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Special Collections and Archives, UIC

The Special Collections blog of the University of Illinois at Chicago, discussing our three divisions (rare books, manuscripts, and university archives), as well as special collections news and events. Special Collections can be contacted via our webpage (http://library.uic.edu/special-collections). Please direct reference questions to one of the venues mentioned on our website to maintain privacy.
Jul 31 '14
Jul 31 '14

Just some reminders about the awesomeness of our former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. From the Hunt Unger collection, folder 23.

Jul 30 '14
chicagogeek:

17-year-old Ruzena M. Henzlik was employed as a typist with the Western Electric Company. She died July 24, 1915 during the Eastland Disaster. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was to become the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. Henzlik and many victims are found in Section 16 of Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago.

Last week was the 99th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster. We have some relevant historical material, but see the Wikipedia link above for a general overview of this horrifying accident.

chicagogeek:

17-year-old Ruzena M. Henzlik was employed as a typist with the Western Electric Company. She died July 24, 1915 during the Eastland Disaster. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was to become the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. Henzlik and many victims are found in Section 16 of Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago.

Last week was the 99th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster. We have some relevant historical material, but see the Wikipedia link above for a general overview of this horrifying accident.

Jul 30 '14

thisbelongsinamuseum:

Today is #MuseumCats Day…no joke. I don’t know about you but I am a cat lady myself so I’m excited museums are celebrating all things kitty cat. I have written quite a few posts about cat-related museums, like the Moscow Cat Museum, Amsterdam’s Katten Kabinet, the "guard cats" at the Hermitage Museum, and the cat and the rat who live in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral. And here’s an additional feline post with the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration (now known as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum). In the 1940s an exhibit was held about the history and art of cats. Its exhibit catalog (or cat-a-log for those who like puns), Nine Lives, is available in their collection of digitized books, and was even used as a reference in the Wikipedia article on the cultural depiction of cats. MEOW!

(Source: smithsonianlibraries)

Jul 30 '14

gotham-bookmart-project:

'Black Maria - Chicago Women Speak', Black Maria, River Forest, Illinois, 1971. Debut issue.

Too cool! We have the Jane Abortion papers, which are interviews from the Jane Abortion service, an arm of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, although the majority of the official papers are held at the Chicago History Museum. We highly recommend checking them out!

Jul 29 '14
calumet412:

Chicago native (and life long resident), Ziegfield Follies girl and Jack Dempsey’s mistress, Bee Palmer on the cover of her hit of 1919, I Want to Shimmie.

calumet412:

Chicago native (and life long resident), Ziegfield Follies girl and Jack Dempsey’s mistress, Bee Palmer on the cover of her hit of 1919, I Want to Shimmie.

Jul 28 '14
Jul 27 '14
archivistic:

libralthinking:

amnhnyc:

Knowledge about plants that can cure or harm has been prized, and feared, for hundreds of years. In this enchanted book, you’ll find out which poisons are produced by which plants, and flip the pages to reveal history and folklore. 
Read the Enchanted Book now, and come see The Power of Poison before it closes August 10!

What a badass GIF!

Saw this exhibit a few weeks ago - it was so good!

Whoa!

archivistic:

libralthinking:

amnhnyc:

Knowledge about plants that can cure or harm has been prized, and feared, for hundreds of years. In this enchanted book, you’ll find out which poisons are produced by which plants, and flip the pages to reveal history and folklore. 

Read the Enchanted Book now, and come see The Power of Poison before it closes August 10!

What a badass GIF!

Saw this exhibit a few weeks ago - it was so good!

Whoa!

Jul 26 '14

historical-nonfiction:

A vision of 2000, drawn by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists to be used on cigar boxes and postcards, for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. It’s actually kind of sad how little of this we have. Who wouldn’t want to travel by whale?

(Source: news.distractify.com)

Jul 26 '14
chicagotribune:

Have you explored our searchable archives yet? Because you should
It spans the years 1847-1991.
Type in your birthday! Or what happened 20 years ago today.

fun!

chicagotribune:

Have you explored our searchable archives yet? Because you should

It spans the years 1847-1991.

Type in your birthday! Or what happened 20 years ago today.

fun!