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Staff Picks: Summer Reading Recommendations

By Julie Hale on June 13, 2017

There’s no better way to relax during the summer than getting lost in the pages of a great book. If you’re in need of reading recommendations, you’ve come to the right place! During the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing staff selections in fiction and nonfiction. Happy summ...

Staff Picks: Summer Reading Recommendations

By Julie Hale on June 6, 2017

There’s no better way to relax during the summer than getting lost in the pages of a great book. If you’re in need of reading recommendations, you’ve come to the right place! During the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing staff selections in fiction and nonfiction. Happy summ...

On Alexander Trocchi and Wonder, High and Low

By caskew on June 2, 2017

One of the fastest ways to make any group of people disagree is to ask them to draw a hard line between high and low culture. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what one person considers great art, an achievement for all humankind, another considers vacuous. Popular culture is...

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Mac Computers Relocated From the Arc Space

By Jody Mitori on June 1, 2017

As part of the Olin Library Transformation, the Arc Technology Center on Level A of Olin Library is now closed. The Arc space will be the future home of three library classrooms and will house the Instructional Support Services staff. Seven Mac computers from the Arc have been relocated within Ol...

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Where was that? : Using travel guides to reconstruct LGBTQ history

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 26, 2017

A key challenge as we researched Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis was locating street addresses.  Since many bars and restaurants were well known to locals, our researchers often found only vague references to places, such as “PK’s across the river” or “Betty’s on the south side.”  Few people now, let alo...

Modernist Design and the Children’s Magazine

By c.bosch on May 24, 2017

By the middle of the twentieth century, the notion of American periodical publications aimed at a younger readership was already well established. Early versions of children’s magazines appeared in the States as early as the late 1700s, and by the time Humpty Dumpty was launched by Parent’s Magaz...

Olin Transformation Update

By Julie Hale on May 24, 2017

Summer has arrived, and the Olin Transformation Project continues to progress. Preparations are well underway for construction of the Thomas Gallery exhibition space on Level 1 of Olin Library. Here’s what to expect over the next several weeks. The following services on Level 1 will be unav...

Drawing Race in 1930’s Collier’s

By Noah on May 22, 2017

In the 1930’s Collier’s magazine represented a popular, progressive viewpoint on American culture. The magazine published articles by Winston Churchill on the significance of the U.S. constitution in the 20th century, as well as profiles skeptical of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany under Hi...

Talk with Filmmaker Jon Else Now Available Online

By Jody Mitori on May 18, 2017

On April 19, 2017, Washington University Libraries, Cinema St. Louis, and the Missouri History Museum hosted filmmaker Jon Else as part of the Henry Hampton Film Series. Else was a cinematographer and series producer on the 1980s documentary series Eyes on the Prize. He has written about the maki...