Special Collections

Bibles in Special Collections

By Rose Miyatsu on November 19, 2018

Last week, Washington University in St. Louis was privileged to have esteemed novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson on campus to give a series of lectures titled, “Holy Moses: An appreciation of Genesis and Exodus as literature and theology.” If these talks have sparked your intere...

Book Making Workshops

By Cassie on November 15, 2018

Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections is excited to announce two new workshops that are free and open to the public. Attendees will have a chance to view a selection of rare books from Special Collections in addition to gaining hands-on experience ...

Native American Languages

By Rose Miyatsu on November 15, 2018

November is National Native American Heritage Month, and the Edison Department of Special Collections has numerous books to help us celebrate! Today, we will be featuring four books from our collection that are written in or contain some description of Native American languages. Many of these lan...

Intern Opportunity for Spring 2019

By Miranda Rectenwald on November 12, 2018

Do you want to do one-of-a-kind primary research for the greater good? Are you intrigued by historical work that can explain today’s current trends?  We are looking for student interns to work with the ACLU of Missouri’s archival collections at Washington University Libraries.  Intern...

Kara Walker Artist Book on Display at SLAM

By Rose Miyatsu on November 11, 2018

Washington University Libraries is always eager to share some of the more extraordinary pieces in our collection with the wider St. Louis community. It is therefore with great enthusiasm that we announce that one of our artist books, Freedom: A Fable by artist Kara Walker will be on display at th...

WWI Archives: Dan Bartlett’s Books

By Rose Miyatsu on November 8, 2018

A part of our continued remembrance of the 100 year anniversary of America’s involvement in WWI, today we will be highlighting some wonderful books from the Dan Bartlett Collection. About Lieutenant Dan Bartlett Dan Bartlett was still a junior at Washington University when he joined the Res...

A New Exhibit and Colloquium on Guillaume Apollinaire

By Rose Miyatsu on November 6, 2018

Friday, November 9, marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. To commemorate this occasion, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures will be hosting a colloquium and exhibit in John M. Olin Library. The colloquium, titled “Apollinaire, Amou...

Rare Books on Ghosts and Witches

By Rose Miyatsu on October 31, 2018

Today is Halloween, which means it is the perfect time to look at some of Washington University Libraries’ rare books on witches and ghosts! A Pre-Salem Book on Witches One of the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections’ oldest books written entirely on the subject of witches ...

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part 3: The Making of Major Collections

By Rose Miyatsu on October 29, 2018

Today we are wrapping up Archives Month with a third and final installment of our “Staff Picks” series, for which some of our staff members in Special Collections have picked a notable underused or underappreciated item to highlight from our collections. In this post, we will be looking at some i...

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part 2: Famous Signatures

By Rose Miyatsu on October 25, 2018

October is Archives Month, and to celebrate, we’ve had some of our staff members in Special Collections pick an item from the collections they oversee that they feel is underused or underappreciated. In this post, we will look at autograph books from the Manuscripts Collection and a letter signed...