Manuscripts

Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Wins Citation for Exhibit

By Julie Hale on April 30, 2019

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections at the Washington University Libraries has  earned a notable citation as part of the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s 2019 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhi...

The Life and Mystery of Poet Elizabeth Jennings

By Analeah Rosen on April 2, 2019

Poet Elizabeth Jennings (1926 – 2001) led an extraordinary life: the only woman to join the Movement (an English group of poets dedicated to an anti-romantic aesthetic); publisher of twenty-six books of poetry in her lifetime; colloquially known in her later life as the bag-lady of poetry due to ...

Remembering the Deep Impact of W.S. Merwin

By Analeah Rosen on March 26, 2019

On March 15, 2019 we lost a giant of the poetry world. W.S. Merwin’s work spanned the later half of the 20th century up until today – his first collection, A Mask for Janus, was published in 1952, with his last collection, Garden Time, published in 2016. In each collection he sought to remake his...

Washington University Libraries Acquire Eugene O’Neill Collection

By Julie Hale on February 21, 2019

In December 2018, Washington University Libraries acquired the Eugene O’Neill Collection, an archive of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and other materials related to the life and work of playwright Eugene O’Neill. A native New Yorker, O’Neill (1888-1953) was an acclaimed dramatist who ...

The Raymond Federman Papers

By Analeah Rosen on February 13, 2019

Raymond Federman – novelist, poet, critic, translator – was nothing if not prolific. And now, his literary papers are fully processed and available to researchers, students, and members of the general public. To celebrate this major addition to the Modern Literature Collection, we present a very ...

Readers on The William H. Gass Reader

By Analeah Rosen on February 1, 2019

On the occasion of the publication of The William H. Gass Reader, we asked two writers and Gass aficionados about how his archive here at Special Collections helped shape their research into his celebrated essays and stories. Gass’ literary output was impressive– he published seventeen books in h...

Mary Jo Bang Celebration

By joelminor on December 21, 2018

On November 30, 2018, Washington University celebrated Mary Jo Bang–her work as a poet, English professor and artist, and her extensive collection of manuscripts, books, journals, photographs and other research materials in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. The event star...

William Gaddis Remembered

By Rose Miyatsu on December 17, 2018

Twenty years ago, on December 16, 1998, American lost one of its greatest postmodern novelists when William Gaddis passed away at the age of 75. Today, we celebrate Gaddis’ life with an overview of the Modern Literature Collection‘s William Gaddis Papers at the Washington University Librari...

Tunnel Books

By Rose Miyatsu on November 30, 2018

In anticipation of our exciting new workshop on tunnel books on December 8th, we are using this post to highlight some of the stunning tunnel books we have in our Rare Books department. About Tunnel Books Tunnel books are a form of artist book that tells a story through a three-dimensional struct...

Self-Portrait with Others – A Celebration of Mary Jo Bang

By Analeah Rosen on November 28, 2018

Poet and Washington University Professor Mary Jo Bang has spent over thirty years writing, publishing, and teaching poetry. On November 30th, Special Collections will celebrate the inclusion of Bang’s papers in the Modern Literature Collection with “Mary Jo Bang: Self-Portrait with Others.&...