Special Collections

Hotch at 100: Life at Washington University

By William Youngblood on November 10, 2017

In this second installment of our ongoing video interview with A. E. Hotchner, recorded to commemorate his 100th birthday, Hotch talks to us about his time at Washington University, how he paid for school in the depression, how he made ends meet and what campus life was like in the 1930s and 40s....

Preview of the Joy Williams Papers Takes Place November 17 at Olin Library

By Joel Minor on November 10, 2017

Washington University students, instructors, and library staff are invited to attend a preview of the Joy Williams Papers, which were acquired this year by University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections with support from the Department of English. The informal, open house-style event wil...

Scene from "For Ahkeem"

Documentary ‘For Ahkeem’ Screens Nov. 11 at St. Louis Film Festival

By Jody Mitori on November 8, 2017

The new documentary “For Ahkeem” follows 17-year-old Daje Shelton after she has been expelled from her public high school in North St. Louis and is sent to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy by Judge Jimmie Edwards. The film is part of the free program “Mean Streets: Viewing the Divi...

WWI Collections: Colonel Leroy Robbins

By Rose Miyatsu on November 8, 2017

Exploring Missouri’s Involvement in WWI Through Leroy Robbin’s Scrapbooks   The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United State’s entry into WWI. Washington University in St Louis’s University Archives and Local History collections have an array of holdings that documen...

“Never Been A Time,” to debut at the St. Louis International Film Festival

By Alison Carrick on November 3, 2017

“Never Been A Time,” a film by Denise Ward-Brown, associate professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, will debut this Sunday, Nov. 5, 7:30 pm as part of the 26th annual St. Louis International Film Festival. This free screening ...

New North Entrance Now Open

By Rose Miyatsu on November 2, 2017

The North Side of Olin: Then and Now     This week we are pleased to announce the official opening of the new north entrance to Olin library. This additional entrance, first proposed by Ann Beha Architects in 2013, is perhaps one of the most anticipated features of the Olin reconstructi...

Free Screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising” Takes Place Friday, November 3

By Julie Hale on November 2, 2017

There will be a free screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Hall on the Danforth Campus of  Washington University. The screening is being co-presented by Washington University Libraries’ Film &am...

The 500 Year Anniversary of the Reformation

By Rose Miyatsu on October 31, 2017

Half a Millennium of Reformation   Exactly five hundred years ago, on October 31st, 1517, German scholar and priest Martin Luther sent his Ninty-Five Theses to the Archbishop of Mainz, and according to legend, nailed it to the door of All Saints’ Church. This document spelled out Luthe...

New Acquisition: Howard Nemerov Letters

By Rose Miyatsu on October 30, 2017

Washington University in St Louis has recently acquired a new set of letters written by Howard Nemerov, along with two early photos. Nemerov was a widely acclaimed author who published poetry, short stories, novels, essays, and criticism. He is best known for his poetry, which won him numerous aw...