Department of Special Collections

Washington University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections is open to the public and welcomes researchers from both on campus and off. An active program of class visits, exhibitions, workshops, and public events highlight the Department’s vital role in scholarship at Washington University and beyond.


Any researchers wishing to visit or access Special Collections during the Spring and Summer semesters of 2018 are highly encouraged to contact Special Collections in advance to arrange their visit. Due to construction and preparing the collections to be moved extra time may be needed to fulfill researcher’s requests. Some collections may be temporarily unavailable during this time. For changes to parking on Washington University’s campus, see the information under Directions on our Research & Access page. Please contact us to arrange your visit.



Jessie Wilcox Smith

By Andrea Degener on April 23, 2018

Jessie Wilcox Smith was a prolific illustrator during the early twentieth century. Her work was published in many of the leading magazines of the t...

William H. Gass: Life & Legacy — Part 1

By William Youngblood on April 12, 2018

This past Friday Washington University in St. Louis hosted a celebration of the life and work of William H. Gass, longtime Washington University pr...

LGBTQ St. Louis on the Map

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 12, 2018

Happy 6 month anniversary to Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis! Online and freely available to everyone since October 2017, Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis  allows v...