Welcome to the new RBML E-Newsletter!
There is so much happening in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library that we’ve decided to establish a newsletter to keep you informed and up to date on our activities. The newsletter will appear monthly and will include upcoming events, news of recent acquisitions, happy discoveries and highlights of the collections, as well as profiles of scholars and students working with the extraordinary primary resources in RBML. This newsletter will allow us to provide you with information and schedules of events in one place so that we don’t fill up your mailbox too often with separate announcements of each event and milestone. We hope you like it!
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—Valerie Hotchkiss, Director of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Current Exhibition In RBML:
Wealth of Notions:
Economists in Conflict
14 September—14 December 2012
Curated by Samuel Bostaph
Economic thinking begins with the recognition of scarcity. The limitation of the means for securing the ends that are the purpose of individual or collective action requires choosing among possible means. The ends themselves are limited by the finitude of human aspirations and of life itself. Choosing rationally among ends, as well as among suitable means, requires principles of choice. Economics is the science of those principles.
This exhibition traces the formulation of modern economic thought through representative texts drawn from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library's Hollander Collection of Economica.
Assembled by Jacob Harry Hollander (1871-1940), Professor of Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, the Hollander Collection is one of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library's great treasures. Containing nearly 4100 books, manuscripts, letters, realia, and portraits, it encompasses the broad sweep of almost 450 years of economic thought.
A printed catalog is available, as well as a .pdf file.
at Urbana Free Library
Supports C-U "Big Read" Program:
A Midwestern Childhood: Tom Sawyer at The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
21 September—28 October 2012
Curated by Tad Boehmer
How has The Adventures of Tom Sawyer managed to maintain such lasting influence and still appeal to fans of all ages in the over 135 years since its debut in 1876? Its author Samuel L. Clemens (1835-1910), better known as Mark Twain, secured its popularity in his lifetime through the release of many editions and foreign translations. He also responded to his characters’ fame by writing several sequels. Since then, numerous artists have taken on the task of illustrating Twain’s work, and countless adaptations have been written for a wide range of formats, including comic books, television shows, movies, plays, and even a ballet. The items in this exhibition come from The Rare Book & Manuscript Library which manages extensive holdings related to Mark Twain and his works, representing the entire depth and breadth of the career of one of America’s greatest writers.
Next No. 44 Society Event:
10 October 2012,
3:00 p.m., 346 Library
Third Annual Joan Friedman Lecture in Book History
For the October meeting of The No. 44 Society, we welcome Daniel Traister, the Curator of Research Services, Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania.
Traister will deliver the third annual Joan Friedman Lecture in Book History, "Circulating a Copy of Thomas Gray's "Poems" (1775) in 1776." He has written extensively on the history of books and printing and on topics in English and American literature.
All are welcome!
"Soapbox on the Quad"
17 October 2012
University of Illinois Quad
Political Speech 100 Years Ago: The Election of 1912
This event will "sample" the activism and political speech of the past. Students from Theatre and the U of I Speech Team will perform the speeches of presidential candidates and political activists of 1912. The speakers will dress in period attire and proclaim their political views from the tops of soapboxes. A political speaker of special significance to Illinois, Carl Sandburg, will be represented there as well. Campaign songs of the period will be sung by students from the Music department and audience participation is greatly encouraged. Come chant campaign slogans, cheer, and jeer for the political candidates of yesteryear. This free event is sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Department of Theatre, and the School of Music.