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  • The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program-Call for Applications

    The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards stipends of $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to come and spend a month or so of study with our materials. The research strengths of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are manifold. Comprehensive collections support studies in printing and printing history, Renaissance studies, Elizabethan and Stuart life and letters, John Milton and his age, emblem studies, economic history, and works on early science and natural history. The library also houses the papers of such diverse literary figures as Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, William Maxwell, and W.S. Merwin.
  • German Christmas Songs

    A collection of German Christmas songs (call number IUA15239) from the library of Richard Aron passed through Quick and Clean Cataloging a few months ago. This Sammelband contains 38 pamphlets published between 1774 and 1828. Most of the pamphlets are only two to four leaves in length and contain the lyrics to German Christmas and New Year songs. The pamphlets are all printed in a simple manner and were produced in Berlin. These pamphlets may have been collected by a single individual at Christmas masses over the years and later bound together in paper-covered cardstock boards. An illegible ownership inscription appears on the title page of the first work and is dated Berlin, 1835. This pamphlet collection would provide a wealth of information to anyone studying the history of popular culture, music, or religion in Germany in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century. More information about the Aron collection can be found below.
  • No. 44 Society Talk: Michael VanBlaricum on Ian Fleming

    Michael VanBlaricum, founder of the Ian Flemming Foundation, will speak tomorrow, November 10th, during the No. 44 Society meeting in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at 3 p.m. Over the past thirty years, VanBlaricum has developed a world-renowned collection of materials related to Ian Flemming and James Bond. We hope to see you here for what will certainly be a very interesting presentation. Rare Book & Manuscript Library 346 Main Library (MC-522) 1408 West Gregory Drive Urbana, Illinois
  • Manzanar Free Press

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    On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 "Authorizing the Secretary of War to Prescribe Military Areas." During World War II, over 120,000 persons of Japanese, German, and Italian ancestry were then removed from these military areas and relocated to internment camps in the Western United States--most for the duration of the war. One of these camps was placed in the abandoned town of Manzanar in California's isolated Inyo County, where a population of 7,600 was spread out over 10,000 square miles. This camp would grow to over 800 buildings and process over 11,000 detainees during the war. Two-thirds of the detainees held behind Manzanar's barbed wire were American citizens.
  • Terry Belanger to Speak on the Future of Rare Books

    Terry Belanger, founding director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, will deliver a talk entitled: Meditations on Rare Books and Rare Book Librarians: Where Do They Come From? Who Are They? What's to Become of Them? Join us for what promises to be an informative talk by one of the most respected names in the field of rare books and manuscripts. The presentation will take place October 27th, at 1:00pm in room 126 of the Library and Information Science building, 501 E. Daniel Street.
  • Dobell Catalogs

    The Rare Book & Manuscript Library recently discovered that we hold a complete set of the Dobell catalogs, which appear to have been owned by the Dobell family. On 16 July 1956, Gordon N. Ray purchased 22 volumes of the catalogs from Days Bookshop in England. These volumes are uniformly bound in three-quarters brown goat and have four raised bands and four gilt-stamped fleurons on the spine, in addition to the gilt titles. Bertram Dobells signature appears on the front free endpaper verso and below it, inscribed in pencil in a similar hand, is the note: Not for sale. The catalogs may have been sold to Days Bookshop following the death of Percy J. Dobell on 23 January 1956. A printed remembrance of Percy J. Dobell is tipped-in at the beginning of the 8 Bruton Street catalogs for 1921-22. The catalogs are largely unmarked, but a few have information regarding their exact date of publication and the number of copies issued inscribed in both pencil and ink at the top of the first page. The library also owns four further volumes of Dobell catalogs bound in library buckram, catalogs which may have been purchased by Gordon Ray at the same time, but in an unbound state.
  • Much Ado About Moving!

    Over the next four weeks (September 13th-October 15th), we will be moving the collections of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Our staff has been busy working, planning and meeting about this move for a long time and it is finally about to begin. We are happy to say this move will greatly improve the environmental conditions of our vault, as well as give us an opportunity to rearrange a collection that has grown well beyond our present capacity. Due to the increased demands on our staff during this period of the first phase of the move we will only be retrieving books once a day; so if you are under time constraints please email ahead using our email reference form, found here: As we near the end of the first phase of our move we will be updating with more information about our successful shift and some photographs of our new space. MS