Rare Books

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...

Honoring Julian Edison

By Rose Miyatsu on May 24, 2018

Julian Edison, who passed away last May, was an incredibly influential supporter of Washington University Libraries. Not only was he a generous donor who created a large endowment to fund the work of Special Collections, but he was also an avid collector of miniature books and gifted many rare an...

The Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration

By Rose Miyatsu on May 24, 2018

At the beginning of this month, faculty, staff, alumni, current students, and friends of Washington University in St. Louis witnessed the re-dedication of Olin Library after a massive two-year reconstruction project. Those who have been on campus for the entirety of the project have been particul...

Discovering a Seventeenth Century “Yearbook”

By Rose Miyatsu on May 14, 2018

As commencement approaches, many of our graduating seniors will soon be circulating their yearbooks, filling them with the signatures of their departing friends and colleagues. This practice of signing books is a college tradition that dates back as far as the 1540s, when students in Wittenberg, ...

Newman Tower Exhibit: Biedermeier Greeting Cards

By Rose Miyatsu on May 10, 2018

The new Newman Tower of Exploration and Collections has provided the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections with a unique chance to share some of our most treasured collections with the public. In this post, we would like to highlight a beautiful collection of Biedermeier greeting cards ...