University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center

University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library’s rare books, archives, and manuscripts.
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Thank you so much for this, Maya and The Chicago Maroon! This is exactly why we are here! #NationalLibraryWeek #Librarie...
04/05/2021
Archival Enlightenment

Thank you so much for this, Maya and The Chicago Maroon! This is exactly why we are here! #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform

Students in all fields of study should take advantage of the University’s archives to access history in the flesh and gain a new outlook on life.

The University of Chicago Library
03/24/2021
The University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago Library

A bequest of 4,500 Passover Haggadot to the University of Chicago Library from Stephen Durchslag will present "a unique portrait of the spiritual biography of the Jewish people."

As you reflect on the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider recording your experience and preserving i...
03/17/2021

As you reflect on the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider recording your experience and preserving it for future generations who will one day ask "What was it like?." https://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/covid19archive

Continuing our celebration of women's contributions to #book production for #WomensHistoryMonth, today we're showcasing ...
03/10/2021

Continuing our celebration of women's contributions to #book production for #WomensHistoryMonth, today we're showcasing a #NewAcquisition: A sample book made by Karli Frigge. Frigge is a Dutch bookbinder and master paper marbler. Learn more about her work: http://karli-frigge.com

Frigge writes, "The sample cards were returned to me by bookbinders, picture framers, box makers, schoolteachers and daydreamers. To retrieve some...I had to trade some sheets of marbled paper, for some I had to pay good money and some cards were acquired with sheer black magic."

Frigge's sample book contains 348 examples of her exquisite work (http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12405729).

Want to learn more about the art of paper #marbling? Check out this video made by our rare books curator: https://fb.watch/48O3gXTSLq/

#PaperMarbling

We are celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth by highlighting historical contributions of women to #book production - something...
03/08/2021

We are celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth by highlighting historical contributions of women to #book production - something oft overlooked.

Women bookbinders Ethel Taunton and G. Wallbrand Evans crafted these fine calfskin bindings emulating illustrations by Walter Crane (1845-1915) in the Arts and Crafts style, popular in Britain beginning in the late 19th century. The movement, which some see as a reaction against the uniformity of machine-made goods, focused on simple forms that recall medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration.

#InternationalWomensDay

We are celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth by highlighting historical contributions of women to #book production - something...
03/03/2021

We are celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth by highlighting historical contributions of women to #book production - something oft overlooked. Feast your eyes on this #Nouveau-style binding made by Constance Karslake for the Guild of Women Binders (1898-1904).

Constance Karslake was the daughter of the founder of the Guild of Women Binders. Learn more about her and the Guild: https://expo.uoregon.edu/spotlight/guild-women-binders/feature/constance-karslake

We have some recently-acquired and beautiful examples from the Guild. This book is "Songs of Night and Day," by Frank W. Gunsaulus. http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/1619790

#BookBinding #BookHistory #WomensHistory #ArtNouveau #ArtsAndCrafts

Do you have a specially themed book collection that makes you proud? Tell us about it! You have one more week to apply f...
03/02/2021

Do you have a specially themed book collection that makes you proud? Tell us about it! You have one more week to apply for Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting https://bit.ly/3r9h2No. See previous winning collections here: https://bit.ly/2PjWhR7

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)
02/26/2021

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)

Feb 27 at 3 PM Virtual Lecture | The Great Migration & Chicago: Building Landscapes of Hope & Aspiration.
--- Join Dr. Christopher Reed, emeritus professor of history at Roosevelt University, as he shares perspectives on the importance and impact of the Great Migration on the development of Chicago’s Black Metropolis. Dr. Reed is a Chicago historian whose recent publications include The Rise of Chicago’s Black Metropolis, 1920–1929 (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and Black Chicago’s First Century: 1833–1900 (University of Missouri Press, 2017).

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02/24/2021
Fifteen Years of Preserving and Documenting Black History in Chicago

We're bringing our gallery to you! Our current web exhibit, "The Black Metropolis Research Consortium: Fifteen Years of Preserving and Documenting Black History and Culture in Chicago" now includes filmed curator talks with BMRC Executive Director Marcia Walker-McWilliams: https://lib.uchicago.edu/collex/exhibits/black-metropolis-research-consortium-fifteen-years-preserving-and-documenting-black-history-and-culture-chicago/.

The videos are also available via the The University of Chicago Library's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/1YHiWH-WL34

#blackhistorymonth

Exhibition curator and Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium Marcia Walker-McWilliams discusses the future of the BMRC, gives advice...

The BMRC’s grant project – the Color Curtain Processing Project (CCPP), expanded on the The Black Metropolis Research Co...
02/15/2021

The BMRC’s grant project – the Color Curtain Processing Project (CCPP), expanded on the The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Survey Initiative and its goals of increasing access to Black historical collections. The main objective of the project was to process about 100 to 150 collections and produce finding aids, or guides to those collections. Ultimately the CCPP processed about 130 collections with significant research value in African American Studies. Materials from a small sampling of those collections are featured in this exhibit. https://bit.ly/37gmExw

UChicago Arts
02/12/2021

UChicago Arts

"Valentine’s Day Candy is a tradition dating to the mid-19th century due to the work of icons like Cadbury and Hershey," writes Reese Fulgenzi, John Crerar Foundation Fellow in the History of Science.

This Valentine's Day, virtually explore the collections of The University of Chicago Library for a sweet—and historical—way to celebrate. See recipes for sweet treats through the centuries on our blog:

http://ms.spr.ly/6182pNSfr

The University of Chicago Library
02/10/2021
The University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago Library

Join the Library online as graduate student Korey Williams gives three poetry workshops on February 10, 17, and 24.

UChicago Alumni
02/10/2021

UChicago Alumni

Explore | Fifteen years of documenting Black history: view selections from the the Black Metropolis Research Consortium exhibition at the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center. University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center via #UChicagoReview

https://alumniandfriends.uchicago.edu/s/uchicago-review

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)
02/03/2021

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)

VIRTUAL EVENT: Saturday, Feb 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm CDT; "THE BLACK METROPOLIS RESEARCH CONSORTIUM: FIFTEEN YEARS OF DOCUMENTING AND SHARING BLACK CHICAGO'S HISTORY”
Hosted by The Caxton Club

The presentation by Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Executive Director - Black Metropolis Research Consortium, will include a brief overview of the consortium's history and its major initiatives and programs. A significant portion of the presentation will engage the BMRC's Summer Short-term Fellowship program and efforts to provide opportunities for scholars of African American history and culture to produce works that engage and share new narratives of Black Chicago.

Advanced Registration Required:
https://caxtonclub.org/event-4129890/Registration

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)
02/03/2021

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)

(1/4) Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with the BMRC by getting exclusive looks into some of our members’ collections and taking our community survey for a chance to win an Archival Toolkit! Our first collection feature comes from @depaulu with a piece from the Anthony Rayson Zine Collection! This collection ranges from #zines collected in the 1970’s up to the most recent in 2019. Rayson’s life work included assisting many incarcerated individuals in publishing and distributing their personal zines detailing their experiences within the prison system. The zine highlighted above was created by Latisha & the Rock Yvonne and focuses on the targeting of Black women during the Drug War, revealing the harsh reality of incarcerated BIPOC women. The link to the survey is below: http://bit.ly/BMRCCNAA

Slide 1: All slides have pastel yellow backgrounds. Above is the BMRC logo & maroon/Black text that reads “Celebrate Black History Month with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium! The BMRC has 3 initiatives this month to promote Black History in Chicago: -See images of the Anthony Rayson Zine Collection! (Content Warning: Incarceration of Black women & mentions of the Drug War) -Take our survey and enter to win an Archival Toolkit! -Participate in planning community archival workshops! Swipe to find out more.”

Slide 2: On the left, the front cover of a zine from the Anthony Rayson Zine Collection. Behind is a half-maroon, half-green background. The cover has a white background with large, black letters that read “The “Drug War” Preys on Young Afrikan Women! Latisha & the Rock Yvonne.” On the right is black text that reads, “The front cover of one of the many zines included in the collection! It focuses on the Drug War to bring awareness towards the issue of the mass incarceration of Black women.” In the upper right corner is DePaul University’s logo, the repository for this collection.

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The University of Chicago
02/03/2021
The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago

#UChicago alum Carter G. Woodson's work transformed the way people think about Black history—laying the foundation for the nation's annual commemoration of Black History Month. http://ms.spr.ly/6189pxB7b

This is the beginning of #BlackHistoryMonth and also the annual week of action for The National Black Lives Matter Week ...
02/01/2021
BLM AT SCHOOL

This is the beginning of #BlackHistoryMonth and also the annual week of action for The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools, a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. Click the link for information and resources: https://www.blacklivesmatteratschool.com/

Black Lives Matter at School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. We encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our...

The University of Chicago Library
01/28/2021

The University of Chicago Library

Noted sociologist, researcher, and writer Horace Cayton, Jr., co-authored the groundbreaking text “Black Metropolis” (1946), which inspired the name of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. Learn more in our web exhibit: http://bit.ly/BMRC15

The University of Chicago
01/18/2021
The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago

Through virtual service projects starting on Jan. 17, more than 1,000 students and 13 units across campus will assist neighboring communities through career and translation services, community workshops, and more. http://ms.spr.ly/6184pWLTq

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