Special Collections

Lorin Cuoco, 1954-2019

By joelminor on August 15, 2019

It is with great sadness that we pause to note the death of Lorin Cuoco, a longtime advocate for literature and the arts, especially in the St. Louis area, who was also an accomplished editor, writer, poet, administrator, and interviewer. This recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch contain...

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Race, HIV/AIDS, and Health Care Access in 1980s St. Louis

By Eliza Murray, graduate student in history at UMSL on August 14, 2019

In conjunction with programs at The Griot Museum of Black History, Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is taking a closer look at the history of HIV/AIDS and sexual health in St. Louis.  This post by Mapping Project intern Eliza Murray focuses on the 1980s. In the mid-1980s, efforts to understand, treat, and...

Film & Media Archive Receives Grant to Preserve Rare Gordon Parks Documentary

By Washington University Libraries on August 13, 2019

Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has received a National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) Basic Preservation Grant to preserve and digitize the film Listen to a Stranger: An Interview with Gordon Parks (1973). The NFPF awarded a grant of $4,960 to support the project. ...

Washington University Libraries Launch New Book Club Series

By Jennifer Killion on August 8, 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...

May Swenson in Space

By joelminor on July 19, 2019

Written by Irina Teveleva In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing, we are highlighting materials in the Modern Literature Collection related to space exploration. The May Swenson Papers include the poetry manuscripts, collected works, correspondence...

James Dickey and the Apollo Program

By joelminor on July 18, 2019

Written by Irina Teveleva On the fiftieth anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing, we are showcasing materials in the Modern Literature Collection related to space exploration. The James Dickey Papers include correspondence, manuscript drafts, editorial matter, and more from the ...

Stitching Coptic-Bound Books

By Alison Carrick on July 5, 2019

On Saturday, June 8, a group of library and book enthusiasts had the chance to learn about coptic binding at the Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. Led by Danielle Creech, Head of Preservation and Digitization, and Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books...

Marching with Pride

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 21, 2019

In honor of #Stonewall50, Pride month, and to help add facts to the conversation in St. Louis, check out this online timeline local Pride of milestones.