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Please join us Thursday Dec. 3 at 4:00pm in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Reading Room for an exhibition talk relating to the exhibit “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891.” Fifty years ago, a photo buff in Houston literally snatched the negatives of the Round Trip images from a bonfire, saving a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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The exhibition “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891” features circular, black-and-white photographs taken by WU alums William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr. on their bicycle trip through Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), and the Russian Empire in 1891. On display in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Reading Room, the exhibit runs from November... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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“The Marvelous is Free” is an exhibition of archival and historical ephemera that places St. Louis' Black Artists' Group, a collective of African American experimentalists working in theater, visual arts, dance, poetry, and jazz, within a network of like-minded artists and activists producing similar experiments in politics, form, and community... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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Come and see the Pikers exhibit in the small flat case in the lobby of Olin Library. The exhibit commemorates the 30th anniversary of Wash U’s a cappella group, the Pikers. On display is a variety of memorabilia from the group including scrapbooks, photographs, concert programs, CDs, and more. Exhibit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Bears Repeating
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A new exhibition -- Modern Literature Collection: The First 50 Years -- now fills the display cases of Olin Library in the Ginkgo Room and adjacent Grand Staircase Lobby through February 2015. It tells the history of the MLC's development and highlights some of its remarkable holdings, which now includes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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Date: Friday October 10, 2014 Time: 3:00-5:00 PM Location: Olin Library Lobby Come see and interact with general library resources and unique primary source material including Tennessee Williams’ WU exam book, artist books, medieval illuminated manuscript book, poems and letters from T.S. Eliot, original art by WU alums and major... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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By Sonya Rooney, University Archivist; and Bart Elmore, WU Department of Special Collections Travel Grant Recipient Bart Elmore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at University of Alabama whose research interests include business history, southern history, and global/American environmental history. Bart is a recipient of one of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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Posted by Sonya Rooney, University Archivist Don’t miss a unique Washington University Archives cameo as part of C-SPAN’s 2014 Cities Tourshow featuring St. Louis scheduled to air in late June. A few weeks ago, the C-SPAN crew interviewed University Archivist Sonya Rooney about WU Libraries’ William Greenleaf Eliot Personal Papers.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Bears Repeating
The Department of Special Collections | The Visual Media Research Lab Washington University Libraries St. Louis, Missouri Application Deadline: March 15, 2014. Travel must occur between May 15, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Travel reimbursement grants of up to $1000 are available to faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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By Sonya Rooney, University Archivist Join University Archives staff on Friday February 7th between 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Science Center for their First Friday event - St. Louis 2264: Celebrating the Next 250 years. Experience a 1950s’ view of the future through materials from the Monsanto... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Bears Repeating
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Monday Nov. 18, 2013 4 p.m. Ginkgo Reading Room (Olin Library Level 1) Steve Taravella, author of the new Mary Wickes biography Mary Wickes: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before, will give a presentation in the same library space where the extensive Mary Wickes exhibition is on display. Taravella,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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Mary Wickes, WU student 1926-1930 The exhibit provides a look at the Washington University alum and character actress Mary Wickes (1910-1995). On display are selected materials from the Mary Wickes Papers, preserved in University Archives, including items from the actress's childhood, her time as a Washington University undergraduate, her career,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Special Collections Exhibitions
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By Sonya Rooney, University Archivist Mary Wickenhauser, WU student 1926-1930 Mary Wickes was born Mary Isabella Wickenhauser in St. Louis, Missouri on June 13, 1910. She grew up in St. Louis and attended Washington University in St. Louis where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1930. During her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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By Torry O’Connor, Southeast Missouri State University intern There have been several new additions to Washington University Archives’ HistoryPin channel! Be sure to check it out, it shows the current buildings and places on campus as they once were including Bixby, Steingberg, Givens and Blewett halls, West Campus and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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By Torry O’Connor, Southeast Missouri State University intern In University Archives, one recently updated collection is the John W. Bennett Papers. Dr. Bennett (1916-2005) earned his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago and taught sociology and anthropology at Ohio State University before coming to teach the same courses... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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By Sonya Rooney, University Archivist, and Mo Speller, WU Department of Special Collections Travel Grant Recipient Mo Speller is a PhD candidate in History at Johns Hopkins University whose research is focused on 19th and 20th century U.S. History. Mo is a recipient of one of the Department of Special... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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Do you know the actress who played the original Mary Poppins, the house keeper in White Christmas, and the old choir director in Sister Act? Well, she is Mary Wickes (1910-1995) who is an alumna of Washington University (BA 1930). The new biography of her entitled Mary Wickes: I Know... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History In 1861, St. Louis’s public school system was threatened by the outbreak of the Civil War. As a member of the school district’s board of directors, William Greenleaf Eliot wrote to its president, Edward Wyman, and asked that he keep the schools open... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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By Sonya Rooney, University Archivist The first commencement for Washington University occurred in 1862, with five graduates. In the 2012 Commencement 2,760 candidates received 2,878 degrees (1,450 undergraduate and 1,428 graduate and professional). A variety of people have spoken at Commencement over the years including James Bryce (1907), John Duncan... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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Posted by Sonya Rooney, University Archivist Feel free to contact us directly at (314) 935-9730 or srooney@wustl.edu for more information.  Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History In the days and months leading up to the Civil War, Missouri was torn by the decision of whether or not to secede from the Union. As a slave-holding border state with a population divided over slavery, it had no easily discernible political... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History As a prominent Unitarian minister in nineteenth-century St. Louis, one of William Greenleaf Eliot’s religious responsibilities was to prepare and deliver funerary sermons for deceased members of his congregation. In 1860, during a brief reprieve before the advent of the Civil War, Eliot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Bears Repeating
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By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History As you walk around campus you have probably noticed a large amount of construction occurring between McMillan Hall and the Knight Center. Thomas H. Eliot Hall was demolished in summer 2012 in order to make room for Knight Hall and Bauer Hall which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Bears Repeating
Travel Grant Competition The Department of Special Collections Washington University Libraries St. Louis, Missouri Application Deadline: March 15, 2013. Travel must occur between May 15, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Travel reimbursement grants of up to $1000 are available to faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars who would like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Bears Repeating