In This Issue:
Opening 25 January : "Names Swallowed by the Cold"
Guy Fraker, Expert on Lincoln's Legal Career, to Speak 18 February
"Casino Royale" Exhibit Opens
Opening in January:
Names Swallowed by the Cold:
Hidden Histories of Arctic Exploration
25 January—8 April 2013
Curated by Adam Doskey
This two-part exhibition of unique materials about Arctic exploration commemorates the centenary of the Crocker Land Expedition, an Arctic expedition co-sponsored by the University of Illinois, which included recent University of Illinois graduates W. Elmer Ekblaw and Maurice Tanquary.
The exhibition in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library features manuscript materials from Sir William Parry, Sir John Franklin, and Sir John Richardson, and many association copies of works by important explorers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the Anglo-American contribution to Arctic exploration. The exhibits include items from the Palmer-Parry Collection, the Sir John Richardson Collection, the Schwatka Arctic Library, and the Mercanton Polar Library. The companion exhibition in the Library's First Floor North-South Hallway will include a pictorial timeline of Arctic exploration and will highlight the connections between the European Arctic explorers that are also represented in our collections.
The opening reception on Friday, 25 January at 3 pm will feature a lecture by Gillen Wood, Professor of English Literature at the University of Illinois. Entitled "The Icemen Cometh: Forgotten Pioneers of British Arctic Exploration," the lecture will highlight the contributions made by Bernard O’Reilly and William Scoresby Jr. to the British search for the Northwest Passage in the early nineteenth century. Dr. Wood received his Phd in 2000 from Columbia University. He is the Director of Sustainability Studies Initiative in Humanities, and the Nicholson Professor of English.
On Thursday, 7 February at 3 pm, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will be celebrating Charles Dickens’s birthday with a staged reading of Wilkie Collins’s play, The Frozen Deep. This play was based on Sir John Franklin’s expedition to discover the Northwest Passage and was written by Collins in collaboration with Charles Dickens. Both authors acted in the original performances. The play will be read by actors from the University of Illinois Department of Theatre, led by Thomas Mitchell.
Adam Doskey, the exhibition's curator and Project Supervisor of the Rare Book Cataloging Project in RBML, will give a guided tour of the exhibition at the February No. 44 Society meeting, on Wednesday, 13 February 13 at 3 pm. Don't miss it!
On 3 April at 4 pm, Mark Safstrom (Ph.D. University of Washington 2010), Lecturer of Swedish and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Illinois, will give a lecture on the literary aspects of Arctic exploration narratives.
On 8 April at 3 pm, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library welcomes Dr. Dag Avango of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) at Stockholm, who will deliver a lecture to close the Library's exhibition: "The Industrial Archaeology of Polar Exploration."
Dr. Avango studies the history of technology in the polar regions and has written about industrial archaeology on Svalbard and South Georgia Island.