Special Collections

‘Segregation By Design’

By Jody Mitori on November 21, 2016

As part of the curriculum development process for the course Segregation by Design, a team led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas and Mark Abbott of Harris-Stowe State University held a series of gatherings that focused on topics around the issue of segregation. These discussions among schol...

Remembering Mary Wickes

By Sonya Rooney on October 18, 2016

We are remembering one of our alums,  Mary Wickes, who died on October 22, 1995 / 21 years ago this weekend. Mary Wickes was an alum of Washington University, graduating in  1930.  She went on to have a successful career as a character actress on stage, in movies, and on TV.  You may remember her...

from WashU, Photographic Services

New exhibit about Presidential Debates at Washington University in Olin Library

By Sonya Rooney on September 30, 2016

“Presidential Debates, Part of Washington University’s Legacy” is an exhibit by University Archives on display in Olin Library’s Grand Staircase Lobby through October 30, 2016. Washington University will host the second Presidential Debate on October 9, 2016, in a town hall meeting style. Hosting...

Illustration by Al Parker for “Expression of Love”

Dedication of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

By Jody Mitori on August 2, 2016

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton announces the Dedication of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, a division of Special Collections. Made possible by an endowing gift from Ken and Nancy Kranzberg. Douglas B. Dowd joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in 1992. His work...

Exhibit: Researching Queer History

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 1, 2016

During Pride Month (June)  a display of library resources about LGBTQ+ history and culture is on display at Olin Library.  The display features magazines, newspapers, databases, materials from Special Collections, and more highlighting the diverse sources of information available to researchers. ...

‘Freedom’

By Jody Mitori on May 31, 2016

Washington University Libraries is excited to announce its participation in “Freedom,” an innovative arts collaboration with the award-winning Modern American Dance Company (MADCO), the professional dance company in residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. MADCO is known for its high ener...

William H. Gass Symposium: International Writing

By Jody Mitori on May 31, 2016

On Friday, September 23, Washington University Libraries, the Committee on Comparative Literature, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities will co-sponsor the William H. Gass Symposium: International Writing. The day’s events, whic...

William H. Gass Symposium Set for Sept. 23, 2016

By Jody Mitori on May 31, 2016

Washington University Libraries, the Committee on Comparative Literature, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities will co-sponsor the William H. Gass Symposium: International Writing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Umrath Loun...

Jazz Age Illustration

By Andrea Degener on January 20, 2016

A Modern Graphic History Library exhibit has been installed in the Ginkgo Room at Olin Library featuring illustrations from the Jazz Age. The reproductions on display feature illustrators John Held Jr., Henry Raleigh, Nell Brinkley, Georges Lepape, Władysław Teodor “W.T.” Benda and others. The il...