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Wednesday, April 22 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rare Books at Washington University in St. Louis

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Come see a selection of rare books from both the Bernard Becker Medical Library and John M. Olin Library! For the first time in years, these collections will share the same campus. From early anatomy to contemporary artists’ books, a wide array of specimens—mainly containing gorgeous illustrations—will be on display. Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books, and Martha Riley, Archives and Rare Books Librarian, will be available to discuss the collections and answer questions.

The Bernard Becker Medical Library, located on the campus of the Washington University School of Medicine, has maintained a collection of rare medical texts devoted to scholarship and teaching since 1912. The rare book program developed considerably over the past century, and the Library now holds nine distinct Rare Book Collections totaling approximately 23,000 books and journals. The collections are open to the medical community, historians, and to the general public. The collections’ strengths include ophthalmology, neurology, anatomy, deaf education, dentistry, obstetrics and gynecology.

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, located on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis, rare book collections include over 60,000 printed pieces and represent all the disciplines the University Libraries collect. The collections’ primary strengths are in the areas of literature; the material culture of the book, including the history of printing, graphic design, and the book arts; and aspects of American and world history.

Maximum participants: 25

Fee: $15

Accessibility: Walking, standing.

Transportation: The tour begins at 3:00 pm. Walk or ride share. For those who are walking, meet the tour volunteer at the front desk at 2:30. The volunteer will walk the group to the Bernard Becker Medical Library. After the session a volunteer will be on hand to walk to the group to the convocation ceremony, just a short 5 minute walk away.

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Jennifer Akins

Washington University in St. Louis
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Andrea Degener

Visual Materials Processing Archivist, Washington University in St. Louis

Keli Rylance

Tours & Transportation Coordinator


Wednesday April 22, 2020 2:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Bernard Becker Medical Library 660 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110