Special Collections

WashU at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

By Cassie on December 21, 2017

On December 9th, Washington University Libraries partnered with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for a collaborative event inspired by the current exhibits Living Proof: Drawing in 19th-Century Japan and Rough Cut: Independent Japanese Animation. Members of the community participated in workshops on ...

Archiving Digital Media: From Documenting Ferguson to Documenting the Now

By Rose Miyatsu on December 21, 2017

When Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO on August 9th, 2014, social media played a huge role in how this shooting and the protests that followed were reported and interpreted. Official media reports of the events as they unfolded were constantly being challenged an...

2 female students seated

Hands on History: Reflections from an archive intern

By Saoirse Hahn (WU Class of 2018) on December 19, 2017

Spending the fall 2017 semester working with the American Civil Liberty Union of Missouri’s archived records has offered me a truly unique opportunity to examine the history of an American institution. The American Civil Liberties Union was present for almost the entirety of the twentieth c...

“Mean Streets” draws big crowds at the St. Louis International Film Festival

By Alison Carrick on December 18, 2017

For the second year in a row, Washington University Libraries partnered with Cinema St. Louis and others to present “Mean Streets,” a five-day program of both narrative and documentary works that show how film and television reflect problems within U.S. society, including the overt an...

Documenting WWI: The Harlem Hellfighters in Men of Bronze

By Rose Miyatsu on December 12, 2017

As we continue to highlight collections related to America’s entry into WWI a century ago, we cannot neglect the seldom-told story of the African American regiment that fought on the front lines in France during the war. Known officially as the 369th combat regiment, these men from New York were ...

William H. Gass

William H. Gass Remembered Around the Web

By William Youngblood on December 12, 2017

Over the weekend the world of literature absorbed and responded to the death of writer William H. Gass, and the remembrances started rolling in. We at the Modern Literature Collection are touched by the warm tributes to Gass’s life and work.  Here are a few selections from around the web: T...

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

By Joel Minor and William Youngblood on December 8, 2017

We were saddened to hear of the death of William H. Gass, at the age of 93. As the many obituaries and tributes have attested and will attest, with his passing we have lost an important and still-active voice in American letters (Eyes, a collection of short stories and novellas was published in 2...

Remembering William H. Gass

By Shannon Davis on December 8, 2017

William H. Gass, the David May Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at his home in University City, Mo. He was 93. Gass was an accomplished American novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic, photog...

WWI Collections: The Atkin Posters

By Rose Miyatsu on December 7, 2017

One of Washington University in St Louis’s most spectacular WWI holdings is a collection of more than 400 WWI recruitment and propaganda posters, originally collected by Louis and Jodi Atkin, who donated the collection to Wash U in 2014. Louis Atkin assembled his collection by searching though an...

Working With Special Collections: Meet Phillip Caprara

By Rose Miyatsu on December 7, 2017

When Phillip Caprara, a current doctoral student in Washington University in St. Louis’s Classics department, first saw the university’s collection of over 400 papyri fragments, he could immediately tell that it needed some care, and he was just the person to provide it. This collecti...