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Archivist Online Day 1

By Miranda Rectenwald on March 18, 2020

In times of trouble or change historians by nature turn to stories from the past.   As a historian and archivist, that is certainly true for me. Archivist online My work as a curator (custodian, caretaker, shepherd) of local history collections at Washington University is usually a mix of  physic...

Film & Media Archive Completes Preservation of Rare Documentary Film

By Washington University Libraries on February 24, 2020

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has successfully completed the preservation and digitization of the film Listen to a Stranger: An Interview with Gordon Parks (1973). The project was completed with the support of a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation ...

A. E. Hotchner, 1917-2020

By joelminor on February 21, 2020

It is hard to know where to begin and how to end a blog post summarizing the long and storied life of novelist, playwright, memorialist, biographer and philanthropist A. E. Hotchner, who passed away at age 102 last Saturday at his home at Westport, Connecticut. For a man who accomplished so much,...

Text: All my life, all my love, my dearest one. J.

Love is Love in the Library

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 14, 2020

The exhibit It’s Complicated: Documents of Love features items related to love drawn from the Department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.

From love letters and poetry, to romantic comics, dance cards, and heartbreak, many stories and relationships are highlighted -- i...

Exhibit Features 100 Years of ACLU of Missouri History

By Alison Carrick on January 9, 2020

On Sunday, January 12 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm, the ACLU of Missouri and Washington University Libraries will join forces to present an exhibition and community party to showcase a century of ACLU work. For the past three years, Washington University Library archivists and student interns poured throu...

Libraries’ Essay Competition Offers Cash Prizes to Students

By WU Libraries on December 16, 2019

The Washington University Libraries are giving away cash prizes to the students who write the best short essays about their personal book collections. That’s right, students — ponder the contents of your bookshelves, write a brief essay, and you could win cash. The Neureuther Student Book Collect...

Cartography and Maps

By Tobias Feldmann on December 13, 2019

Maps help us to orient ourselves in the world or in a specific region and find the place we’re looking for, just like our WashU campus maps help many students and visitors to find their way. In general, maps are an important tool in our everyday lives and have been so for hundreds of years. [&hel...

Washington University Libraries Spring Book Club Series

By jkillion on December 5, 2019

Join us as we explore both fiction and non-fiction titles, with selections focusing on history, medicine, travel, adventure, rare books, and literature. Book Clubs will begin with a showcase of collection materials related to the reading, followed by a discussion of the book. Free and open to all...

What is the Word: Celebrating Samuel Beckett – Day 2

By joelminor on November 15, 2019

On November 7 and 8, 2019, Washington University celebrated the prose, poetry, drama, translations, correspondence and archives of Samuel Beckett, with a colloquium that included presentations, readings and performances by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The colloquium was held in Olin L...

What is the Word: Celebrating Samuel Beckett – Day 1

By joelminor on November 15, 2019

On November 7 and 8, 2019, Washington University celebrated the prose, poetry, drama, translations, correspondence and archives of Samuel Beckett, with a colloquium that included presentations, readings and performances by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The colloquium was held in Olin L...