Category Archives: Special Collections

Library catalog unavailable June 12-15

The UIC Library catalog will be unavailable from 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015, until 8 a.m. on Monday, June 15, due to a scheduled software upgrade.  During this outage, users will not be able to search using the “Books, Articles & More” tab or the “Library Catalog” tab.  The CARLI I-Share catalog also will be unavailable.

Users will have access to e-journals through the A-Z list.

 

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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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.

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.

We had two submissions for April and they were both SO COOL that we declared a tie! First are printing blocks from the Chicago Board of Trade collections.  All plates are from Series V (Department records), Subseries 3 (Public Relations Department records), oversize box 5.

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(several plates from the collection)

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(the statue Ceres from the building)

The next submission is letters from Kittie Smith, a woman who started her own home for disabled children and was the first woman to vote in Illinois. What’s unusual about her letters? They were written with her feet! Smith’s arms were badly burned in a childhood accident and had to be amputated. Funds from the sale of her booklet (featured below) initially supported her and allowed her to start the Maywood Home for Disabled Children. Included is also a photograph of Smith dexterously doing everyday activities. All materials are from the Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois, Box 3, Folder 30.

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(sample brochure)

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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.

Here’s one of our winning submissions from February with a BONUS picture from the same collection that won at an earlier meeting. These submissions are both from the Maps department and are from the Kuhlman Chicago Area Photo Services (CAPS) Collection of prints and negatives. KC_002

This first photo is a close up of the plan used to take the pictures. Our maps librarian, Becky Lowery, has identified it as a Curtin JN model from 1925 (otherwise known as a Jenny).

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This was our winning shot! Who doesn’t love a dog pilot? The picture is dated June 26, 1925.

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The above shot is from the same project, but obviously much later. Unfortunately we do not have a date or an exact location – does this look familiar to anyone out there?

Learn about Black life in 19th century at Library program on 2/23

The UIC Library will host a panel discussion, “Behind Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  Black Life in the 19th Century,” on Monday, February 23, 5 – 7 p.m., in the Daley Library conference room 1-470.

Barbara Ransby, professor of African American studies and history and director of UIC’s  Social Justice Initiative, will moderate a panel with speakers R. J. Ellis, University of Birmingham (U.K.); Katrina Thompson, associate professor of history at Saint Louis University; and Jane Rhodes, head of African American studies at UIC.  Johari Jabir, assistant professor of African American Studies at UIC, will be a discussant with the panel.

The program explores the themes presented in the current exhibit in the Daley Library Special Collections department, “Visualizing Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  Pictorial Interpretations of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

The panel discussion is co-sponsored by UIC’s African American Studies department, African American Cultural Center, the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks, and Institute for the Humanities.

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

In honor of our one-year anniversary of the Purple Shirt Award, here’s our first post, which debuted on our tumblr in January of 2014!

We’ve started asking Special Collections staff to bring their favorite items to share with everyone else at our departmental meetings and our inaugural competition was last week!  The newly dubbed Purple Shirt Award comes with bragging rights and an automaton made by our new department head, Sonia Yaco! Here’s the winning item and the award:

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We had some great suggestions, but Dan Harper won the day with an (intentionally) hilarious set of memos and letters from the Forest Preserve of Cook County about their new bathroom designs in the 1940s. Most of the correspondence is between Roberts Mann, FPDCC Superintendent of Maintenance, and Dorothy Waugh, of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.  The last two letters are between Mann and a FPDCC patron dissatisfied with the toilet design (a must read). We’ve got photographs of some of the initial letters between Mann and Waugh and also the initial letter from the dissatisfied Forest Preserve patron.

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Other entries this time include a draft of a New Year’s greeting card from the Ralph Creasman collection and three WPA murals from the University Archives painted by Ethel Spears called “Winter Sleigh Ride.” The latter were on display in the girls’ ward of the University of Illinois Orthopedic Institute. Due to preservation issues, the murals are not currently publicly accessible.

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Citations for the above collections:

FPDCC Toilet letters: “V. 8. The Fuction Foiler, Roberts Mann, 29 pp., 1935 through 1945,” 1935, 1945.  Forest Preserve District of Cook County records, Series III, Subseries I, box iii-2, folder iii-2-20.

Creasman New Year’s card: Ralph Creasman Design Papers, Series I, Subseries VI, Box 4, folder 106.

WPA Murals: Spears, Ethel. “Winter Sleigh Ride.” University Archives. No current accession number, but check out more information on Spears as a muralist!

Learn to use web content legally during Fair Use Week

Fair Use Week, observed February 23 – 27 in 2015, is an annual celebration of the doctrine of fair use and the important role this limitation on copyright plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights:  to promote the progress of science and the useful arts.

The Library, University Legal Counsel, and UIC Digital Communications are sponsoring a discussion on “Copyright, the Internet, and You” on Thursday, February 26, 2015, noon to 1 p.m., in the Daley Library, room 1-470.  Michael Harte, University Legal Counsel, Pia Hunter and Sandy DeGroote, University Library, will discuss best practices for using copyrighted text, images, and media.

If you cannot attend in person, you can attend via Blackboard Collaborate. The session will be recorded and archived.  N.B. All new Collaborate users on Windows or Mac need to install the Blackboard Launcher before you can enter a session.

ACRL presents a free webinar “Celebrating Fair Use Week: Does Fair Use Really Work?” on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 1 – 2 p.m., featuring  Kevin Smith, Director, Copyright and Scholarly Communication, Duke University Libraries.  See details on the ACRL Insider Blog.

Additional Fair Use Week events are described on the ARL website

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.

We only had one submission for January, but it’s one of our favorite topics – World’s Fairs! This is a photograph of a Liberty Bell made out of fruit. The photograph appears in Portfolio of Photographs of the World’s Fair No. 8. You can see more, too – all of them have been digitized by the Illinois Digital Archives. The Internet Archive also has several completely digitized documents if you’d like to research more about the World’s Columbian Exposition.

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(From the World’s Columbian Exposition collection, Box 4, Folder 48)