Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Wins Citation for Exhibit

By Julie Hale on April 30, 2019

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections at the Washington University Libraries has  earned a notable citation as part of the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s 2019 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhi...

New Exhibit: “The Monster in the Library: Frankenstein Lives”

By Alison Carrick on December 4, 2018

“The Monster in the Library: Frankenstein Lives!” is a student curated exhibition now on display at Olin Library in Special Collections.   Students enrolled in the Fall 2018 class “Frankenstein: Origins and Afterlives” explored materials from the library collections and beyond as a way to in...

Self-Portrait with Others – A Celebration of Mary Jo Bang

By Analeah Rosen on November 28, 2018

Poet and Washington University Professor Mary Jo Bang has spent over thirty years writing, publishing, and teaching poetry. On November 30th, Special Collections will celebrate the inclusion of Bang’s papers in the Modern Literature Collection with “Mary Jo Bang: Self-Portrait with Others.&...

Work on display in "The Monster's Challenge" exhibit: "The Author of Frankenstein" by Will Jamison Eucker

“The Monster Challenge” Exhibit Now on Display in Olin Library

By Alison Carrick on November 20, 2018

The Monster Challenge Exhibit is now on display in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Room As part of the Frankenstein Bicentennial, the ongoing celebration of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, Washington University held a competition, The Monster Challenge, this fall. The contest called for both undergradua...

A New Exhibit and Colloquium on Guillaume Apollinaire

By Rose Miyatsu on November 6, 2018

Friday, November 9, marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. To commemorate this occasion, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures will be hosting a colloquium and exhibit in John M. Olin Library. The colloquium, titled “Apollinaire, Amou...

New Book Arts Exhibit and Presentation: Peter and Donna Thomas

By Rose Miyatsu on October 9, 2018

Self-proclaimed “wandering book artists” Peter and Donna Thomas made their first book in 1978, and they have been traveling throughout the country in their “gypsy wagon” to share their passion for this art ever since. This year they are celebrating their 40th anniversary in bookmaking...

New Declaration of Independence Library Guide Released

By Rose Miyatsu on June 25, 2018

Washington University Libraries is proud to announce its new Declaration of Independence Library Guide, a resource to help students, researchers, and educators learn more about the Declaration of Independence and the Southwick Broadside that is currently on display at Olin Library. The guide cont...

Honoring Julian Edison

By Rose Miyatsu on May 24, 2018

Julian Edison, who passed away last May, was an incredibly influential supporter of Washington University Libraries. Not only was he a generous donor who created a large endowment to fund the work of Special Collections, but he was also an avid collector of miniature books and gifted many rare an...

The Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration

By Rose Miyatsu on May 24, 2018

At the beginning of this month, faculty, staff, alumni, current students, and friends of Washington University in St. Louis witnessed the re-dedication of Olin Library after a massive two-year reconstruction project. Those who have been on campus for the entirety of the project have been particul...

Newman Tower Exhibits: Forms of the Book

By Rose Miyatsu on May 4, 2018

What makes a book a book? Does it have to have lines of text that you read from left to right or right to left? Does it have to be bound with pages and a cover? How does the form of the text influence the way you read it? These are questions that we hope […]