Special Collections

Der Struwwelpeter: A Famous Children’s Book

By Rose Miyatsu on August 21, 2018

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections has an extensive collection of children’s books, some of which are over a century old. Children’s books, and the morals they teach, can provide us with an interesting look at the fundamental values of a period and a culture. One of t...

Hotch at 100: “The World of Nick Adams”

By William Youngblood on August 16, 2018

In this installment of Hotch at 100, our ongoing video interview with writer, philanthropist, and Washington University in St. Louis alumnus, A. E. Hotchner, Hotch continues the story of “The World of Nick Adams”, a project that began with his very first work for television, an adapta...

The/rapist: An Artist Book by Maureen Cummins

By Rose Miyatsu on August 16, 2018

In 1949, a neurologist from Portugal named Egas Moniz won the Nobel Prize for developing the surgical procedure known as the leucotomy. This procedure was designed to treat mental illnesses like schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression, but often led to severe complications including personality de...

Hotch at 100: “Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man”

By William Youngblood on August 9, 2018

In this installment of “Hotch at 100,” our ongoing series of video interviews with writer, philanthropist, and Washington University in St. Louis alumnus A. E. Hotchner, Hotch tells us about the making of the film “Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man”, and how it e...

WWI Archives: Washington University’s War Contribution

By Rose Miyatsu on August 6, 2018

In early May of 1917, over 100 students from Washington University were already preparing to leave their campus behind to serve the war effort in France. A program printed around this time, preserved in the Washington University Archives’ W. Roy Mackenzie Papers, lists the University’...

ACLU-MO Archive Internship Fall 2018

By Miranda Rectenwald on August 1, 2018

Do you want to do one-of-a-kind primary research for the greater good? Are you intrigued by historical work that can explain today’s current trends?  We are looking for student interns to work with the ACLU of Missouri’s archival collections at Washington University Libraries.  Intern...

Cobden-Sanderson and the Doves Press

By Rose Miyatsu on July 23, 2018

In the early 1880s, Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson left a career in law to become a bookbinder. Cobden-Sanderson was a friend of William Morris, a prominent member of the British Arts and Crafts movement, and subscribed to his ideology about the importance of traditional craftsmanship. They believ...

Hotch 101: A Conversation with A. E. Hotchner

By William Youngblood on July 23, 2018

On June 28th, 2018, writer, philanthropist, and Washington University alumnus A. E. Hotchner celebrated his 101st birthday and the release of his latest novel, The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom. To mark the occasion, the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections hosted a phone conversat...

Still from "Won by a Sweet"

Libraries Awarded NFPF Grant to Preserve Rare Promotional Film

By Jody Mitori on July 19, 2018

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) to preserve Won by a Sweet, a rare silent 16mm promotional film from 1929. The film was produced by R.P. Young Productions for the National Confectioners’ Assoc...

Hotch at 100: Last Clear Chance

By William Youngblood on July 18, 2018

After making a name for himself in live television with his adaptations of “The Battler” and other Hemingway stories, writer, philanthropist and Washington University alumnus A. E. Hotchner enjoyed a long and prolific career bringing original projects to the stage and screen. In this ...