Special Collections

Documenting WWI: The Harlem Hellfighters in Men of Bronze

By Rose Miyatsu on December 12, 2017

As we continue to highlight collections related to America’s entry into WWI a century ago, we cannot neglect the seldom-told story of the African American regiment that fought on the front lines in France during the war. Known officially as the 369th combat regiment, these men from New York were ...

William H. Gass Remembered Around the Web

By William Youngblood on December 12, 2017

Over the weekend the world of literature absorbed and responded to the death of writer William H. Gass, and the remembrances started rolling in. We at the Modern Literature Collection are touched by the warm tributes to Gass’s life and work.  Here are a few selections from around the web: T...

Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part I

By Joel Minor and William Youngblood on December 8, 2017

We were saddened to hear of the death of William H. Gass, at the age of 93. As the many obituaries and tributes have attested and will attest, with his passing we have lost an important and still-active voice in American letters (Eyes, a collection of short stories and novellas was published in 2...

Remembering William H. Gass

By Shannon Davis on December 8, 2017

William H. Gass, the David May Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at his home in University City, Mo. He was 93. Gass was an accomplished American novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic, photog...

WWI Collections: The Atkin Posters

By Rose Miyatsu on December 7, 2017

One of Washington University in St Louis’s most spectacular WWI holdings is a collection of more than 400 WWI recruitment and propaganda posters, originally collected by Louis and Jodi Atkin, who donated the collection to Wash U in 2014. Louis Atkin assembled his collection by searching though an...

Working With Special Collections: Meet Phillip Caprara

By Rose Miyatsu on December 7, 2017

When Phillip Caprara, a current doctoral student in Washington University in St. Louis’s Classics department, first saw the university’s collection of over 400 papyri fragments, he could immediately tell that it needed some care, and he was just the person to provide it. This collecti...

Highlighting Washington University’s Papyri Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on December 5, 2017

Although Washington University’s Manuscripts Collections are perhaps best known for their extensive Modern Literature Collection holdings from the 20th century, their oldest collections date back over two millennia. Some of the most ancient manuscripts you can find at Washington University ...

The Saint Louis Car Company

By Rose Miyatsu on November 29, 2017

If you have been anywhere near The Loop in the last two years, you cannot help but have heard about the Delmar Loop Trolley that is planned to begin operations in early 2018.  The project broke ground in March of 2015 and plans to restore the historic Delmar streetcar line that has been out of [&...