The Harris Fletcher Award
& T.W. Baldwin Prize
To foster the use of primary sources and rare materials, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers two prizes each year for the best research paper based on original sources from RBML. The prizes, co-sponsored by the The No. 44 Society, include separate judging and prizes for undergraduate (Fletcher Award) and graduate (Baldwin Prize) student papers. Professors in any department may nominate a student’s work. All submissions must be made by faculty (not by the students themselves).
The award for each category is $500. Entries should be emailed or forwarded to Dennis Sears (dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu), The Rare Book & Manuscript Library's Public Programs Manager, 346 Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61801, MC-522. Deadline for entry is 3 May 2013.
No. 44 Society
"Collecting Art in the Italian Renaissance: Rome, Florence, Mantua"
A Talk by Noted Art Historian and Curator, Stephen Scher
13 March 2013 at 3 pm in RBML
The March meeting of The No. 44 Society welcomes art historian Stephen Scher. Scher is a collector and contributing curator of exhibitions at the Frick, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York. He is the author of: The Currency of Fame: Portrait Medals of the Renaissance, a Study of Portrait Medals (1994)and numerous other works and catalogs. Stephen K. Scher received his M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 1961 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1966.
Scher most recently worked as a curator on the Met’s show: Masterpieces of Renaissance Portraiture, which ran from December 21, 2011 to March 18, 2012
All are welcome!
Opening in April:
Casino Royale and Beyond: 60 Years of Ian Fleming's Literary Bond
12 April—12 July 2013
Curated by Michael VanBlaricum
University of Illinois alum Michael L. VanBlaricum '72 ENG, MS '74 ENG, PHD '76 ENG, has amassed one of the finest collections of Ian Fleming material in private hands. He is also President of the Ian Fleming Foundation.
To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Fleming's first book featuring secret agent 007, "James Bond," the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music have invited VanBlaricum to curate a multi-venue exhibition.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library will display all manner of editions of Casino Royale, as well as letters, reviews, photos, and other works. The Spurlock Museum will host showings of the three film versions of the work (including the rare television show from 1954 with a blonde, American Bond), and exhibits of objects (including a Bond car!) related to the films. The Sousa Archives will concentrate on the music of Casino Royale and the Bond films, particularly the music from the 1967 film made famous by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
Other planned events include a special concert of Bond music and a presentation by VanBlaricum on April 12. Stay tuned for further updates!
Discovery from the RBML Vault!
Carl Sandburg Poem;
In the course of helping to archive Carl Sandburg materials, Rare Book & Manuscript Library volunteer Ernie Gullerud recently uncovered an unpublished Carl Sandburg poem that resonates with our present national dialog on firearms.
Gullerud, a retired University of Illinois Professor of Social Work, has been cataloging the manuscripts of Sandburg's poetry in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library for the last seven years.
The poem's discovery has been reported upon by news organizations throughout the country.
Here it is in full, slightly reformatted to fit this column:
Here is a revolver.
It has an amazing language all its own.
It delivers unmistakable ultimatums.
It is the last word.
A simple, little human forefinger can tell a terrible story with it.
Hunger, fear, revenge, robbery hide behind it.
It is the claw of the jungle made quick and powerful.
It is the club of the savage turned to magnificent precision.
It is more rapid than judge or court of law.
It is less subtle and treacherous than any one lawyer or ten.
When it has spoken,the case cannot be appealed to the supreme
court, nor any mandamus nor any injunction nor any stay of ex-
ecution come in and interfere with the original purpose.
And nothing in human philosophy persists more strangely than the
old belief that God is always on the side of those who have the