Special Collections

Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part 3

By William Youngblood on February 19, 2018

 The April 6 activities celebrating the life and legacy of William H. Gass are starting to take shape. We will have photographs, manuscripts and other materials on view, his friends, colleagues and fellow writers speaking about Gass and reading his work, and a reception. Please save the afternoon...

Hotch at 100: Entering World War 2

By William Youngblood on February 2, 2018

In this fourth installment of our ongoing video interview with A. E. Hotchner, recorded to commemorate his 100th birthday, Hotch talks to us about his early experiences of World War 2, his attempts to become a pilot or a naval officer (and eventual assignment as one of the “airplane monkeys...

Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part 2

By William Youngblood on January 19, 2018

The Modern Literature Collection is pleased to announce that Washington University in St. Louis will be hosting a tribute to the life and work of William H. Gass. The event will take place on April 6th, 2018 on Washington University’s Danforth campus. More details, including special guests ...

New Content: Claude Fredericks Collection of James Merrill

By Casey Bowen on October 16, 2017

The Modern Literature Collection is proud to present the Claude Fredericks Collection of James Merrill, our latest resource in James Merrill scholarship. James Merrill and Claude Fredericks had a very close relationship that lasted throughout their lifetimes. Over the course of this long friendsh...

Open House: T.S. Eliot Materials

By ksinger on September 4, 2017

Research materials about writer T.S. Eliot from the Libraries’ Special Collections will be on view, including correspondence, drafts, and photographs.

Modernist Design and the Children’s Magazine

By c.bosch on May 24, 2017

By the middle of the twentieth century, the notion of American periodical publications aimed at a younger readership was already well established. Early versions of children’s magazines appeared in the States as early as the late 1700s, and by the time Humpty Dumpty was launched by Parent’s Magaz...

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...