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.


Al Parker at Washington University

By Maria Dorfman on January 16, 2017

Al Parker (1906-1985) was one of the most famous magazine illustrators of his age. He was also an alumnus of Washington University. It is hard now ...

Advertising the 19th Century Detachable Collar

By Maria Dorfman on January 3, 2017

A distinguishing characteristic of menswear in the ~1860’s-1920’s was the detachable collar. Collars were naturally more susceptible to...