Special Collections

Crafting Tunnel Books

By Rose Miyatsu on December 12, 2018

This past Saturday, a small group of book enthusiasts gathered at the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections in Olin Library to learn how to craft tunnel books as part of a series of book making workshops generously funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. We began the afternoon b...

WWI Archives: Christmas at the Base Hospital

By Rose Miyatsu on December 11, 2018

As the holiday season approaches, we are wrapping up our year of remembrance of WWI with a look at life in the trenches at Christmas time with photographs and letters from the collection of Washington University alum Arthur W. Proetz in the University Archives. About Arthur Proetz and the Base Ho...

First Bookmaking Workshop Was A Hit!

By Rose Miyatsu on December 6, 2018

The Community Learns New Bookmaking Skills This past Saturday, eighteen enthusiastic participants from Washington University and the surrounding community gathered in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections to try their hand at some basic bookmaking. The workshop was part of a new ser...

New Exhibit: “The Monster in the Library: Frankenstein Lives”

By Alison Carrick on December 4, 2018

“The Monster in the Library: Frankenstein Lives!” is a student curated exhibition now on display at Olin Library in Special Collections.   Students enrolled in the Fall 2018 class “Frankenstein: Origins and Afterlives” explored materials from the library collections and beyond as a way to in...

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...

Reference Volumes on Native American Tribes

By Rose Miyatsu on November 30, 2018

As we come to the end of Native American Heritage Month, we want to highlight some of the extensive volumes of 19th and early 20th- century reference books we have in the Edison Department of Special Collections. Although these reference materials are all written from an Anglo-American perspectiv...

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.&...

Contemporary Native American Writers

By Rose Miyatsu on November 27, 2018

  Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! Thanksgiving is a time when Americans like to tell stories about early settlers and their relationships with indigenous people. However, the way these stories are often told leads many people to see Native American people as ancient and long-dead, rath...

Impact HIV/AIDS Initiative Griot Museum

By Miranda Rectenwald on November 21, 2018

Washington University Libraries is one of several community partners joining The Griot Museum of Black History on the Impact HIV/AIDS Initiative — an arts and culture community awareness initiative  exploring the ongoing relationship between HIV/AIDS and the St. Louis region’s African-Ameri...

Work on display in "The Monster's Challenge" exhibit: "The Author of Frankenstein" by Will Jamison Eucker

“The Monster Challenge” Exhibit Now on Display in Olin Library

By Alison Carrick on November 20, 2018

The Monster Challenge Exhibit is now on display in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Room As part of the Frankenstein Bicentennial, the ongoing celebration of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, Washington University held a competition, The Monster Challenge, this fall. The contest called for both undergradua...