Special Collections

Film & Media Archive Receives Grant to Digitize “Eyes on the Prize II” Footage

By Julie Hale on April 2, 2019

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a grant of $226,392 to Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive to fund the Eyes on the Prize II Interview Digitization and Dissemination Project. The project will digitize 106 hours from the original 16 mm camera negati...

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...

Updated: Japanese Book Binding Workshop

By Alison Carrick on March 7, 2019

Japanese Book Binding Workshop at John M. Olin Library Saturday, April 6, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Level One  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AND 2:00-4:00 p.m. Due to popular demand, we have added a second workshop during the morning of April 6! Sign up for the morning...

Washington University to Host ‘Illustration Across Media’ Symposium March 21-23

By Julie Hale on March 1, 2019

The D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library (DMGHL) at Washington University in St. Louis and the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum will bring leading scholars and artist practitioners together at a symposium designed to explore the significance and impact...

New Book Arts Exhibits Now on Display in Olin Library

By Julie Hale on February 15, 2019

Three new exhibitions at Olin Library celebrate Washington University’s book arts community. Featuring works by Washington University faculty and students, as well as pieces from the University Libraries’ rare book collections, the exhibits highlight the many techniques, interpretations, and poss...

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 ...

Reflections on Roger Baldwin and WashU

By Jordan Dubin (WUSTL Class of 2019) on February 6, 2019

by Jordan Dubin, WUSTL Class of 2019 As an intern helping compile the ACLU of Missouri’s history, one of my tasks involved learning more about Roger Nash Baldwin and his work in St. Louis from 1906 until he left for New York City in 1917.  Baldwin would use this experience in Missouri to ev...

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 5, 2019

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, The Griot Museum of Black History is hosting a series of events Saturday February 9, 2019.   As part of The Griot’s observance of Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Erise Williams and De Nichols will come together to discuss their mir...