Special Collections

Washington University Libraries Virtual Book Club

By University Libraries on December 1, 2020

WashU Libraries Book Club goes virtual! Get comfy and join us from home as we explore titles focusing on history, medicine, travel, adventure, rare books, and literature. Virtual book clubs will be held via Zoom and are free and open to all. Please note: Registration is required for access to the...

“Lunacy and Organization” in the William Gaddis Papers, Part 1

By Joel Minor on November 25, 2020

On April 26, 1964, William Gaddis wrote a letter to his literary agent, Candida Donadio, explaining the expansion of his second novel, J R, and comparing it to a similar evolution that happened with his first, The Recognitions, published nine years prior. In both cases, the author began to lose i...

Film & Media Archive Receives Gift of Archival Materials from Kartemquin Films

By Washington University Libraries on November 16, 2020

The award-winning nonprofit production company Kartemquin Films is donating the physical materials in its archives to Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive (FMA). Since its founding in 1966 by a collective of working filmmakers, Kartemquin has produced 70+ documentary films th...

Geography Awareness Week: A Look at Cartography and Rare Maps

By Tobias Feldman on November 16, 2020

November 15–21 is Geography Awareness Week. In honor of the occasion, PhD student Tobias Feldmann takes a look at some of the rare cartographic works housed in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections at John M. Olin Library. Cartography and Maps A map helps us orient ourselves in the ...

American Archives Month: What Is an Archive?

By Sonya Rooney on October 15, 2020

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is an Archive?” This is a great time to ask that question, because October is American Archives Month! We invite you to watch the short video “What Is an Archive?”, which gives a brief overview of archives, including: what kinds of things archives h...

ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Mapping Police Violence in St. Louis

By Ashley Jackson (PhD Student, Brown School WU) on September 17, 2020

Racial Violence, Legacies, and Reckoning Heightened awareness around the issue of police violence has ensued amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, but for many, this social issue is all too familiar. The highly publicized deaths of Michael Brown in our own city of St. Louis and the recent kil...

25th Anniversary of The Tunnel

By Joel Minor on September 9, 2020

This year marks a quarter century since William Gass‘ long-awaited tome, The Tunnel, was published by Knopf. In 1995, after nearly 30 years of writing and 26 years of published excerpts, postmodern fiction lovers could finally immerse themselves fully in William Kohler’s subterranean ...

C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Pioneer and Missouri Native, Dies at 95

By Washington University Libraries on July 23, 2020

“It was the Freedom Riders in Parchman [the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman], where we created new songs as well as sang freedom songs. The joy of the place was there as we sang. Guards and so forth did not understand it. I remember making up songs one Sunday morning as we created our ...