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Cassie Brand

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Staff photo of Rare Books Curator Cassie Brand.


Cassie Brand
Job Title
Curator of Rare Books
Phone Number
(314) 935-4950

Collecting Area

Rare books 


Cassie has been Curator of Rare Books at the Washington University Libraries since 2017. She enjoys sharing rare books with others through outreach programs, teaching classes, and curating exhibits. Her research focuses on the intersection of the book as a physical and cultural object and on the histories of book collecting and libraries. Cassie received her library degree from Indiana University in 2011 and is currently working on a PhD. Cassie’s dissertation, which is in progress, is tentatively titled “How Books Became Rare: The History of Special Collections in America 1880–1940.” 

Selected Projects, Activities, Accomplishments

  • WashU Libraries Book Club 
  • Bookmaking workshops 

Services Include

  • Identify and provide library tools, resources, and services that meet your research needs. 
  • Develop effective instruction and learning materials for courses and disciplines. 
  • Cultivate, maintain, and manage collections of greatest value to the Washington University community.