Rare Books

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Revista Chicano-Riqueña

By Rose Miyatsu on September 18, 2018

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and we are celebrating by highlighting some of the materials in our collections that are related to Hispanic culture and history. To kick of the month, we will be looking at a very influential journal Revista Chicano-Riqueña, or Chicano-...

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...

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...

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...

Video of Declaration of Independence Talk Available Online

By Jody Mitori on July 17, 2018

On July 3, 2018, at John M. Olin Library, David Konig, professor of law and professor emeritus of history at Washington University in St. Louis, spoke about the history of the Declaration of Independence and the importance of Washington University Libraries’ rare copy of the document.

Libraries’ Declaration of Independence Broadside in the News

By Jody Mitori on July 6, 2018

Washington University Libraries have been featured in the news recently for the exhibition of the Declaration of Independence at John M. Olin Library. The viewing hours for the exhibition are Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. KMOX Ra...

Celebrating Pride Month: Mouth of the Dragon

By Rose Miyatsu on June 30, 2018

In celebration of Pride Month, Special Collections has been highlighting materials in our collections that are by or related to members of the LGBT community. For our last post this month, we will be looking at the poetry journal Mouth of the Dragon. Washington University Libraries has all 18 iss...

Celebrating Pride Month: Heather Has Two Mommies

By Rose Miyatsu on June 28, 2018

In celebration of Pride Month, Special Collections will be highlighting materials in our collections that are by or related to members of the LGBT community. Today, we will be exploring one of the first children’s books to depict LGBTQ parents and the first children’s book to specific...

New Declaration of Independence Library Guide Released

By Rose Miyatsu on June 25, 2018

Washington University Libraries is proud to announce its new Declaration of Independence Library Guide, a resource to help students, researchers, and educators learn more about the Declaration of Independence and the Southwick Broadside that is currently on display at Olin Library. The guide cont...

University Libraries Receive Grant for Book Arts Mentoring Program

By Jody Mitori on June 7, 2018

Washington University Libraries have been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The grant will fund a fellowship that will establish a mentoring program for book arts students at Washington University in St. Louis. The fellowship, which takes place from June 2018 thro...