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The Influence of Medieval Design on the Arts and Crafts Movement

New Exhibit: The Influence of Medieval Design on the Arts and Crafts Movement

By Alison Carrick on August 16, 2017

The Influence of Medieval Design on the Arts and Crafts Movement, August-December 2017 Washington University Libraries Special Collections presents a new exhibit, “The Influence of Medieval Design on the Arts and Crafts Movement,” curated by practicum student Natalie Whitaker and on d...

Emmett Till: What Were We Seeing Then, What Are We Saying Now?

By l.sylvander on August 9, 2017

October 3, 1955: Life publishes Frank McMahon’s illustrations from the trial of Emmett Till’s murderers. Often considered the full igniting spark of the civil rights movement, Till’s lynching continues to provoke conversations surrounding race relations in the United States toda...

New Content: James Merrill Digital Archive

By Shannon Davis on July 31, 2017

The James Merrill Digital Archive is an ongoing project and collaborative effort by Scholarly Publishing, the Manuscripts unit of Special Collections, and the Humanities Digital Workshop. Intended as a resource for scholars, students, writers, and teachers, the James Merrill Digital Archive curre...

MADCO’s Freedom Project Captured in New Video

By Julie Hale on July 18, 2017

This year, Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) celebrated its 40th anniversary season with “Freedom,” a commissioned work by choreographers Jennifer Archibold, Gina Patterson, Cecil Slaughter, and Nejla Yatkin. The company partnered with WU Libraries on the piece. Members of MADCO s...

Advertising for Undergarments (1890s-1920s)

By amywang on June 23, 2017

The time around the turn of the 20th century was filled with cultural, social, and technological change. During this period, new technology directed production to large-scale manufacturing. Seeking to self promote, manufacturers branded their products, naturally leading to a need for sales promot...

Animated Filmmaker R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank Collection Comes to WU

By Jaleen Grove on June 22, 2017

A significant collection of works and documents from the animation studio The Ink Tank, owned and operated by cartoonist and animator R.O. Blechman 1977 – 2004, is finding a permanent home in the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis. The Library specializ...

The Golden Age of Jell-O

By Christina Wang on June 21, 2017

“Jell-O, America’s favorite dessert.” As famously advertised in Ladies’ Home Journal and other women’s magazines as early as 1902, Jell-O was a household favorite in the United States for almost a century. Today, Jell-O is most widely known as a childhood dessert or an alcoholic concoction;...

WU’s Film & Media Archive Awarded Grant to Preserve Rare Documentary

By Alison Carrick on June 20, 2017

Blackside’s Code Blue helped recruit young minorities to health professions The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) to preserve Code Blue, a 1972 recruitment film aimed at bringing minorities into the...