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New Exhibit Highlights Antiquities in University Collections

By Jody Mitori on April 10, 2018

“Investigating Antiquities in University Collections,” a new exhibit featuring some of the earliest materials in Special Collections, is now on display in the Special Collections Reading Room. The exhibit includes examples of papyrus from as early as the 2nd century BCE, including a rare love let...

Transportation Innovations at the St. Louis World’s Fair

By Rose Miyatsu on April 10, 2018

On April 30th, 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, officially opened its gates to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the historic Louisiana Purchase. Over the six months of the fair, over 19.7 million people from more than 60 countries would atten...

Rawstock: Free screening of educational films in Olin Library, April 12, 7:00 PM

By Alison Carrick on April 9, 2018

Free screening of educational films from the University Libraries Film & Media Archives curated by Kate Goldkamp. All films will be projected for you on actual 16mm film that was shown in real classrooms across the St. Louis area. Do not miss this unique event’s triumphant return to the Danfo...

Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part 4

By William Youngblood on April 5, 2018

Washington University will host a tribute to the life and work of William H. Gass. The event will take place TOMORROW, April 6, 2018 on Washington University’s Danforth campus. Manuscripts and other materials from the William H. Gass Papers will be on view in Olin Library Special Collections. Act...

WWI Collections: Dan Bartlett

By Rose Miyatsu on April 4, 2018

Lieutenant Dan Bartlett When America entered WWI a century ago, many alumni and even current students at Washington University in St Louis joined the fight. Dan Bartlett was one such student. Bartlett joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1917 when he was still a junior at Washington Unive...

The Reeses

By Andrea Degener on April 2, 2018

Walter and Emily Shaw Reese, known as The Reeses, are a husband and wife duo who produced illustrations predominately in the 1910s and 1920s. The recently digitized tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive highlight some of the advertisements and covers created by The Reeses. This post...

Highlighting Author Joy Williams

By Rose Miyatsu on March 30, 2018

To wrap up our celebration of Women’s History Month, we would like to spotlight the most recent writer to join the Washington University Libraries’ Modern Literature Collection: Joy Williams. Williams has been a frequent visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University, and the University ...

Remembering Linda Brown of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision

By Alison Carrick on March 29, 2018

Linda Brown Smith whose name became synonymous with the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education has died at age 76,  the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Linda Brown Smith was interviewed by Blackside for the series Eyes on the Prize, and while the interview was not used in the final program it ...

Contemporary Female Book Artists

By Rose Miyatsu on March 27, 2018

Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month, today we are highlighting four prominent female book artists: Claire Van Vliet, Carol June Barton, Julie Chen, and Robbin Silverberg. What is an Artist Book? An artist book is a work of art that plays with the book in some form. Usually these a...