Special Collections

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Tejidos

By Rose Miyatsu on October 15, 2018

Today we are continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with an issue of the journal Tejidos that is dedicated to an important moment in Texas Chicano history: the Texas Farm Worker’s March to Washington for Human Rights in 1977. About Tejidos Tejidos is one of the many Chicano Movemen...

National Coming Out Day and the LGBTQ+ Research Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on October 12, 2018

Yesterday was National Coming Out Day, and to celebrate, we are highlighting one of our most extensive LGBTQ+ collections, the LGBTQ+ Research Collection. The History of National Coming Out Day National Coming Out Day was established in 1988 to encourage LGBTQ+ populations to come out to their fr...

Joy Williams’ Second Novel, Forty Years Later

By Analeah Rosen on October 10, 2018

Joy Williams’ second novel, The Changeling, has been reissued to much acclaim by Tin House Books with a new introduction by Karen Russell. Upon its initial publication forty years ago, however, few but her devoted fans would have foreseen this 180-degree turn in critical reception. That’s because...

New Book Arts Exhibit and Presentation: Peter and Donna Thomas

By Rose Miyatsu on October 9, 2018

Self-proclaimed “wandering book artists” Peter and Donna Thomas made their first book in 1978, and they have been traveling throughout the country in their “gypsy wagon” to share their passion for this art ever since. This year they are celebrating their 40th anniversary in bookmaking...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with the Codex Espangliensis

By Rose Miyatsu on October 5, 2018

Today we are continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a look at a beautifully crafted artist book called Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol. Inspired by pre-Hispanic codices like the Codex Cospi, this collaboration between performance artist Guillermo Gómez-...

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...

WUSTL undergraduates Natalie Hilmer and Jordan Dubin stand with boxes from the archive.

Fall 2018 Interns Explore ACLU-MO History

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 5, 2018

Special Collections is happy to introduce Natalie Hilmer and Jordan Dubin, this semester’s ACLU-MO Archives Interns.   Natalie is working on providing better descriptions for boxes in Series 3 of the ACLU-MO Records, covering the 1940s-early 1980s.  Several of these files relate to vio...

LGBT History Month 2018 with rainbow graphic

LGBT History Month 2018

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 3, 2018

October is LGBT History Month — and a great opportunity to focus on how important events in October, and its predominate holiday Halloween, are to our local LGBTQ history. Miss Fannie’s Ball: A St. Louis Halloween tradition Starting in the late 1950s the Jolly Jesters social club orga...

Summer Institute in Papyrology

By joelminor on October 2, 2018

From the Chair of Classics, Dr. Catherine Keane: The 2018 Summer Institute in Papyrology (SIP), organized by the American Society of Papyrologists (ASP) and held in Olin Library Special Collections, represents a lasting investment in our important collection of papyri from Egypt. The papyri colle...

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...