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Red Press: Radical Print Culture from St. Petersburg to Chicago

Exhibition Dates: September 25 – December 15, 2017
Location: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Socialist Revolution poster

“Long Live the Worldwide Socialist Revolution,” undated. Dr. Harry Bakwin and Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Soviet Posters Collection, The University of Chicago Library.

Samuel N. Harper, the first American scholar to have devoted a career to the study of Russia, was a first-hand witness to Russia’s revolutions of 1905 and 1917. An avid collector, over four decades, Harper built a unique archive that provides a street-level view of many of the historic events of the period. Broadsides, handbills and pamphlets attest to a long war of ideas—and to a decisive battle for explanatory power in the months leading up to the Revolution.

Presented on the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the exhibition also draws from other archives in Special Collections, including materials documenting the development of revolutionary print culture in the USSR, the spread of revolutionary ideas and methods from Russia to the Far East and to the streets of Chicago, and anti-revolutionary texts such as the fraudulent, anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Together they allow us to trace visual genealogies from the political satire of the post-1905 period to the mortal derision of Stalinist propaganda in the 1930s and the HUAC hearings of the 1950s.

Curators (from University of Chicago unless otherwise indicated): Robert Bird, Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies; Christy Brandly, Ph.D. student in Political Science; Monica Felix, graduate student in Comparative Literature; Erin Hagood, student in the College; Austin Jung, Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature; Zachary King, Ph.D. student in Russian Literature; Zdenko Mandusic, Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University; William Nickell, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Claire Roosien, Ph.D. student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Department of History; and Kaitlyn Tucker, PhD student in Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., and, when University of Chicago classes are in session, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Related Events

Socialist poster

“Here and There and Everywhere We’re Building Socialism!,” 1930. Dr. Harry Bakwin and Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Soviet Posters Collection, The University of Chicago Library.

Exhibition: Revolution Every Day
September 14, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637

Presented on the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this exhibition immerses visitors in the distinct textures and speeds of everyday life that arose—and have lingered stubbornly—in the wake of revolutionary upheaval. Revolution Every Day juxtaposes works of Soviet graphic art—primarily posters from the 1920s and 1930s, many by female artists such as Valentina Kulagina—with works on video and film, including excerpts from Dziga Vertov’s documentary films from the 1930s, post-Soviet videos by artists like Olga Chernysheva, as well as a new commission by Cauleen Smith.

Humanities Day—Guided Tour of Red Press: Radical Print Culture from St. Petersburg to Chicago
October 21, 12–1 p.m.
Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Trace the worldwide spread of revolutionary and anti-revolutionary media and ideas through rare printed sources. Professor and co-curator William Nickel leads a tour of the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 as it was waged through broadsides, pamphlets, periodicals, and posters.

Registration: This tour is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email humanities@uchicago.edu.

Revolutionology Workshop: The Bolshevik Contagion
November 3–4
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

Presenters at this two-day workshop, the first in a series sponsored by the Neubauer Collegium research project Revolutionology: Media and Networks of Intellectual Revolution, will focus on key texts and images emerging directly from the revolutionary struggle in Russia and the early Soviet Union.

Use of Images and Media Contact

Images from the exhibition included on this page are available for download by members of the media and are reserved for editorial use in connection with University of Chicago Library exhibitions, programs, or related news.

For more information, contact Rachel Rosenberg at ra-rosenberg@uchicago.edu or 773-834-1519.

Chicago Tribune: Hundreds of never-before-shown Vivian Maier prints find a home at UChicago Library

Hundreds of new Vivian Maier prints donated to U. of C.
Chicago Tribune – July 19, 2017

Global Leadership Program for Korean Librarians, June 23

Poster for NLK Library Global Leadership ProgramThe Library welcomes visiting participants in the Global Leadership Program for Korean Librarians, a librarian education and training program organized by the National Library Korea, which is holding a one-day workshop of lectures and tours at the University of Chicago Library.  Twenty-one librarians from academic, public and government libraries in Korea will attend the sessions and have the opportunity to learn about the University of Chicago Library system and its services.

When:  Friday, June 23, 2017
Where: Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122

Lectures and Tours

Welcoming remarks
Yuan Zhou, Curator for East Asian Collection

  1. 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
    The Subject Specialist in an Academic Library
    Jee-Young Park, Korean Studies Librarian
  2. 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
    Instruction and Outreach at the University of Chicago Library
    Rebecca Starkey, Librarian for College Instruction and Outreach
  3. 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
    Joe and Rika Mansueto Library Tour
  4. 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
    Special Collections Tour
    Daniel Meyer, Director, Special Collections and Research Center

This program is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS).

ALA conference attendees invited to visit UChicago Library

ALA Annual2017 conference logoAttendees of the American Library Association 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago are welcome to visit the University of Chicago’s campus libraries during the conference, June 22-27.  Informational handouts will be available at the Regenstein Library Ask a Librarian desk and the Mansueto Library Circulation desk.

Please bring your conference badge to gain admittance.  For a listing of library hours, visit hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

 

Art in the Stacks: Selections from Special Collections

Exhibition Dates: June 19–September 15, 2017
Location: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Installation view: In the foreground: Edouard Benedictus’s “Nouvelles variations, soixante-quinze motifs décoratifs en vingt planches,” [1928?]. In the background: Henri Matisse’s “Jazz,” 1947. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

The Special Collections Research Center is known for being the University of Chicago Library’s center for rare books, manuscripts, and university archives. Nestled within these materials, there is a lesser known aspect of our collections—art. Art in the Stacks highlights these holdings with a selection of original paintings, drawings, and sculptures, in addition to artists’ books and other works on paper produced in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Stephen Longstreet’s collages

Installation view of Stephen Longstreet’s collages. Stephen Longstreet Collection. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

Among the featured items are Picasso etchings, selections from Matisse’s Jazz book, pen and ink drawings by  Harold Haydon (PhB’30, AM’31), Professor Emeritus in Art, University of Chicago, and a bronze sculpture by Ruth Vollmer.

Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., and, when University of Chicago classes are in session, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Use of Images and Media Contact

Images from the exhibition included on this page are available for download by members of the media and are reserved for editorial use in connection with University of Chicago Library exhibitions, programs, or related news.

For more information, contact Rachel Rosenberg at ra-rosenberg@uchicago.edu or 773-834-1519.

Uncovering history through rare book cataloging

Jennifer Dunlap with Ptolemy’s "Geographia"

Special Collections Project Cataloger Jennifer Dunlap with Ptolemy’s “Geographia.” (Ulm: Justus Albano, 1486.) Call number: alc Incun 1486.P93. (Photo by Joel Wintermantle)

Not all copies of a book are created equal. A copy of the Odyssey printed in the hand press era (1450 to roughly the 1840s), for example, would have different qualities than one printed in the machine press era (the 1840s to the present). What is more, each copy of a book takes on its own distinct history as it is acquired, studied, and passed from one person or institution to another.  The extra-textual elements found in rare books—from handwritten annotations to bookplates, bindings, and stamps—can reveal a history that is vital to a scholar’s research.

Thanks to the support of Julie and Roger Baskes, the Special Collections Research Center is undertaking a major project to enhance its rare book cataloging, making the special characteristics of individual rare books readily discoverable by researchers around the world. Over the past year, Special Collections Project Cataloger Jennifer Dunlap and dedicated graduate rare books assistants have reviewed, corrected, and enhanced bibliographic records for more than 4,000 titles, making edits to the online University of Chicago Library Catalog and WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections.

Along the way, they have discovered many previously buried treasures. For example, the catalog record for the Library’s 1486 edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia now makes note of the presence of the 32 hand-colored woodcut maps—including the pictured one with costly and striking blue paint filling the oceans. A box of sheet music previously listed under a single title was found to contain 75 pieces of music about President James Garfield.  Several were unique pieces not included in WorldCat until Dunlap created a new record there. “This project is not just impacting our local University of Chicago Catalog, but is also allowing other institutions to discover resources globally via WorldCat and link their own holdings to it,” she explained.

Re-cataloging a title can take from as little as five minutes to an entire day. Dunlap describes the style of binding and marks of ownership in the record, as well as adding applicable terms that can aid in searching.  If users made edits to the printed text, correcting a misspelling, adding a missing word or phrase, or censoring a word or line, Dunlap notes the presence of these edits in the online catalog record, transcribing them in full if they are short.  For example, the Library’s copy of Chronicles of England (circa 1486) includes crossed-out references to the pope and the sainthood and martyrdom of Thomas of Canterbury, suggesting that the owner may have been expressing anti-Catholic sentiments after the establishment of the independent Church of England.

In the eyes of scholars and experienced catalogers such as Dunlap, the many marks left by former owners bring a book’s readership to life.  Dunlap’s cataloging work continues so that more stories of writers and their readers can be discovered and written over time.

Boethius’ "Consolation of Philosophy"

The description of this book, Boethius’ “Consolation of Philosophy,” in the catalog record indicates the presence of numerous hand-colored woodcut illustrations. (Boethius. “De consolatione philosophiae.” Strassbourg: Johann Grüninger, 1501.)

UChicago News: On-site library services benefit doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs

Librarians providing innovative resources for faculty, students
University of Chicago – June 6, 2017

Extended All Night Study hours June 2 – 4

Regenstein Libary 1st Floor Reading Room

Regenstein Libary 1st Floor Reading Room (Photo by Jason Smith)

To support students preparing for finals, the Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will remain open Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 after the building closes at 11 p.m.

The all-night study space will thus be open 24 hours from Monday, May 29 until the end of finals on Friday, June 9.

For a full list of library hours, see http://hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

My Library Account improvements

The Library has released a new version of My Library Account (formerly My Account), offering enhancements and new features:

  • Displays have been improved, especially on mobile devices.
  • Checked out items are sorted by due date, so items due soon appear at the top of the list.
  • Checked out items can also be sorted by title, author, call number, loan type, etc.
  • Alerts appear for recalled items, items due soon, overdue items, etc.
  • Interlibrary loan, course reserves, and short term loans display information about their loan period and whether they are eligible for renewal.
  • Faculty can view which items on their accounts were checked out by proxy borrowers.
  • Requested items more clearly display whether they are available for pickup.
  • Quick links have been added to other Library accounts (Interlibrary Loan, Special Collections, Course Reserves).

See My Library Account Help for more information.

The new Checked out Items screen; items due soon appear at the top of the list.

The new Checked out Items screen; items due soon appear at the top of the list.

Alumni Weekend at the Library

The Library is delighted to welcome alumni and their guests for tours, meet and greets, and an exhibition during Alumni Weekend. Alumni and their guests are also welcome to visit the Library while on campus outside formal event times.

UChicago Alumni Weekend logoTour: Libraries in a New Light

Meet at the Joseph Regenstein Library, Lobby, 1100 E. 57th St.

Offered at four times:

  • Thursday, June 1, 2–3:15 p.m.
  • Friday, June 2, 2–3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 3, 2–3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 3, 3:30–4:45 p.m.

The Library remains at the center of research, learning, and campus life at UChicago, providing innovative digital services for the information age. Tour the newly transformed Regenstein A Level and the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. Admire the striking glass-domed reading room, see the robotic storage and retrieval system, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the preservation laboratories where collections from across the centuries are conserved and digitized.

Tensions in Renaissance Cities: View the Special Collections Exhibition and Meet the Curators

The Joseph Regenstein Library, Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 1100 E. 57th St.

  • Saturday, June 3: 1–2 p.m.

This Special Collections Research Center exhibition charts the tensions of Renaissance capitals from Venice to Mexico City as they looked eastward, westward, backward toward antiquity, or upward to the celestial geographies offered by magic, science, and theology. See highlights from the Library’s rare book and manuscript collections and the Smart Museum of Art and meet the curators—Ada Palmer, assistant professor in the Department of History and the College; PhD student Hilary Barker, AM’06; and Margo Weitzman, AM’15.

Meet and Greet with Library Director and University Librarian Brenda Johnson

Joseph Regenstein Library, Lobby, 1100 E. 57th St.

  • Saturday, June 3: 2–4 p.m.

Enjoy light refreshments and conversation with Library Director and University Librarian Brenda L. Johnson. Explore the online archives for photos from your years at UChicago, learn about the Library’s emerging work in geographic information systems, discover the digital repository Knowledge@UChicago, and learn about Library resources for alumni.

For more information about Alumni Weekend, visit alumniweekend.uchicago.edu.