Rare Books

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-...

October Is American Archives Month!

By Rose Miyatsu on October 5, 2018

Celebrate American Archives Month October is American Archives Month, established to draw attention to the important materials that are being preserved in library archives throughout the country. The new renovation to Olin Library has made Washington University Libraries’ archives even more...

Frankenstein in the Library

By Rose Miyatsu on September 27, 2018

As many of you already know, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This weekend, the medical school is hosting a special three-day forum, The Curren(t)cy of Frankenstein, exploring what the novel can contribute to current discussions of med...

Banned Books, Hispanic Heritage, and the Codex Cospi

By Rose Miyatsu on September 25, 2018

In celebration of both Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15) and Banned Books Week (Sept 23-29), today we are highlighting a very special document that actually dates back to pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica: the Codex Cospi. This early religious document managed to survive Spanish efforts to not just...