The D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University is comprised of original art and printed material from many fields of popular American pictorial graphic culture. Focusing on 20th-century illustration, the collection includes artists’ working materials and sketches as well as original artwork from books, magazines, and advertising.
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The Rose O'Neill Collection holds original artwork, Kewpie illustrations, and other published books, proofs, and tear sheet materials.View Collection about Rose O’Neill Collection
The Craig Yoe Teaching Collection's materials encompass the story of the history of comics and their creators and will allow...View Collection about Craig Yoe Teaching Collection
Special Collections recently acquired the Charles Johnson Papers, an archival collection of materials related to the life and work of...View Collection about Charles Johnson Papers
Includes personal and professional development materials, photographs of artist models, original artwork, and published materials featuring his artwork.View Collection about Al Parker Collection
The Walt Reed Illustration Archive is a comprehensive collection that includes over 200,000 magazine tear sheets, 8,000 magazines, 1,200 books,...View Collection about Walt Reed Illustration Archive
The Center for the Humanities Comics Collection is mainly comprised of comic books, periodicals, pulp magazines, and graphic novels.View Collection about Center for the Humanities Comics Collection
The collection includes original artwork and published materials by the artists of The Ink Tank Archive, founded in 1978 by...View Collection about Ink Tank Archive
The Pokenia comic strip was created by Spencer Thronton Banks and ran throughout the 1940s.View Collection about Pokenia Comic Strip Collection
The John Held Jr. Collection consists mostly of correspondence from later in Held's career, covering a sizable gap in biographical...View Collection about John Held Jr. Collection
The Louis and Jodi Atkin Family Collection consists of World War I memorabilia and over 400 recruitment and propaganda posters.View Collection about Louis & Jodi Atkin Family Collection
The Henry Raleigh collection includes original artwork and published materials dating from 1910-1940.View Collection about Henry Raleigh Collection
The Seymour Chwast Collection contains over 150 posters spanning the length of Chwast's career as a designer and illustrator.View Collection about Seymour Chwast Collection
D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library
The D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University is comprised of original art and printed material from many fields of popular American pictorial graphic culture.
Digital Collections highlight those portions of the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections that have been made or born-digital.
East Asian Library Special Collections
The East Asian Library houses about 800 volumes of rare and special books, manuscripts, and other types of materials in its special collection.
Film & Media Archive
The Archive is committed to the preservation of documentary film and other media which chronicles America's great political and social movements with a particular emphasis on the African-American experience.
Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library Special Collections
The Art & Architecture Special Collections is a 3,600 volume collection of rare and unique art and design printed materials located at the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library. The main focus is illustrated books, prints, and photographs from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The local history collecting area focuses on the history of St. Louis and the surrounding region.
Washington University Libraries' Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Manuscript collections contain a broad range of materials dating from the 2nd century BC through the present.
Modern Literature Collection
The Modern Literature Collection includes more than 175 authors, presses, and journals, with more than 125 of these represented by manuscript materials.
Music Special Collections
Special Collections at the Gaylord Music Library include sheet music, manuscripts, rare books, and digital materials.
Rare Book Collections
The Rare Book Collections include books from all Special Collection areas. The collections’ primary strengths are in the areas of literature; the material culture of the book, including the history of printing, graphic design, and the book arts; and aspects of American and world history.
Washington University Archives chronicles the history of Washington University in St. Louis from 1853 to today, with over 300 unique collections including campus publications, reports, photographic prints and negatives, books, film, sound recordings, oral histories, architectural plans, and artifacts.