Ancient clay cuneiform tablets. Books in Greek and Latin owned and marked by Thomas Jefferson. These aren’t items one might expect to see when visiting a typical library. But collecting and preserving these invaluable resources for future generations of scholars is the mission of Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections and of Anne Posega, head of Special Collections for University Libraries since 1999.
The film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, which opens nationwide today, Aug. 10, depicts a fictional slice of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Washington University in St. Louis holds one of the largest archives of civil rights media in the United States, thanks to the Henry Hampton collection and Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, a six-episode documentary on the American civil rights movement.
Howard Benjamin Rudnick, a history and economics major in Arts & Sciences, has been named the winner of the 2011 William Miles Prize at Washington University in St. Louis.
WUSTL has received a four-year, $550,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to preserve Henry Hampton’s award-winning civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 as well as Hampton’s complete, unedited interviews recorded on film for the documentary.
HEC-TV’s new documentary film Dana Brown’s Life on Safari will premiere at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Steinberg Auditorium in Steinberg Hall on the Danforth Campus. The documentary chronicles adventures of Safari Coffee founder Dana Brown. After the film, there will be a question-and-answer “Meet the Producer” session and a reception.
Washington University’s Film & Media Archive will host Home Movie Day Saturday, Oct. 16, from noon-4 p.m. at the West Campus Library and Conference Center. Home Movie Day is an annual event that invites the public to share and learn to care for their home movies shot on Regular 8mm, Super 8mm or 16mm film.