Rare Books

Bibles in Special Collections

By Rose Miyatsu on November 19, 2018

Last week, Washington University in St. Louis was privileged to have esteemed novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson on campus to give a series of lectures titled, “Holy Moses: An appreciation of Genesis and Exodus as literature and theology.” If these talks have sparked your intere...

Book Making Workshops

By Cassie on November 15, 2018

Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections is excited to announce two new workshops that are free and open to the public. Attendees will have a chance to view a selection of rare books from Special Collections in addition to gaining hands-on experience ...

Native American Languages

By Rose Miyatsu on November 15, 2018

November is National Native American Heritage Month, and the Edison Department of Special Collections has numerous books to help us celebrate! Today, we will be featuring four books from our collection that are written in or contain some description of Native American languages. Many of these lan...

Kara Walker Artist Book on Display at SLAM

By Rose Miyatsu on November 11, 2018

Washington University Libraries is always eager to share some of the more extraordinary pieces in our collection with the wider St. Louis community. It is therefore with great enthusiasm that we announce that one of our artist books, Freedom: A Fable by artist Kara Walker will be on display at th...

A New Exhibit and Colloquium on Guillaume Apollinaire

By Rose Miyatsu on November 6, 2018

Friday, November 9, marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. To commemorate this occasion, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures will be hosting a colloquium and exhibit in John M. Olin Library. The colloquium, titled “Apollinaire, Amou...

Rare Books on Ghosts and Witches

By Rose Miyatsu on October 31, 2018

Today is Halloween, which means it is the perfect time to look at some of Washington University Libraries’ rare books on witches and ghosts! A Pre-Salem Book on Witches One of the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections’ oldest books written entirely on the subject of witches ...

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part 3: The Making of Major Collections

By Rose Miyatsu on October 29, 2018

Today we are wrapping up Archives Month with a third and final installment of our “Staff Picks” series, for which some of our staff members in Special Collections have picked a notable underused or underappreciated item to highlight from our collections. In this post, we will be looking at some i...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Tejidos

By Rose Miyatsu on October 15, 2018

Today we are continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with an issue of the journal Tejidos that is dedicated to an important moment in Texas Chicano history: the Texas Farm Worker’s March to Washington for Human Rights in 1977. About Tejidos Tejidos is one of the many Chicano Movemen...

New Book Arts Exhibit and Presentation: Peter and Donna Thomas

By Rose Miyatsu on October 9, 2018

Self-proclaimed “wandering book artists” Peter and Donna Thomas made their first book in 1978, and they have been traveling throughout the country in their “gypsy wagon” to share their passion for this art ever since. This year they are celebrating their 40th anniversary in bookmaking...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with the Codex Espangliensis

By Rose Miyatsu on October 5, 2018

Today we are continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a look at a beautifully crafted artist book called Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol. Inspired by pre-Hispanic codices like the Codex Cospi, this collaboration between performance artist Guillermo Gómez-...