Special Collections

Drawing Race in 1930’s Collier’s

By Noah on May 22, 2017

In the 1930’s Collier’s magazine represented a popular, progressive viewpoint on American culture. The magazine published articles by Winston Churchill on the significance of the U.S. constitution in the 20th century, as well as profiles skeptical of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany under Hi...

Helen Dryden: Illustrator and Industrial Designer in the Age of Art Deco

By Cathy on May 17, 2017

In the early twentieth century, the covers of the large publications were beautifully illustrated, and many artists who contributed became household names. The art created for fashion magazines in particular stands out. What had started out as representational drawings of clothing and models morp...

Spring Semester at MGHL

By Andrea Degener on May 16, 2017

This semester, students from D. B. Dowd’s course, Special Topics in Visual Culture: The Illustrated Periodical, visited the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library to engage with a variety of materials from various collections. Throughout the semester, the materials were used in lectures and di...

‘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...

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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. ...


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...