Special Collections

May Swenson in Space

By joelminor on July 19, 2019

Written by Irina Teveleva In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing, we are highlighting materials in the Modern Literature Collection related to space exploration. The May Swenson Papers include the poetry manuscripts, collected works, correspondence...

James Dickey and the Apollo Program

By joelminor on July 18, 2019

Written by Irina Teveleva On the fiftieth anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing, we are showcasing materials in the Modern Literature Collection related to space exploration. The James Dickey Papers include correspondence, manuscript drafts, editorial matter, and more from the ...

Stitching Coptic-Bound Books

By Alison Carrick on July 5, 2019

On Saturday, June 8, a group of library and book enthusiasts had the chance to learn about coptic binding at the Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. Led by Danielle Creech, Head of Preservation and Digitization, and Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books...

Marching with Pride

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 21, 2019

In honor of #Stonewall50, Pride month, and to help add facts to the conversation in St. Louis, check out this online timeline local Pride of milestones. 

Washington University Commencement: Trivia and Traditions

By Julie Hale on May 15, 2019

Commencement fever is in the air! Washington University has come a long way since its first Commencement ceremony, which took place in 1862 and featured five graduates. Fast-forward a century-and-a-half or so: in 2017-2018, the university awarded a total of 4,664 degrees, including 2,836 graduate...

The ACLU’s work in Focus: Reflections from an Internship

By Andrew Celli (WU Class 2021) on May 14, 2019

Reflections The history of the ACLU of Missouri is the history of St. Louis – and, as the old saying goes, history repeats itself. In 2014, police in St. Louis and the neighboring municipalities attained national notoriety. The police shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent Department of Justice...

Still from "Won by a Sweet"

Film & Media Archive Completes Preservation of Rare Promotional Film

By Julie Hale on May 13, 2019

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has successfully completed the preservation of Won by a Sweet, a rare silent 16mm promotional film from 1929. The film was produced by R.P. Young Productions for the National Confectioners’ Association (NCA). The project was completed ...

Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding

By Cassie on May 13, 2019

Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding Saturday, June 8, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Olin Library Level One  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us for the next workshop in our bookmaking series! Come view amazing and early bindings from the University Libraries’ rare book co...