Special Collections

Campus Construction: Then And Now Fall 2018

By Rose Miyatsu on September 19, 2018

Construction teams were hard at work on campus this summer, and those of you returning to Danforth this semester will have already noticed that several new structures have popped up on campus in the East End. To celebrate this progress, we thought it was about time for another installment of our ...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Revista Chicano-Riqueña

By Rose Miyatsu on September 18, 2018

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and we are celebrating by highlighting some of the materials in our collections that are related to Hispanic culture and history. To kick of the month, we will be looking at a very influential journal Revista Chicano-Riqueña, or Chicano-...

Interview with Poet and WUSTL Faculty Member Mary Jo Bang

By Rose Miyatsu on September 12, 2018

When Washington University Libraries’ Modern Literature Collection was initially created in 1964, all but two of the forty-six writers in the original collection were still living. Today, the collection has grown to more than 175 authors, presses, and journals, with much of the archive stil...

WWI Collections: Wartime Recipes from the Gellhorn Papers

By Rose Miyatsu on September 4, 2018

Looking for some new and unusual recipes to try this fall? You might find some unexpected inspiration in Washington University Archives’ WWI collections. Edna Gellhorn, a civic leader, reformer, and St. Louis native, was very involved in in the Women’s Central Committee on Food Conser...

Joy Williams Papers Now Available For Research

By William Youngblood on September 4, 2018

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections is pleased to announce that the Joy Williams Papers are now available to researchers. The papers, bringing together five decades of materials, including manuscript drafts for Williams’ four novels, five story collections and unpublished wo...

Celebrating Labor Day with the Sentner Papers

By Rose Miyatsu on September 1, 2018

In celebration of Labor Day this Monday, we are highlighting the extensive and drama-filled collection of radical local labor organizer William Sentner, who fought hard to establish a livable wage in the midst of the Great Depression. Sentner, a St. Louis native, led District 8 of the United Elec...

Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington

By Alison Carrick on August 31, 2018

This week marks the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The success of this peaceful march, which attracted an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people on August 28, 1963, was the culmination of twenty years of planning and organizing by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rust...

Hotch at 100: Legacies

By William Youngblood on August 28, 2018

In the final installment of “Hotch at 100,” our interview with writer, philanthropist, and Washington University in St. Louis alumnus A. E. Hotchner, Hotchner reflects on various aspects of his legacy. He touches on his 100th birthday, his feelings about his written work, his advice t...

Der Struwwelpeter: A Famous Children’s Book

By Rose Miyatsu on August 21, 2018

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections has an extensive collection of children’s books, some of which are over a century old. Children’s books, and the morals they teach, can provide us with an interesting look at the fundamental values of a period and a culture. One of t...

Hotch at 100: “The World of Nick Adams”

By William Youngblood on August 16, 2018

In this installment of Hotch at 100, our ongoing video interview with writer, philanthropist, and Washington University in St. Louis alumnus, A. E. Hotchner, Hotch continues the story of “The World of Nick Adams”, a project that began with his very first work for television, an adapta...