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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 ( Please direct reference questions to one of the venues mentioned on our website to maintain privacy.
Aug 22 '14

Liebig’s Beef Extract “Edible Funghi” German issue, 1900


Liebig’s Beef Extract “Edible Funghi” German issue, 1900

(Source: lost-in-centuries-long-gone)

Aug 22 '14

Misc Victorian Cards & Scrap 063


Misc Victorian Cards & Scrap 063

Aug 21 '14


Hau`oli la ho`omana`o,* Hawaii! Today, August 21, marks the 55th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood. In 1959, President Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. [source]

All images courtesy the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. They are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license [view]:

  1. [“The Hawaiian Islands”], 1941.
  2. [Atlas of Oblique Maps…section title page, Hawaii and South Pacific], 1988.
  3. [The Dole Map of the Hawaiian Islands], 1937.

*That’s “Happy Anniversary” in Hawaiian. In case you were wondering, it’s pronounced how-oh-lay la ho-o-ma-na-o. [source]

Aug 21 '14




We wanted to share this charming label found in many of our books for #TBT.  It dates to a time when the library was known as the Public Library of the City of Detroit (before 1865).. We love the wording, but love the five cent fine for grease spots even more.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Wow, they were pretty hard core about fines - 5 cents for dog-earring a page!


Aug 21 '14


Yesterday, our National Museum of American History added more items to its LGBTQ History collection. The items are not on view yet, but you can see many of them online now

LGBTQ History is an important part of the American experience and the Smithsonian is committed to making sure these stories are told. In a blog post, a curator reflects on collecting and interpreting LGBTQ material culture.

Another resource for those research LGBTQ history - a request we get fairly often!

Aug 20 '14




I’m a little scared though. I’m just a girl from the state of Maine who’s never stepped foot in Chicago. If anyone is going to be at UIC next year, either as a Freshman or upperclassman, I’m kinda nice, like tea and photography and think we should be friend. :)


Make sure to stop by the library! We’ll have an information desk set up the first two weeks of classes, but you’re welcome to stop by any time and ask questions! Also make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop about hours and services.

(Source: purrfectlyinsanegirl)

Aug 20 '14
Aug 15 '14
Aug 15 '14


Cookery Book by Penelope Pemberton from 1716.  Szathmary Culinary Collection:  Msc 533 : En8

Whip sillibubs
Take a quart of crame 2 whits of eggs a gill of comon milk put to it sack & suger to yr tast yn ye iuse of a lemon stir ym together with ye whisk & beaten ym up a litle to beat ye eggs yu ceep whiskin bacward & forward & as ye rase a prity quantety take it of whip Lay it one a sive botom so do tel yu have anoufe put sack wite wine clarit or maid wins & sweeten it into ye blasses & Lay ye whip one ym up hapt when ye are rady to goe to ye table

Whip Sillibubs or Lemon posits
Take a quart of ye best crame put to it halfe a pint of white wine ye iuse of a lemon sweeten it to yr tast put it in a panshon & beat it with a whisker tel yu see it begin to brake yn power it into glasses & set ym in cold water or 4 or 5 or 6 ours before yu use ym & by yt time thare will be a prity sort of drink at ye botom yu may Lay whip one ye top hapt up a litle lemon pill in if whip

View this book online in the Iowa Digital Library.

Aug 15 '14



Because everything is better with butter. Even books.

Here, have some butter with your book!

Tender is the Butter we can’t even.