RBML & Campus to Celebrate the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers
A Performance of Poetry
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The University of Illinois is rolling out a warm welcome for the recently-aquired Gwendolyn Brooks papers.
Mark your calendars for an April 24th, two-part celebration of Brooks life and work!
The afternoon session will feature a lecture by Haki Madhubuti, the former Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University and author of over twenty books of poetry and prose.
The evening session in the newly-renovated Lincoln Hall Theater will alternate readings of Brooks' poetry with commentary, as well as songs and a performance by a troupe headed by Brook's daugher Nora.
A coalition of planners and performers from English, African-American Studies, Theater, Music, the University Library, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University are busily rounding the programs and details into shape.
Check our website and future RBML Newsletters for more details.
RBML Graduate Assistant Tad Boehmer Recovers a "Christmas" Gift from 1909
Catalogs Letter from an American Illustrator of Dicken's A Christmas Carol
Tad Boehmer made an interesting discovery this past month when cataloging an 1869 American edition of Dickens' classic holiday tale—a letter from the work's illustrator!
Check out his "Non Solus" blog entry for December 23rd!
RBML to be Closed
January 10, 2014
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (and the rest of the University Library) will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for Library Cleaning Day.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
We will re-open at 1 p.m. in much spiffier shape!
The Remaining 2013—2014
Schedule of Meetings of
The No. 44 Society,
a Convivial Confab for Book Collectors
February 12, 2014 AT 3:00 P.M. in RBML
Henry Hébert, the Rare Book Conservator at the University of Illinois Library will talk about conservation and care of rare materials. Winners of the 2013 Fall Semester Fletcher and Baldwin Essay contests will also be announced.
March 12, 2014, 3:00 P.M. in RBML
J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan will give a talk entitled; "Bibliophilia to Bibliomania."
April 9, 2014, 3:00 P.M. Field Trip!
Please join us for a field trip to the Fresh Press! Pull a piece of paper and find out more about what's happening in the book arts in our area.
May 14, 2014, 3:00 P.M. in RBML
Paul Gehl, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library in Chicago will talk about the University of Illinois Cavagna Collection.
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Invites Visiting Scholar Applications
The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards two stipends of up to $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to spend a month or more conducting research with our materials.
Information about this program and how to apply is found on our Web site at: http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/research_fellowships.html, or contact the Public Programs Manager Dennis Sears (dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu) with further questions. Deadline for application is:
*1 February 2014*