Special Collections

#ColorOurCollections Week at the University Libraries

By Washington University Libraries on February 4, 2020

#ColorOurCollections is a week-long coloring fest on social media organized by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world. Using materials from their collections, these institutions are sharing free coloring content with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.   Feel free to ...

New Exhibits on Display in John M. Olin Library

By Washington University Libraries on January 22, 2020

Several new exhibitions are now on display in John M. Olin Library. Below is an overview. The exhibits are free and open to all. We hope to see you in the galleries! Elevation: The Architecture of Phil Durham: Elevation celebrates WashU alumnus and architect Phil Durham, who died in 2018. It feat...

Remembering the Deep Impact of W.S. Merwin

By Analeah Rosen on March 26, 2019

On March 15, 2019 we lost a giant of the poetry world. W.S. Merwin’s work spanned the later half of the 20th century up until today – his first collection, A Mask for Janus, was published in 1952, with his last collection, Garden Time, published in 2016. In each collection he sought to remake his...

Joy Williams’ Second Novel, Forty Years Later

By Analeah Rosen on October 10, 2018

Joy Williams’ second novel, The Changeling, has been reissued to much acclaim by Tin House Books with a new introduction by Karen Russell. Upon its initial publication forty years ago, however, few but her devoted fans would have foreseen this 180-degree turn in critical reception. That’s because...

Hotch at 100: “The World of Nick Adams”

By William Youngblood on August 16, 2018

In this installment of Hotch at 100, our ongoing video interview with writer, philanthropist, and Washington University in St. Louis alumnus, A. E. Hotchner, Hotch continues the story of “The World of Nick Adams”, a project that began with his very first work for television, an adapta...

Hotch at 100: Last Clear Chance

By William Youngblood on July 18, 2018

After making a name for himself in live television with his adaptations of “The Battler” and other Hemingway stories, writer, philanthropist and Washington University alumnus A. E. Hotchner enjoyed a long and prolific career bringing original projects to the stage and screen. In this ...

Hotch at 100: Adapting “The Battler”

By William Youngblood on June 19, 2018

A. E. Hotchner’s friendship with Ernest Hemingway brought Hotch into the literary scene but it also opened a door to an unexpected career in the Golden Age of Television. In this episode of Hotch at 100, our ongoing video interview with author, philanthropist, and Washington University alum...

William H. Gass: Life & Legacy — Tributes from St. Louis Magazine

By William Youngblood on April 27, 2018

Earlier this month Washington University paid tribute to the life and legacy of author and professor William H. Gass. Two of the remembrances from the April 6th celebrations, delivered by Gass’ friend the photographer Michael Eastman and Gass’ philosophy department colleague Mark Roll...

Gardner and Gass: A Friendship in Letters

By William Youngblood and Joel Minor on March 21, 2018

On the evening of October 24, 1978, William H. Gass and John Gardner stepped onto a stage at the University of Cincinnati. For two hours they held forth in debate on a topic close to the heart of both men: the nature and purposes of fiction. Those in attendance, and those reading and listening la...