Special Collections

Hotch at 100: Entering World War 2

By William Youngblood on February 2, 2018

In this fourth installment of our ongoing video interview with A. E. Hotchner, recorded to commemorate his 100th birthday, Hotch talks to us about his early experiences of World War 2, his attempts to become a pilot or a naval officer (and eventual assignment as one of the “airplane monkeys...

Over 150,000 Digitized Tear Sheets Now Available

By Andrea Degener on February 2, 2018

Two years ago, the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library was awarded a CLIR grant to digitize 150,000 tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. The digitized tear sheets are now publicly available through Shared Shelf Commons (soon to be rebranded as JSTOR Forum). Below are some highligh...

Highlighting the Little Rock Nine Interviews

By Rose Miyatsu on February 1, 2018

This month, Special Collections Blog will be highlighting a few of our many collections on African American history. Some of our most interesting material comes from the Henry Hampton Collection and the interviews he conducted for his fourteen part PBS documentary series, Eyes on the Prize. Eyes ...

Washington University Libraries Acquire Papers of Author Joy Williams

By Joel Minor on January 22, 2018

  The Washington University Libraries, with support from the Washington University Department of English, recently acquired the Joy Williams Papers, a collection of drafts, journals, correspondence, and other materials related to the life and work of celebrated author Joy Williams. An acclai...

Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part 2

By William Youngblood on January 19, 2018

The Modern Literature Collection is pleased to announce that Washington University in St. Louis will be hosting a tribute to the life and work of William H. Gass. The event will take place on April 6th, 2018 on Washington University’s Danforth campus. More details, including special guests ...

Performance: “Tim Youd: St. Louis Retyped”

By Rose Miyatsu on January 18, 2018

On January 26th, performance artist Tim Youd will be on campus continuing his 100 Novels project. He will be typing Stanley Elkin’s novel, The Franchiser, in Holmes Lounge from 10:30 am -1:00 pm and 2:00-4:00 pm on January 26th and in the Coffee Room (Room 210) of Duncker Hall on January 29...

Campus Construction: Then and Now

By Rose Miyatsu on January 16, 2018

The spring semester has officially begun, and as you have undoubtedly noticed, construction at the front end of campus continues on. One of the functions of University Archives is to document changes to our campus through the years. Our holdings contain historic photos that cover over a century o...

Free Screening of ‘Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart’ Takes Place January 25

By Julie Hale on January 11, 2018

The next entry in the Henry Hampton Film Series, Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart, will be screened on Thursday, January 25 at 4 p.m. in Whitaker Hall Auditorium on the Danforth Campus of Washington University. The documentary film looks at the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), the pla...