Special Collections

Exhibit Features 100 Years of ACLU of Missouri History

By Alison Carrick on January 9, 2020

On Sunday, January 12 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm, the ACLU of Missouri and Washington University Libraries will join forces to present an exhibition and community party to showcase a century of ACLU work. For the past three years, Washington University Library archivists and student interns poured throu...

Libraries’ Essay Competition Offers Cash Prizes to Students

By WU Libraries on December 16, 2019

The Washington University Libraries are giving away cash prizes to the students who write the best short essays about their personal book collections. That’s right, students — ponder the contents of your bookshelves, write a brief essay, and you could win cash. The Neureuther Student Book Collect...

Cartography and Maps

By Tobias Feldmann on December 13, 2019

Maps help us to orient ourselves in the world or in a specific region and find the place we’re looking for, just like our WashU campus maps help many students and visitors to find their way. In general, maps are an important tool in our everyday lives and have been so for hundreds of years. [&hel...

Washington University Libraries Spring Book Club Series

By jkillion on December 5, 2019

Join us as we explore both fiction and non-fiction titles, with selections focusing on history, medicine, travel, adventure, rare books, and literature. Book Clubs will begin with a showcase of collection materials related to the reading, followed by a discussion of the book. Free and open to all...

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...