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Contemporary Female Book Artists

By Rose Miyatsu on March 27, 2018

Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month, today we are highlighting four prominent female book artists: Claire Van Vliet, Carol June Barton, Julie Chen, and Robbin Silverberg. What is an Artist Book? An artist book is a work of art that plays with the book in some form. Usually these a...

Artists and Authors Weigh in on Women’s Suffrage

By Rose Miyatsu on March 1, 2018

For Women’s History Month, we have decided to highlight some of Washington University Libraries’ suffrage materials from early twentieth century England. Although British suffragettes have become famous for their sometimes violent and even deadly demonstrations, a vast majority engage...

Illustrating African American History: The Schiele Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on February 22, 2018

Washington University Libraries’ James E. and Joan Singer Schiele Print Collection provides an excellent resource for anyone interested in 19th century African American history. This collection contains over 450 portraits, battle scenes, news clippings, political cartoons and other historical ima...

Cordelia Baker: Teaching Bookbinding to Society Women

By Rose Miyatsu on February 6, 2018

What is an Educated Woman to Do? At the turn of the twentieth century, it was becoming more common for young, upper-class women to go away to receive an education, but few ways for them to use it once they returned home. A 1906 article in the St Louis Post-Dispatch laments, “There are already 10 ...

WashU at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

By Cassie on December 21, 2017

On December 9th, Washington University Libraries partnered with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for a collaborative event inspired by the current exhibits Living Proof: Drawing in 19th-Century Japan and Rough Cut: Independent Japanese Animation. Members of the community participated in workshops on ...

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...