Rare Books

Announcing the New Triple Crown and Eric Gill Finding Aid

By Rose Miyatsu on October 17, 2017

New Triple Crown and Eric Gill Finding Aid Now Publicly Available We are excited to announce that the finding aids for the Triple Crown and Eric Gill rare book collections are now available! These collections were painstakingly compiled by Charles P. Gould, a book collector from Pasadena, Califor...

October Is American Archives Month!

By Rose Miyatsu on October 5, 2017

Celebrate American Archives Month   American Archives Month was established to draw attention to the important materials that are being preserved in library archives throughout the country. Washington University in St Louis is home to a wide collection of archives that collect and preserve e...

Open House Featuring T.S. Eliot Materials Takes Place Friday, September 22

By Alison Carrick on September 20, 2017

Please join us for an Open House display of research materials about writer T.S. Eliot from the Libraries’ Special Collections.   Olin Library, Special Collections Classroom: Level One September 22, 2017 – 10:00 am-1:00 PM T.S. Eliot was born in St. Louis in 1888 and was the grandson o...

The Influence of Medieval Design on the Arts and Crafts Movement

New Exhibit: The Influence of Medieval Design on the Arts and Crafts Movement

By Alison Carrick on August 16, 2017

The Influence of Medieval Design on the Arts and Crafts Movement, August-December 2017 Washington University Libraries Special Collections presents a new exhibit, “The Influence of Medieval Design on the Arts and Crafts Movement,” curated by practicum student Natalie Whitaker and on d...

“Seeing Slavery in Children’s Literature” Lecture by Paula Connolly

By Kate Goldkamp on November 1, 2016

Please join us for the lecture “Seeing Slavery in Children’s Literature” November 2 – 4:00 PM DUC 276 Join us for a lecture by Paula Connolly, Professor of English, UNC-Charlotte, and author of Slavery in American Children’s Literature, 1790-2010. Once a significant ...

Join us for Research Studio Session “Exploring Historical Collections” 9/13

By Sonya Rooney on September 6, 2016

Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections contain exciting historical materials that are available to everyone. Join us on September 13 at Noon for this Research Studio session, where students will learn how to find and access these materials as well as get an overview of Special...

Limited-Edition Updike Works Added to Libraries’ Lord John Press Collection

By Julie Hale on June 15, 2016

The WU Libraries recently acquired a number of rare works by John Updike that were printed by the Lord John Press, a limited-edition publisher based in California. Herb Yellin (1935-2014) founded the press in 1976. Over the years, it published work by esteemed American writers such as John Cheeve...

New Exhibit: Shakespeare in Miniature

By Julie Hale on February 19, 2016

Shakespeare in Miniature, an exhibit of Bard-inspired mini books, is now on view in the display cases near Olin Library’s Ginkgo Room. Featuring miniature books from the collection of longtime library friend and donor Julian Edison, the exhibit includes a wonderfully broad range of creative respo...

New Competition to Recognize Student Research Using Special Collections

By Joy Lowery on November 5, 2015

Every year numerous Washington University undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members conduct research using rare or unique materials held in the Film & Media Archive, Manuscripts, Modern Graphic History Library, Rare Books, or University Archives. These units comprise the Departme...