Birthday. Today. Shakespeare. Happy 450th! And happy that our first edition of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language uses the Bard’s very words to help us celebrate this festive day…

Today would be a fine day to visit the special collections to view this not-yet-cataloged 18th-century Sanskrit manuscript, with some 20 beautiful illuminated paintings like this one….

Esteemed poet, lawyer, soldier, friend of Nez Perce Chief Joseph, painter, Renaissance man, Charles Erskine Scott Wood stopped by the home of Bertha Koehler on July 10th, 1910, and signed this guest book, and later  wrote some poems in the same book…

Sometimes it’s all about beauty, well, almost all: this edition from our special collections of The Tragedie of King Lear features text from the Bard, gorgeous woodcuts by Claire Van Vliet at her Janus Press, who also did the stunning individually decorated birch covers and designed this beautiful long stitch binding by Nancy Southworh, all from the Theodore Press in Bangor, Maine…

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944), founder of the Futurist movement, wrote this shaped poem, translated as “Tethered Turkish Balloon,” one of nine broadsides printed at the Arion Press currently on exhibit in “The Shape of Poetry"…

This scary dude on a Chine-collé etching came out this week for a class wishing to view works by esteemed printer/publisher Leonard Baskin, this from his remarkable Grotesques: etchings and a panegyrical note (1991), one of five books from his Gehenna Press

It is true our collection has not a single binding made of human skin (thankfully…) but we do have this travel diary from the 1920s by William Keeney Bixby, a St. Louis businessman, former president of Washington University, and an avid book collector, and it’s bound in lion skin…

Today we celebrate the birthday of an Oregon poet, and frequent contributor to George Hitchcock's fine little magazine, kayak (including this poem from 1975). Happy Birthday, Robert McDowell….

A reminder it’s National Card & Letter Writing Month, so here from our archival collections is a lovely image and text from Oregon’s current Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, to another fine poet, Carlos Reyes, whose papers we collect. A heart-stopper image and praiseworthy text…

Today was to be the final day for the current exhibition in the Collins Gallery, “Inside Wildwood: Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis with a little Decemberists thrown in…” but happily it has been extended until Wednesday, April 9th! Come into the library and take a look at this original beautiful watercolor from the second book, Under Wildwood, and more than 100 other works of art by the very talented Carson Ellis, before they return to the talented Oregon artist’s collection…