Purple Shirt Award: The Best and the Weirdest from Special Collections

The Purple Shirt Award started in the beginning of 2014 as a way for all of us to showcase the treasures of Special Collections and University Archives that we come across during routine reference and processing. Staff members can bring one item to each monthly departmental meeting and then we vote on a favorite. The winner gets bragging rights and the Purple Shirt automaton to display at his or her desk for the rest of the month.

There were two submissions for the month of May! Both were from very different collections, but centered around one of the central themes of UIC Special Collections and University Archives – social justice.

The first submission was our winner – a coloring book called I Remember Harold!, all about Mayor Harold Washington. It’s from a collection that is currently in processing, so we only have a picture of the cover. You can see more pictures at this listing, or you can view it in person at the Newberry Library.

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The second submission is from the Emmett McBain Design collection. McBain was a graphic designer working in Chicago from the 1960s-1990s. He was one of the first prominent African-American designers and worked on many highly visible ad campaigns. This is a brochure he designed for the mutual self-help support group Still Doing Time, partially supported by Northeastern Illinois University (more information). This publication, “Look at You,” was designed specifically for women after release from correctional institutions and is full of different types of resources (from the McBain Collection, Box 3, Folder 32).

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LHS-Chicago construction week of May 18

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago. As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected. The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • Fire alarm and sprinkler work in the stairwells (front stairwell to remain open).
  • Fire alarm and sprinkler work on the third floor.
  • Library services have moved to the lower level.
  • The ACCCeSS Helpdesk has moved to the lower level.
  • Only second- and third- floor study rooms and computer workstations are available.
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LHS-Chicago construction week of May 11

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago. As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected. The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of May 11:

  • Fire alarm and sprinkler work begins in the stairwells (front stairwell to remain open).
  • Fire alarm and sprinkler work begins on the third floor.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • Library services have moved to the lower level.
  • The ACCCeSS Helpdesk has moved to the lower level.
  • Only second- and third- floor study rooms and computer workstations are available.
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LHS-Chicago construction week of May 04

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago. As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected. The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • Library services have moved to the lower level.
  • The ACCCeSS Helpdesk has moved to the lower level.
  • Only second- and third- floor study rooms and computer workstations are available.
  • The Dragon Dollar$ vending machine is available on the second floor.
  • An accessible workstation is available on the second floor.
  • A Visitor Research Computer is available on the third floor.
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LHS-Chicago construction week of April 27

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago. As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected. The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • Library services have moved to the lower level.
  • The ACCCeSS Helpdesk has moved to the lower level.
  • Only second- and third- floor study rooms and computer workstations are available.
  • The Dragon Dollar$ vending machine is available on the second floor.
  • An accessible workstation is available on the second floor.
  • A Visitor Research Computer is available on the third floor.
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Extended hours in campus libraries begin April 26

The Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago will be open extended hours for the end of spring semester and finals week beginning Sunday, April 26.

The Daley Library will be open continuously from 10 a.m., Sunday, April 26, through 7 p.m., Friday, May 8.  Only patrons with valid i-cards will be able to enter the building from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

LHS-Chicago’s extended hours will be between Sunday, April 26 through Thursday, May 7:
Sundays, 9 a.m. ­ – 2 a.m.
Mondays – Thursdays, 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Friday, 7 a.m. – midnight
Only UIC students, faculty, and staff will be admitted after 7 p.m.

Information about hours for the health sciences libraries in Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana is online.

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LHS-Chicago construction week of April 20

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago. As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected. The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of April 20:

  • Library services have moved to the lower level.
  • The ACCCeSS Helpdesk has moved to the lower level.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • Only second- and third- floor study rooms and computer workstations are available.
  • Eating area renovation is on-going.
  • Dragon Dollar$ vending machine moved to the second floor.
  • Accessible workstation relocated to the second floor.
  • A Visitor Research Computer is available on the third floor.
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Celebrate publication of comprehensive work on design history on 4/22

The Library will host a book party celebrating the publication of the first two volumes of Victor Margolin’s World History of Design on Wednesday, April 22, at 4 p.m., in Daley Library room 1-470.

Margolin, professor emeritus of design history, will join three UIC faculty for a discussion of Design History: Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Practice

  • Amir Berbic, Associate Professor, Graphic Design
  • Jonathan Mekinda, Assistant Professor, Design History
  • Philip Burton, Professor and Chair, Graphic Design

Prof. Margolin will present a copy of World History of Design to the University Library. The work is a result of more than 15 years of research and the first comprehensive history to cover design on a global scale. The first two volumes, published by Bloomsbury Academic and including 1,000 images, cover design from the beginning of human culture to the end of World War II.   A third volume on design from the end of World War II to the present is in preparation.

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LHS-Chicago construction week of April 13

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago. As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected. The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • Only second- and third- floor study rooms and computer workstations are available.
  • Eating area renovation is on-going.
  • Dragon Dollar$ vending machine moved to the second floor.
  • Accessible workstation relocated to the second floor.
  • A Visitor Research Computer is available on the third floor.
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