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  • 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

    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

  • No. 44 Society Meeting, Professor George Greenia "The Bigger the Book: The Archaeology of Really Big Medieval Books."

    Those of you who enjoyed our first blog posting on the University of Illinois's newly acquired Spanish antiphonal will be interested in attending a guest lecture by Professor George Greenia of William and Mary College entitled "The Bigger the Book: The Archaeology of Really Big Medieval Books." The library's two Spanish antiphonals will be on display at the event, which is being held in conjunction with our monthly No. 44 Society meeting at 3 pm on Wednesday, September 8th, in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

  • The Soybean Press, Fall 2010

    The Soybean Press, an educational workspace and fine press hosted at Printing Services, will be involved in two major events this fall, a visit to Allen Hall by the Combat Paper Project and the Youth Literature Festival at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. We welcome volunteers to join us and learn about printing and paper-making.

  • Congratulations to our Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin!

    The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Illinois now has even more reason to be proud of being the home of William S. Merwin's papers: on Thursday, July 1, it was announced that William S. Merwin would be named the next poet laureate of the United States. The duties of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress are to foster an appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry in America, to give an annual lecture along with a reading of their poetry and, typically, to introduce poets during the annual poetry series held at the Library of Congress. Merwin has said that he plans to do several readings and to visit schools as part of the fulfillment of this role.

  • Cyprian Norwid's copy of Dante's Divina Commedia

    It is with great excitement that we announce the discovery of an Italian copy of Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia (Firenze: Felice le Monnier, 1844) bearing Cyprian Norwid's ownership inscription and his presentation inscription to a Polish emigre in the United States.