Washingtonian Health Care Foundation Records Now Open

In 1863 the Washingtonian Home for the Cure of Inebriates opened at 547 State Street, Chicago, Illinois. On January 14, 1864 the Washingtonian Home Association was organized and its first constitution adopted.

In January of 1865 the Washingtonian Home issued an annual report stating that during its first year twenty-three men were residents of the home, including two clergymen, a cabinetmaker, an editor, two lawyers, and a surgeon. In response to the need for larger facilities the home relocated to  West Madison Street in 1865. Renovations completed in 1875 enabled the home to serve 100 male patients at a time.

In the late 1800s the association bought 10 acres of land at Irving Park and Western. In 1882 the association established at that location the Martha Washington Home for Women. For the next 100 years the institution, which evolved into the Martha Washington Hospital, continued to serve the Lakeview, Ravenswood, and other Chicago neighborhoods. The hospital continued in operation until 1992.

Since then the Washingtonian Health Care Foundation assembled and organized the historical archive, including minutes from the Board of Trustees and other meetings of the Washingtonian Home of Chicago, the Martha Washington Hospital, the Washington Health Care Corporation, and MarTech Enterprises, Inc., 1934-1990. The presentation of the archive to the UIC Library was made by Lewis F. Matuszewich, Chair, and Vicent Saverino, Secretary of the Board of the Washingtonian Health Care Foundation.

The records are available for use in the reading room of the Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley Library. Finding aid is available at http://uic.edu/depts/lib/findingaids/MSWHCF_11

UIC Library receives Mellon grant for Chicago Portal

The University of Illinois at Chicago Library (UIC), in connection with the Chicago Collections Consortium (CCC), has received a $194,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development and implementation of the Chicago Portal. The grant was awarded to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on behalf of the Library, which is leading the project with CCC.

The fifteen-month grant will fund the development of CCC’s major first initiative, a freely accessible, online portal to materials documenting the rich history of Chicago. The portal paves the way for CCC to fulfill its vision of connecting and preserving Chicago-focused collections, and increasing public and scholarly interest in and study of the Chicago region’s diverse history and culture.

Mary M. Case, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at UIC, and Chair of the CCC Board of Directors, commented, “The portal will use the power of technology and the research expertise of librarians and archivists to put information about diaries, photographs, letters, and other original materials from those who shaped Chicago’s history into our hands. We are very grateful to The Mellon Foundation for making it possible for us to tangibly connect the past and present and, in this way, promote scholarship and learning.”

CCC members already collaborate to connect researchers with materials. A few recent examples are these:

  • A professor from Princeton was looking for an image of Charles Percy in the 1966 midterm campaigns for a book he is finishing on the Great Society. CCC enabled him to retrieve an image in just 24 hours.
  • A member of the public traveled to the Chicago area from Ohio to conduct research for a biography he is writing on family member Katherine Whitney Curtis, the originator of synchronized swimming.  CCC helped him schedule a visit to the local institution that holds Curtis’ papers.
  • Cook County, IL is inventorying their historical archives and sought CCC assistance in identifying an institution for consultation on collection development, preservation, access, and education.  UIC library staff provided advice and referral to the Illinois State Archives.

Using the technology of the Chicago Portal, researchers worldwide will discover historical resources even more quickly and easily.  Jaclyn Grahl, Executive Director of the CCC, remarked, “The portal represents just the beginning of this terrific collaboration of Chicago institutions working together to provide first-rate programs and services that will benefit the public in exciting new ways.”


UIC ranks among the nation’s leading research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 27,500 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world. For more information about UIC, please visit www.uic.edu.


The CCC is a new nonprofit organization that preserves, presents, and promotes the history and culture of the Chicago region by coordinating and leveraging the collections, programs, and expertise of its member libraries, museums, and other institutions with Chicago-focused archival materials. By promoting cooperation and collaboration across Chicago’s cultural heritage community, CCC aims to develop a robust offering of collaborative programs highlighting the unique collections that document both the history and contemporary concerns of one of North America’s largest and most complex urban communities. With the Chicago Portal as its cornerstone initiative, future projects such as citywide online and physical exhibits, neighborhood guides, curricular materials, and educational programs will be developed.

Founding members of the CCC include: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, The Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, The University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago.


Daley Special Collections Renovations March 24-April 5, 2014

During the weeks of March 24-April 5 many of our collections storage areas will be inaccessible due to asbestos abatement. We strongly recommend that researchers call to confirm availability of their desired collections.

Phone Special Collections (312-996-2742) for the latest news and to schedule your visit.

Several facilities projects got underway in the Daley Library beginning March 3, 2014 and will continue through the fall 2014 semester.  These projects include installation of a fire protection (sprinkler) system throughout the building, upgrade of the fire alarm system, and renovation of the northeast section of the first floor (Reserve Reading Room) for the Circle Reading Room.  Information about changes in hours, services, and access to collections will be posted on the Library website.

Special Collections upgrades begin March 3, 2014

During the week of March 3 – 8, 2014, certain areas of the Daley Library Special Collections stacks will be inaccessible.  Staff will be unable to page some materials and strongly recommend that researchers make an appointment at least two weeks in advance.

Phone Special Collections (312-996-2742) for the latest news and to schedule your visit.

There are several facilities projects taking place in the Daley Library beginning March 3, 2014 and continuing through the fall 2014 semester.  These include installation of a fire protection (sprinkler) system throughout the building, upgrade of the fire alarm system, and renovation of the northeast section of the first floor (Reserve Reading Room) for the Circle Reading Room.  Information about changes in hours, services, and access to collections will be posted on the Library website.

Fair Use Week activities

Fair Use is a provision of U.S. copyright law that supports and encourages the creation of new and innovative content and is essential to the work of students, scholars, and researchers.

Fair Use Week is the collaborative effort of academic librarians seeking to expand public awareness about copyright and fair use in education.   Several universities and colleges are spearheading this effort, including American University, Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and William Paterson University.

This year’s inaugural events mark the beginning of a campaign to increase understanding and promote intellectual freedom and innovation.

On February 25, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon, Sandy DeGroote and Pia Hunter will host a Fair Use Clinic in the lobby of the Daley Library.  They will provide information about copyright and fair use for instruction and explain why fair use is important to the academic community.  Test your Fair Use knowledge and enter to win a fabulous prize!

The week’s calendar of blogs, webinars, and events is included below. Those who would like to increase their knowledge of copyright and digital content should register for Friday’s free webinar sponsored by CCUMC, Leadership in Media and Academic Technology: Copyright Updates for the Digital Age.

Fair Use Week 2014 Calendar of Live Events

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

UIC Library Fair Use Clinic: Join Sandy DeGroote and Pia Hunter at 10:00 a.m. at the UIC Richard J. Daley Library.  Get information about copyright, author’s rights, and why fair use is essential to the academic community.  Test your fair use knowledge and enter to win a fabulous prize!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

William Paterson University hosts Brandon Butler (American University) on Wednesday, February 26th at 12:30pm in the Atrium Auditorium.  Brandon will present Know Your Rights: Fair Use and Education. The post-event recording will be available for streamed access at http://njvid.net.

Friday, February 28, 2014

CCUMC, Leadership in Media and Academic Technology Webinar Event:  Copyright Updates for the Digital Age, featuring Lindley Shedd from the University of Alabama Libraries will moderate the session, and Jane Hutchison, William Paterson University, and Anthony Helm, Dartmouth College, will be panelists.  Register at http://ccumc.org.

Harvard University: Live Fair Use Panel featuring Andy Sellers (Harvard’s Berkman Center), Ann Whiteside (Harvard’s Graduate School of Design), Laura Quilter (UMass Amherst), and Ellen Duranceau (MIT).  The event will be held at @2:30pm in the Harvard University Lamont Library Forum Room.

Harvard University Fair Use Week Blogs

Monday, 2/24: Krista Cox (ARL Director of Public Policy Initiatives) guest blogs

Tuesday, 2/25: Kevin Smith (Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke) guest blogs

Wednesday, 2/26: Kenneth Crews (Director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia) guest blogs

Thursday, 2/27: Harvard Law Professor Terry Fisher’s new fair use CopyrightX video will be featured on the blog

Friday, 2/28: Fair Use Week Panel at 2:30 in the Lamont Forum Room, featuring Andy Sellers (Harvard’s Berkman Center), Ann Whiteside (Harvard’s Graduate School of Design), Laura Quilter (UMass Amherst), and Ellen Duranceau (MIT)


Daley Library responds to rising textbook costs with books on reserve

by Aria Eckersley

Handing over your credit card for a semester’s worth of textbooks is no easy task.

According to The College Board, the average student at a four-year public college will spend about $1,200 on textbooks and supplies in the 2013-2014 school year. Unfortunately, this number has been on the rise. In 2012, University of Michigan-Flint economics professor Mark Perry reported an 812 percent increase in college textbook prices since 1978.1

 The Daley Library is making strides to ease the burden of textbook costs on students. The library offers selected textbooks for 100- and 200-level General Education courses on reserve.

The head of Reserve and Media Services, Pia Hunter, reported that the most commonly reserved books are for English, science and economics courses. Hunter explained that she makes decisions about which textbooks to purchase in part on the basis of cost. She also speaks with faculty and students to determine which books are in demand.

As word of the program has spread, the number of textbooks checked out has rapidly increased. In the first semester of the program, fall 2012, books were checked out 702 times compared with 1,757 times in the spring 2013 semester and 2,821 times in the fall 2013 semester.

Hunter explained that the program is not intended to substitute for students purchasing their textbooks. However, it provides a segment of students with competing financial obligations the chance to achieve their academic goals without sacrificing other necessities. The program is also beneficial to students who purchase less expensive, older textbook editions, as they are able to consult the textbook on reserve for changes in page numbers or content.

 Two commonly cited reasons for the rise in textbook costs are rapid new edition cycles and textbook “bundling.”

Once a new edition of a textbook is released, students are often expected to buy this latest edition instead of older, less expensive ones. David Klein, an economics major at UIC explained, “A lot of the core concepts of economics have gone unchanged for decades, but professors insist on using the latest edition when the same basic concepts are available in a textbook printed in 2000.”

On average, new textbook editions cost 45 percent more than used copies of the previous edition.2 As new editions are introduced into the market, older editions’ values decrease and students recoup a tiny fraction of their original purchase price when selling these books back.

A 2007 U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that textbook price increases are mainly due to publisher’s cost to produce supplemental materials such as CDROMs and online content.3 Publishers “bundle” by shrink-wrapping these materials in with a textbook. If online access and codes expire after a semester, the value of the accompanying textbook declines at that point. Bundling often causes the value of used textbooks to decrease as the demand for new textbooks increases.

The effect of textbook costs on students is cause for concern. In January 2014, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) released a report that surveyed more than 2,000 students at 156 colleges in the fall of 2013. The report revealed that 65 percent of the students said they did not buy all of their required textbooks due to their cost. Ninety-four percent of those who did not buy all textbooks reported that they were concerned about how doing so would affect their grades. Additionally, about 48 percent of students reported that textbook costs influence their choices about which classes they take and how many they register for.4

In light of these effects on students, Hunter noted, “Library staff get instant gratification to be able to provide something in a moment of need. And the students are excited about it, too:  instead of handing over a credit card, they can simply hand over their iCards — a great bargain for the latest textbooks!”

For questions about specific titles on reserve in the Daley Library, inquire at Reserve and Media Services; or contact Pia Hunter (huntress@uic.edu or 312-996-2719); or search Course Reserves in the Library’s online catalog.




1)   http://www.nbcnews.com/business/required-reading-textbook-prices-soar-students-try-cope-8C11140099

2)   http://studentpirgs.org/news/new-report-shows-college-textbook-costs-increasing-sharply-ahead-inflation

3)   http://www.wisconsin.edu/audit/textbookcosts.pdf

4)   http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/open-textbooks-could-help-students-financially-and-academically-researchers-say/49839

Enter video contest: How do you use the Daley Library?

Make a video showing how you use the Daley Library, and you could win a $500 bookstore gift card!

Students must submit a video no more than four minutes long in which they discuss the library and its services. The video must:

  1. Be submitted by April 11, 2014
  2. Be uploaded to YouTube (including a script for captions)
  3. Follow copyright fair use standards
  4. Be registered under a Creative Commons License

The videos will be evaluated based on creativity, relevance, technical merit, and overall impact. The independent panel of judges will include librarians, faculty, and students.

There will be a kickoff meeting on Tuesday, February 11 at noon in the Daley Library, room 1-470.

For more information about the contest and to access the official entry form.

Good luck to all contestants!

Plumpp, Reed discuss music, African-American history Feb.6

by Aria Eckersley

Join the UIC Library in welcoming renowned scholars UIC Professor Emeritus Sterling Plumpp and Roosevelt University Professor Emeritus Dr. Christopher Reed for a discussion about the impact of music on African-American culture and history and the effect of the Great Migration on blues and jazz music in Chicago.  The program, “Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Hip-Hop:  A Continuum of African-American Culture in the Diaspora,” takes place on Thursday, February 6, at 4 p.m., in Richard J. Daley Library room 1-470.

Professor Plumpp taught English and African-American studies at UIC for thirty years until his retirement in 2001. He is an accomplished poet whose work draws on the rhythm and style of jazz and blues music. Plumpp has won multiple awards including the Carl Sandburg Literacy Award for Poetry in 1983.1 Chicago Tribune writer Howard Reich explained, “His song-like verses, copiously marked with slashes and spaces and commas, cry out to be heard…Plumpp’s poetry doesn’t just address blues and jazz, it exemplifies them.”2

Dr. Reed is an established historical scholar from Chicago. His research explores Chicago history, 19th and 20th century black Chicago history as well as urban politics. Dr. Reed has authored multiple books and essays about blacks in Chicago including The Chicago NAACP and the Rise of Black Professional Leadership, 1910-1966 (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1997) and The Rise of Chicago’s Black Metropolis, 1920-1929 (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2011). Dr. Reed also serves as the general secretary of the Black Chicago History Forum.3

This event is free and open to the public.

For an entire list of events hosted by UIC this Black History month, visit: http://www.uic.edu/depts/campusprograms/bhm/docs/Event_Details.pdf


1)   http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/sterling-plumpp-39

2)   http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ent-0605-jazz-sterling-plumpp-20130605,0,6002792.column

3)   http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/christopher-r-reed-41

You asked for career info — we got it!

Planning for your future can be stressful. Vault Career Insider is a student’s best friend, with indispensible resources from job and internship listings to reviews and rankings of major companies. UIC students voiced the need for a resource that provides a broad scope of career planning information in one place, and the Library acquired access to Vault in November 2013.

Thy Nguyen, director of career services at UIC, explained why Vault is an invaluable asset to students. “Vault Career Insider is a wonderful resource for researching various industries and occupations, learning about internship opportunities, and gaining insights into various workplace trends. Regardless of a student’s major, I strongly believe that Vault offers something for everybody. In my opinion, it’s the most comprehensive career planning resource available to today’s college student.”

Vault features:

  • Reviews and rankings for companies, schools, and internships
  • Job and internship listings
  • Information on industries
  • Tips for writing resumes and cover letters
  • Interview preparation and questions
  • Career topic guides

Marcia Dellenbach, assistant reference librarian, noted the convenience of using Vault Career and the many ways it can help the UIC community.  “In one place, students can find information about job hunting and career options, companies, industries and internships,” Dellenbach said.  “It can be used by students who are considering a career, those looking for an internship, and graduates who are now job hunting.”

Exhibition portrays history of Polish Jews


Traces of Memory: A Contemporary Look at the Jewish Past in Poland is an ode to the Jewish civilization that was nearly annihilated. The exhibition examines the devastating history of Polish Jews as well as the modern repercussions of the near destruction of Jewish civilization. The exhibition is touring the United States from the Galicia Museum in Kraków, Poland.

Traces of Memory is comprised of the photographs of photojournalist Chris Schwarz and the research and texts of anthropologist Jonathan Webber. The two traveled the Polish countryside in preparation for this project, documenting the visible traces of the history of Polish Jews. Karen Underhill, assistant professor in the Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literature Department, helped to bring the exhibition to UIC. She says of Traces of Memory, “It is inspiring. Seeing the work that the Galicia Museum staff and volunteers are doing, I think about what we can do in our communities – to care for memory, to restore narratives that have been erased, and to engage our young generation in building bridges between communities that have had animosity in the past.”

The opening reception and panel discussion for the exhibition will feature a talk given by Jakub Nowakowski, Galicia Museum director, with welcoming remarks by Paulina Kapuścińska of the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, an introduction by Karen Underhill, and comments by Michael H. Traison, founder of the Michael H. Traison Fund for Poland. Underhill says, “I think members of the UIC community will be inspired to believe work of this kind is hugely worthwhile.”

The Traces of Memory reception and discussion will take place on Tuesday, December 3 at 6 pm at the Daley Library, first floor. The exhibition will be on display for the public through January 31, 2014.