Special Collections

Washington University Commencement: Trivia and Traditions

By Julie Hale on May 15, 2019

Commencement fever is in the air! Washington University has come a long way since its first Commencement ceremony, which took place in 1862 and featured five graduates. Fast-forward a century-and-a-half or so: in 2017-2018, the university awarded a total of 4,664 degrees, including 2,836 graduate...

The ACLU’s work in Focus: Reflections from an Internship

By Andrew Celli (WU Class 2021) on May 14, 2019

Reflections The history of the ACLU of Missouri is the history of St. Louis – and, as the old saying goes, history repeats itself. In 2014, police in St. Louis and the neighboring municipalities attained national notoriety. The police shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent Department of Justice...

Still from "Won by a Sweet"

Film & Media Archive Completes Preservation of Rare Promotional Film

By Julie Hale on May 13, 2019

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has successfully completed the preservation of Won by a Sweet, a rare silent 16mm promotional film from 1929. The film was produced by R.P. Young Productions for the National Confectioners’ Association (NCA). The project was completed ...

Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding

By Cassie on May 13, 2019

Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding Saturday, June 8, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Olin Library Level One  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us for the next workshop in our bookmaking series! Come view amazing and early bindings from the University Libraries’ rare book co...

Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Wins Citation for Exhibit

By Julie Hale on April 30, 2019

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections at the Washington University Libraries has  earned a notable citation as part of the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s 2019 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhi...

A Celebration of Book Arts

By Alison Carrick on April 5, 2019

An opening reception for three book arts exhibitions was held on February 28.   Buzz Spector: Works On and Of Paper on view in the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of Olin Library, celebrates Sam Fox School Professor of Art Buzz Spector who creates pieces that explore and challenge the book as a fo...

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy at Washington University

By Alison Carrick on April 4, 2019

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, we’d like to celebrate his legacy and highlight some of the resources available in Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections. In 1957 Martin Luther King, Jr. visited St. Louis and spoke at t...