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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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Just a reminder that the library will be expanding services starting this Monday, with additional services coming in a s...
06/11/2021
Expanded Library services for Summer and Autumn

Just a reminder that the library will be expanding services starting this Monday, with additional services coming in a second phase later this summer.

Expanded Library services for the summer will be rolled out in two phases.

John N. Maclean, son of writer Norman Maclean, has written a new book about his family and their connection to Montana's...
06/09/2021
The backstory for ‘A River Runs Through It’ has arrived, 45 years later

John N. Maclean, son of writer Norman Maclean, has written a new book about his family and their connection to Montana's Blackfoot River. For even more backstory on "A River Runs Through It," you can consult Norman Maclean's personal papers here at the UChicago Library:
https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/findingaids/view.php?eadid=ICU.SPCL.MACLEANN

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/home-waters-john-maclean/2021/06/01/62038dbe-c271-11eb-9a8d-f95d7724967c_story.html

John Maclean’s “Home Waters” is about life in Montana, and his father’s famous book.

Today we remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. Originally celebrated in the years following the Ame...
05/31/2021

Today we remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. Originally celebrated in the years following the American Civil War, Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971.

The first image is of a woman grieving at a grave from the Lincoln Collection, Currier and Ives Lithographs 1844-1890. The second image is sheet music for "Decoration Day" from the Lincoln Collection Sheet Music 1836-1878

Just a reminder to tune in tonight at 8pm!
05/21/2021

Just a reminder to tune in tonight at 8pm!

We are the proud curators of the Ida B. Wells collection https://bit.ly/3ylxNcf, and will definitely be tuning in to WTTW - Chicago PBS on Friday.

There are few Chicago historical figures whose life and work speak to the current moment more than Ida B. Wells, the 19th century crusading investigative journalist, civil rights leader, and passionate suffragist. In the wake of her recent posthumous Pulitzer Prize citation, Chicago street naming, and the release of a revealing new biography by her great-granddaughter, WTTW brings you a new Chicago Stories special that tells her story as never before.

We are the proud curators of the Ida B. Wells collection https://bit.ly/3ylxNcf, and will definitely be tuning in to WTT...
05/17/2021

We are the proud curators of the Ida B. Wells collection https://bit.ly/3ylxNcf, and will definitely be tuning in to WTTW - Chicago PBS on Friday.

There are few Chicago historical figures whose life and work speak to the current moment more than Ida B. Wells, the 19th century crusading investigative journalist, civil rights leader, and passionate suffragist. In the wake of her recent posthumous Pulitzer Prize citation, Chicago street naming, and the release of a revealing new biography by her great-granddaughter, WTTW brings you a new Chicago Stories special that tells her story as never before.

We are the proud curators of the Ida B. Wells collection https://bit.ly/3ylxNcf, and will definitely be tuning in to WTTW - Chicago PBS on Friday.

There are few Chicago historical figures whose life and work speak to the current moment more than Ida B. Wells, the 19th century crusading investigative journalist, civil rights leader, and passionate suffragist. In the wake of her recent posthumous Pulitzer Prize citation, Chicago street naming, and the release of a revealing new biography by her great-granddaughter, WTTW brings you a new Chicago Stories special that tells her story as never before.

UChicago's annual Scav Hunt just wrapped up, and we were wowed by the historical accuracy of the Seamus Snitchcock team'...
05/12/2021

UChicago's annual Scav Hunt just wrapped up, and we were wowed by the historical accuracy of the Seamus Snitchcock team's 50th birthday cake for Regenstein Library, complete with original color-coded floors. Baker Gigi Hancock managed to make our Brutalist building look delicious!

05/06/2021

We're delighted that University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt remembered our birthday! We'd love to see photos of your cards and cakes to celebrate Regenstein's 50th!

Tag your photos with @UChicagoLibrary on Instagram or Twitter or tag us on Facebook at The University of Chicago Library.

It's #PreservationWeek! Our Collections Management Coordinator, Michael Fealey, shares one of the many ways that Special...
04/28/2021

It's #PreservationWeek! Our Collections Management Coordinator, Michael Fealey, shares one of the many ways that Special Collections staff make sure our collections survive for generations to come...

"Most of us working with archival material are familiar with preventative preservation methods relating to proper use of our material. Book cradles and weights, page turners, book shelving/retrieval practices, book alignment on carts and shelves, are all commonplace among the orientation materials for most archives. However, there is one facet that, until recently, had slipped passed us – maintenance of the shelves themselves. What might normally consist of regular dusting and vacuuming becomes complicated when we consider compact, movable shelving. Our collective eyes were drawn to the corners of our compact shelving aisles where we noticed small piles of debris. Upon closer inspection we confirmed that this debris was the result of over two decades of rubber bumper degradation. Over time, the vibration dampening rubber knobs that kept our metal shelves from slamming into one another dried out and decayed. No longer able to do their job we considered the consequences. Shelves crashing together, books and bookends rattling off the shelves and clattering to the floor, perhaps even the shelving units themselves deforming. With such fragile material stored on the shelves, we knew this was something that needed to be addressed quickly. Shortly after this realization, new, medium-hard, washer-embedded, rubber bumpers and stainless-steel screws were ordered. We have since replaced our bumpers and continue to keep our eyes open to less obvious preventative preservation measures."

04/22/2021

As of April 19, Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in Chicago—all city residents age 16 and over are now eligible for vaccination. Starting in early May, the University’s dedicated vaccine clinic will offer vaccinations for all students. https://goforward.uchicago.edu/apr-22-2021-email-update/

We encourage all students to pursue the first available option for vaccination, whether through our vaccine clinic or another provider. Students and others who are leaving Chicago once Spring Quarter ends (on June 12) must get their first vaccine dose by May 21 at the latest, to allow time for a second appointment before they leave Chicago.

For those who are staying in Chicago past Spring Quarter, the University plans to continue offering vaccinations well into summer. For more information and further updates: https://goforward.uchicago.edu/apr-22-2021-email-update/

Timeline Photos
04/21/2021

Timeline Photos

Please join us for the BMRC's Community Discussion about our Community Needs and Assets Assessment. We ran this survey through February and the first half of March and would like to share the results with the Black Chicagoland community members who are interested in learning more. The CNAA and this discussion will help us determine topics for archival workshops to be hosted by the BMRC throughout the rest of 2021. Join us for a presentation of the survey results by Community Engagement Archivist, Tanya Calvin, and a discussion about Black Chicagoland’s archival and legacy management needs. If you’re interested in preserving the history of your Black communities in and around Chicago, this discussion is for you!

Thursday April 22nd, 2021 from 2:30pm-3:45pm CST. Register here:
https://forms.gle/uj3nUW4FAMoUmRjT9

Friday April 30th, 2021 from 4:00pm-5:15pm CST. Register here:
https://forms.gle/J5TSXKMrfc9Vzftc7

Note: These discussions are intended to get feedback and input from Black residents of Chicago and those who work on behalf of or for Black organizations. Please consider this when choosing to register.

Please feel free to contact Tanya Calvin with any accessibility accommodation requests or concerns at [email protected].

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.

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

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

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

Timeline Photos
02/26/2021

Timeline Photos

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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