence and archives of Samuel Beckett, with a colloquium that included presentations, readings and performances by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The colloquium was held in Olin L...

Alchemy Books

By Tobias Feldmann on October 29, 2019

The rare books vault of the Department of Special Collections hosts many old books on various topics, including some disciplines that aren’t being taught at university anymore, like the mysterious art of alchemy. The Philip Mills Arnold Semeiology Collection encompasses a considerable number of b...

Film & Media Archive Completes Grant-Funded Digitization Project

By Barry Kelley on October 16, 2019

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has successfully completed the project “Level Playing Field: Digitizing and Disseminating William Miles’ Black Champions Interviews.” The project was completed with the support of a 2018 grant from the National Historical Publications ...

Samuel Beckett’s Translation Drafts

By Irina Teveleva on October 10, 2019

In celebration of the current exhibit and upcoming colloquium at the Washington University Libraries honoring the life of the Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), we are featuring selections of translation manuscripts and typescripts from the exhibit, starting with an autograph draft of Va et...

Washington University Libraries Celebrate Work of Samuel Beckett

By Washington University Libraries on October 4, 2019

A new exhibit and upcoming colloquium at the Washington University Libraries celebrate the life and work of Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906–1989). Beckett won the Nobel Prize in Literature 50 years ago this year, and 2019 also marks the 30th anniversary of his death. The exhibit and colloquium ...

“Momentum” Exhibit Now on Display in Olin Library

By Sonya Rooney on September 30, 2019

The inauguration of Andrew D. Martin as the 15th chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis is a historic moment. Many activities are planned for October 3. Go here for more information regarding the inauguration. One highlight of the occasion is Momentum: Bridging Past, Present, and Future...

Bookmaking Workshop: Accordion Fold

By Cassie on September 24, 2019

Bookmaking Workshop: Accordion Fold Saturday, November 2, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Olin Library sessions offered from 10am-noon and 2-4pm   Join special collections for the next in our series of bookmaking workshops! Accordion bindings have been used for centurie...