Film & Media Archive

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...

October Is American Archives Month!

By Rose Miyatsu on October 5, 2018

Celebrate American Archives Month October is American Archives Month, established to draw attention to the important materials that are being preserved in library archives throughout the country. The new renovation to Olin Library has made Washington University Libraries’ archives even more...

A Film About Mexican-American Heritage from the Archives

By Rose Miyatsu on October 1, 2018

Old educational films can give us a glimpse into how average Americans were being taught about pivotal moments in our nation’s history. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to highlight one such educational film from 1971, The Mexican-American: Heritage and Destiny. Created in the m...

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...

Still from "Won by a Sweet"

Libraries Awarded NFPF Grant to Preserve Rare Promotional Film

By Jody Mitori on July 19, 2018

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) to preserve 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’ Assoc...

Grant Provides Funds to Digitize Interviews from ‘Black Champions’

By Jody Mitori on July 13, 2018

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded a grant of $27,228 to Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive to fund the project “Level Playing Field: Digitizing and Disseminating William Miles’ Black Champions Interviews.” The yearlong grant wil...

Filmed in St. Louis: King of the Hill

By Rose Miyatsu on June 26, 2018

On June 28th at 9AM, Olin Library will be hosting the 101 birthday celebration and book launch for St. Louis author A.E. Hotchner. The event will include an interview with Hotchner over video streaming, an exhibit and manuscript viewing, book sales and a reception. Hotchner is both a St. Louis na...

The Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration

By Rose Miyatsu on May 24, 2018

At the beginning of this month, faculty, staff, alumni, current students, and friends of Washington University in St. Louis witnessed the re-dedication of Olin Library after a massive two-year reconstruction project. Those who have been on campus for the entirety of the project have been particul...

Summer City Seminar: A Compendium of the Divided City

By Alison Carrick on May 8, 2018

The 2018 Summer City Seminar: A Compendium of the Divided City will take place on May 10-11th. The third annual Summer City Seminar will feature numerous panels and presentations highlighting projects created from the Divided City Initiative. Washington University Libraries have collaborated on m...

Lasting Legacies: Henry Hampton

By Alison Carrick on April 26, 2018

In anticipation of the official opening of the newly transformed Olin Library on May 1, 2018, we would like to preview some of the new spaces and exhibitions. Lasting Legacies, the inaugural exhibition of the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of John M. Olin Library, pays tribute to seven influential Was...