Special Collections

A New Exhibit and Colloquium on Guillaume Apollinaire

By Rose Miyatsu on November 6, 2018

Friday, November 9, marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. To commemorate this occasion, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures will be hosting a colloquium and exhibit in John M. Olin Library. The colloquium, titled “Apollinaire, Amou...

Rare Books on Ghosts and Witches

By Rose Miyatsu on October 31, 2018

Today is Halloween, which means it is the perfect time to look at some of Washington University Libraries’ rare books on witches and ghosts! A Pre-Salem Book on Witches One of the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections’ oldest books written entirely on the subject of witches ...

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part 3: The Making of Major Collections

By Rose Miyatsu on October 29, 2018

Today we are wrapping up Archives Month with a third and final installment of our “Staff Picks” series, for which some of our staff members in Special Collections have picked a notable underused or underappreciated item to highlight from our collections. In this post, we will be looking at some i...

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part 2: Famous Signatures

By Rose Miyatsu on October 25, 2018

October is Archives Month, and to celebrate, we’ve had some of our staff members in Special Collections pick an item from the collections they oversee that they feel is underused or underappreciated. In this post, we will look at autograph books from the Manuscripts Collection and a letter signed...

A Look at LGBTQ+ Periodicals

By Rose Miyatsu on October 23, 2018

As part of our continued celebration of LGBT History Month this October, we are highlighting a few of the historic local periodicals in Washington University Libraries’ LGBTQ+ Research Collection. The LGBTQ+ Research Collection, much of which comes from the St. Louis LGBT History Project, c...

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part I: Scrapbooks

By Rose Miyatsu on October 19, 2018

October is Archives Month, and to celebrate, we’ve had some of our staff members in Special Collections pick an item from their collections that they feel is underused, underappreciated, or just plain unusual. In this post, Part One of a series of staff picks, we will look at two very different e...

WWI Collections: Remembering Charles Duncker Jr.

By Rose Miyatsu on October 17, 2018

Today, October 17, is the 100 year anniversary of the death of Washington University alum Captain Charles Henry Duncker Jr., who was killed in battle while serving as the Captain of the 340th Field Artillery division during WWI.   The Life of Charles Duncker Charles Duncker Jr. was born in 1...

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...