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SCRC Circulation Request System Down 11pm Oct. 18th

alertsymbolThe Special Collections Circulation Request system will be unavailable due to server maintenance for approximately one hour tonight,  from 11:00 PM to 11:59 PM CST on Friday, October 18th.  We regret any inconvenience caused.

DNAinfo Chicago: Library exhibit features Columbian Exposition artifacts

Museums show off Columbian Exposition artifacts for anniversary
DNAinfo Chicago – September 25, 2013

Take a historic campus tour from your couch

Beginning of historic campus tour

Beginning of historic campus tour

A new online tour of the University of Chicago campus allows visitors to view select campus residence halls and classroom buildings as they were in decades past, while simultaneously seeing that location as it appears today.  The campus tour, created by Special Collections staff and using the social media site HistoryPin, features dozens of images from the Special Collections Research Center’s Photographic Archive.  Each image is then mapped to a current-day Google Street Map location.  Viewers have the option to use the “fade” control to fade the historical image into the background or bring it forward. 

This historic campus tour is the second such virtual tour created in Special Collections, the first being a tour of iconic sights of Chicago, inspired by the postcards in the Ian Mueller Collection of Chicago Memorabilia.  The Chicago city postcard tour was curated by the Special Collections archives and manuscripts unit staff, and  launched at the same time the exhibition, “Souvenirs! Get Your Souvenirs!” opened in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery.  The physical exhibition runs July 22- October 5, 2013.  View the postcard tour  online.

Special Collections Opens at 10:30am August 23

The Special Collections Research Center will open at 10:30am on Friday, August 23. We regret any inconvenience caused.

Special Collections closed August 17

alertsymbolDue to building-wide electrical work, the Special Collections Research Center will be closed August 17. As a result of this necessary closure, the only Saturdays SCRC will be open in August are the 3rd and our last Saturday of the summer, August 24, 9:00am -12:45pm. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

International Association for Cultural Freedom Series III Temporarily Closed

Series III of the International Association for Cultural Freedom (IACF) papers will be temporarily unavailable for research beginning Monday, June 3, 2013. The series will be closed in order to allow the materials to be re-housed and the boxes renumbered. The series will be available for research again on September 1, 2013. Please contact us with any questions.

Butler-Gunsaulus Collection now available online

The autograph letters, documents, and engravings of the Butler-Gunsaulus Collection have been digitized and are available online via the collection’s finding aid. Presented to the University of Chicago Library in 1910 by Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus, a preeminent collector of rare books and manuscripts, the source material concerning historic persons and events was amassed primarily by Chicago businessman Edward Burgess Butler. Though a number of the papers are of European origin and date from the sixteenth century forward, most were produced in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Among the collection’s Civil War documents is, “Special Requisition of drugs and medicines for the use of the sick of the 2nd Regiment, Missouri Volunteers and of those of the other regiments remaining at the hospital, Boonville Fair Grounds, July 2, 1861,” shown here. Morphiae sulfatis and Aethiops antimonialis are but two of the drugs herein requested by Union Army surgeon Ernst Schmidt, medications needed to treat casualties of the First Battle of Boonville. During that engagement, which occurred two weeks earlier, seven of the Union forces were injured, and five were killed outright or mortally wounded. Confederate troops, moreover, sustained similar losses.

The requisition carries the signature of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, whose victory in Boonville, at first glance, seemed insignificant. The aftermath, however, proved otherwise as Federal troops secured and retained control of the Missouri River, and supporters of secession were driven from the region.

Changes to the Children’s Book Collections In SCRC

mothergooseFor decades the University of Chicago Library’s historical children’s books were located in the Encyclopaedia Britannica Collection of Books for Children ( better known as “EB”).  The nearly 5,000 books that formed the core of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Collection of Books for Children were collected by Chicagoan Henry C. Friedman. His collection was purchased by Encyclopaedia Britannica (whose then- president, William Benton, was a member of the University’s Board of Trustees) and donated to the University of Chicago in 1946 to provide resources for research and teaching of children’s literature in the Graduate School of Library Service.  Over the years, many individuals have made gifts to the Encyclopaedia Britannica Collection of Books for Children, which has grown to over 12,000 titles. 

The Special Collections Research Center has established a new collection with the name Historical Children’s Books (HCB), in order to distinguish the original EB/Friedman gift from the subsequent additions. A Special Collections project is under way to separate the books collected by Harry Friedman using the original inventory of his collection. These books will remain in the Encyclopaedia Britannica Collection of Books for Children and all others will be moved to the new HCB collection.  This process will take several months and Special Collections Research Center staff will be happy to help users locate materials during this transition period.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alice Schreyer, Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Special Collections (schreyer@uchicago.edu), Catherine Uecker, Rare Books Librarian (cuecker@uchicago.edu), or Julia Gardner, Head of Reader Services (juliag@uchicago.edu).

Go on a Blind Date With Books in Special Collections

The Quiver of Love

The Quiver of Love

Are you in love with books? Come to the Special Collections Research Center’s  “Blind Date With Books” event on February 13, from 4:00-6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Learn about how early books were made, and try your hand at folding a folio to make a copy of the first Shakespeare folio.  Engage in the ultimate blind date with a book, trying to identify books while blindfolded.  And be sure to take a look at the rare books and manuscripts on display, all focusing on elements of love, romance, and heartbreak, from medieval through contemporary times.

The Special Collections Research Center is located on the first floor of Regenstein Library.  Anyone needing an accommodation to attend this event should contact Julia Gardner 773-834-0627.

Zine Exhibit in the News

A review of the latest Special Collections exhibition, My Life is an Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiographyappears in the most recent issue of The Chicago Maroon.

Alice Bucknell’s article, “In Reg, zine but not herd,” can be found on the Maroon‘s website here: http://chicagomaroon.com/2013/01/17/in-reg-zine-but-not-herd/

My Life is An Open Book is on view from January 14 to April 13, 2013, in the Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, which is located in the Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday: 9:00am – 4:45pm; Saturdays: 9:00am – 12:45pm, when classes are in session.