Rare Books

New Acquisition: Fort Gondo Zines and Broadsides

By Rose Miyatsu on November 28, 2017

New Acquisition Before there were blogs, there were zines. Self-published and with limited circulation, these small-scale magazines were generally produced to cover topics that were not popular in the mainstream.  Although the internet has largely replaced zine culture by providing an easier and ...

Inspired by Special Collections: Ken Botnick’s Diderot Project

By Rose Miyatsu on November 16, 2017

In a previous blog post, we highlighted the famous Encyclopédie, Ou Dictionnaire Raisonné Des Sciences, Des Arts Et Des Métiers, also known as Diderot’s Encyclopedia, which helped to spread and popularize the Enlightenment reasoning that would eventually lead to the French Revolution. The m...

A Revolutionary Encyclopedia

By Rose Miyatsu on November 14, 2017

Diderot’s Famous Encyclopedia The Encyclopédie, Ou Dictionnaire Raisonné Des Sciences, Des Arts Et Des Métiers, often referred to simply as Encyclopédie or Diderot’s Encyclopedia, is a twenty-eight volume reference book published between 1751 and 1772 by André Le Breton and edited by transl...

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...

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...