Special Collections

Newman Tower Exhibit: The Eric Newman Money Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on May 22, 2018

Olin Library’s newly completed Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration spotlights objects from Washington University’s Julian Edison Department of Special Collections as well as loaned artifacts and exhibits curated by students and faculty. Materials in the current Money Exhibit are part of t...

Discovering a Seventeenth Century “Yearbook”

By Rose Miyatsu on May 14, 2018

As commencement approaches, many of our graduating seniors will soon be circulating their yearbooks, filling them with the signatures of their departing friends and colleagues. This practice of signing books is a college tradition that dates back as far as the 1540s, when students in Wittenberg, ...

Newman Tower Exhibit: Biedermeier Greeting Cards

By Rose Miyatsu on May 10, 2018

The new Newman Tower of Exploration and Collections has provided the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections with a unique chance to share some of our most treasured collections with the public. In this post, we would like to highlight a beautiful collection of Biedermeier greeting cards ...

Summer City Seminar: A Compendium of the Divided City

By Alison Carrick on May 8, 2018

The 2018 Summer City Seminar: A Compendium of the Divided City will take place on May 10-11th. The third annual Summer City Seminar will feature numerous panels and presentations highlighting projects created from the Divided City Initiative. Washington University Libraries have collaborated on m...

WWI Collections: The Washington University Memorial Association

By Rose Miyatsu on May 8, 2018

In 1919, after WWI had officially ended and troops had returned home, Washington University in St Louis decided to create a Memorial Association to document and record the University’s involvement in the war effort and of honor students, faculty, and graduates of the university who had served, an...

William H. Gass: His Life and Legacy — Tributes from Holmes Lounge and Olin Library

By William Youngblood on May 7, 2018

On April 6th Washington University in St. Louis hosted family, friends, colleagues, former students and fans of William H. Gass to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the esteemed author and Washington University philosophy professor. In both the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections ...

Newman Tower Exhibits: Forms of the Book

By Rose Miyatsu on May 4, 2018

What makes a book a book? Does it have to have lines of text that you read from left to right or right to left? Does it have to be bound with pages and a cover? How does the form of the text influence the way you read it? These are questions that we hope […]

Newman Tower Exhibit: Triple Crown Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on May 4, 2018

The new Newman Tower of Exploration and Collections has provided the Special Collections department with a unique chance to share some of our most treasured collections with the public. One particularly beautiful series of books currently on display features works from our Triple Crown Collection...

Declaration of Independence Exhibit Now Open in Olin Library

By Julie Hale on May 2, 2018

University Libraries’ new Declaration of Independence exhibit was unveiled on May 1, 2018, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the John M. Olin Library Transformation project. The exhibit spotlights a rare broadside copy of the Declaration that was printed by So...