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Default Placeholder Photo The Biblical Text: Modern Typography and the Presentation of the Sacred Word
Standards of printing generally declined in the centuries following the Gutenberg, as the task of producing books fell from a scholarly profession to a craft and then a trade. Biblical texts offer an ideal arena in which to follow this central debate among modern fine printers.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — May 1, 1989
Subjects
Special Collections
bibliothecae_richard_mckeon.jpg Bibliothecae: A Selection from the Library of Richard P. McKeon
This exhibit presents the remarkable personal library of Richard P. McKeon, Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Committee on Disciplines of the Humanities, Committee on General Studies in the Humanities, Committee on Analysis of Ideas and Study of Methods, Department of Classical Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Philosophy, the University of Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Sept. 1, 1982
Subjects
Special Collections
bloch's_fische_berlin_collection.jpg Bloch's Fische
Marcus Eliser Bloch's Allgemine Naturgeschichte der Fische(1782-1795) is one of the most impressive early attempts to represent fish from all over the world accurately and handsomely. This exhibit is drawn from the Library's collection of plates from Bloch's work, which numbers 219 plates.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 1, 1980
Subjects
Special Collections
The Book Made Art The Book Made Art: A Selection of Contemporary Artists' Books
The books in the exhibition challenge traditional notions of the codex form through the use of electricity, the continuous film-strip, embroidery, glass, ceramic, and various other media.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — May 1, 1986
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Bound to Vary: Billy Budd, Sailor
This traveling exhibit, mounted by the Guild of Book Workers, showcases the work of seventeen Guild members. Each item is a uniquely bound copy of the same limited edition of Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Sailor, hand printed at Married Mettle Press, Papermill, and Bindery.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — June 1, 1988
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Cabinet of Curiosities
This exhibit brings together a selection of the objects-from art to odd memorabilia-drawn from the Library's rare book, manuscript, and archival collections. The exhibit includes Roman coins and Confederate currency, swords and surgical tools, miniature portraits and academic medals, and several locks of hair.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — March 31, 1984
Subjects
Special Collections
Notable Books and Manuscripts Exhibit A Catalogue to an Exhibition of Notable Books and Manuscripts from the Collections of the University of Chicago Library Prepared for the Dedication of the Joseph Regenstein Library
This exhibition showcases 109 highlights from the the Department of Special Collections on the occasion of the dedication of the Regenstein Library.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1970
Subjects
University of Chicago Library
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Celebrating our Friends: Recent Gifts to the Special Collections Research Center
Recent gifts to the Special Collections Research Center are featured in this exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its founding.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Feb. 29, 2004
Subjects
Special Collections
Elective Affinities: Private Collectors and Special Collections in Libraries Elective Affinities: Private Collectors and Special Collections in Libraries
Elective Affinities: Private Collectors and Special Collections in Libraries
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 2001
Subjects
Special Collections
University of Chicago Library
Eugene Field and his Books Eugene Field and His Books
The exhibition, which includes manuscripts, correspondence, limited editions and other materials from the private collection of Frank J. Piehl (Ph.D., 1952) and the holdings of the University of Chicago Library, focuses on Eugene Field (1950-1895) as author, collector and promoter of books and the book arts.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Dec. 1 — March 1, 1995
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Fine Printers Finely Bound
From a fine traditional binding to one emphasizing expression and creativity with materials, each book represents an individual perspective on bookmaking. The 15th Anniversary Exhibition of Chicago Hand Bookbinders exemplifies the successful marriage of the distinctive crafts of fine printing and hand-bookbinding.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — Feb. 28, 1994
Subjects
Special Collections
History of Print
David in Prayer from a French Book of Hours French and Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts from Chicago Collections: An Exhibition in Honor of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Mediaeval Academy of America
Manuscripts from the Newberry Library, the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and private collections were displayed at the Newberry Library in conjunction with the Medieval Society of America.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — May 31, 1969
Subjects
French Literature
Special Collections
helen_ruth_regenstein_recent.jpg The Helen and Ruth Regenstein Collection of Rare Books: Recent Additions
To mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Mrs. Helen Regenstein and to chart the growth of the collection of rare books that her generosity and vision made possible, the department of Special Collections presents this exhibit representing acquisitions to the collection since her death.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 1, 1988
Subjects
Literature
Special Collections
Historical Documents from Northern Italy Historical Documents from Northern Italy: The Rosenthal Collection
This exhibit focuses on the Rosenthal Collection of North Italian Documents, which comprises nearly 2,500 Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, most of them notarial instruments from Veneto, and originally part of the famous collection of Sir Thomas Phillips (1792-1872).
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — April 1, 1984
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo In Support of Many Interests: Recent Friedberg Fund Acquisitions
The exhibit celebrates and demonstrates how this unrestricted contributions of Dr. Stanton and Mrs. Martha Fridberg support a broad range of the Library's interests and research collections, including: medical history, children's literature, religious and political tracts, and architectural history.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — March 1, 1986
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Member's Choice 1978
Member's Choice 1978
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1978
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Members' Choice: Books from the Collections of Library Society Members
This exhibit reflects the variety of literary interests and the diversity of the membership of the University of Chicago Library Society, demonstrated in both the books chosen and in the contributors' comments accompanying each book.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Nov. 1, 1982
Subjects
Special Collections
New Testament Manuscript New Testament Manuscript Traditions: An Exhibition Based on the Edgar J. Goodspeed Collection of the University of Chicago Library
This exhibition features some of the most venerable religious and cultural treasures of the University of Chicago Library, including Gospels, lectionaries, canon tables, and manuscripts of the Apocalypse in Greek, Latin, Armenian, Syriac, and Geez.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — March 31, 1973
Subjects
Special Collections
Religion
One Hundred Books Exhibit One Hundred Books and Manuscripts Recently Acquired by the University of Chicago Library
Selections from acquisitions over the previous two years illustrate the diversity and richness of growth in the University of Chicago Library's collection.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — July 1, 1975
Subjects
Special Collections
Picturing Britain Picturing Britain: Time and Place in Image and Text
This exhibition focuses on the production and practice of a British "identity," evidenced through the contemporary book culture.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — June 1, 1993
Subjects
Special Collections
Printer's Craft The Printer's Craft: An Exhibition Selected from the R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Collection
This exhibit celebrates the acquisition of the R.R. Donnelley & Sons Collection with a representative sample of books and printer's tools illustrating both the intricacy of the printer's craft, and the close relationship between industrial training, the continuing development of printing as a craft and trade, and Chicago itself.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Sept. 1, 1982
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo The R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company Book Fund: Recent Acquisitions
The R. R. Donnelley exhibit recognizes recent purchases made from a fund established from the sale of volumes from the Donnelley Company training library. This alcoves exhibition includes thirty books exemplifying fine printing, binding, and book design.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — May 1, 1991
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Recent Acquisitions 1977
Highlights of some of the notable gifts and manuscripts the Library acquired during the 1976 and 1977 through both purchase and gift.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1977
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Recent Acquisitions 1978
Highlights of some of the notable gifts and manuscripts the Library acquired during the 1977 and 1978 through both purchase and gift.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1978
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Recent Acquisitions 1979
Highlights of some of the notable gifts and manuscripts the Library acquired during the 1978 and 1979 through both purchase and gift.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1979
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Recent Acquisitions 1981
This exhibition is an occasion to show some of the notable gifts and manuscripts the Library acquired during the 1980 and 1981 through both purchase and gift. The selection is drawn from all areas of the collection ranging from recently purchased monographs to exceptionally rare and unique manuscripts and photographs.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
July 1 — Oct. 1, 1981
Subjects
Special Collections
Research at the Center Exhibit Research at the Center: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Special Collections
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1953 founding of Special Collections, "Research at the Center" presents a portrait of the way we work now to preserve and provide broadened access to primary sources across a range of disciplines and formats.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Jan. 31, 2004
Subjects
Special Collections
Souvenirs thumbnail Souvenirs! Get Your Souvenirs!
Souvenirs can come in all shapes and sizes; they can be simple or complex, tasteful or tacky. This exhibition presents various souvenirs created for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition, and the City of Chicago. It draws on collections throughout the Special Collections Research Center, catalyzed by the Ian Mueller Collection of Chicago Memorabilia.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
July 22 — Oct. 4, 2013
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Subjects
Special Collections
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Default Placeholder Photo Ten Years of Giving
In honor of the Library Society, this exhibit celebrates the tremendous generosity of the Library Society donors.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — June 1, 1985
Subjects
Special Collections
Texts and their Transformations Texts and their Transformations: Continuity and Change in the Classical Tradition
Via manuscripts, printed editions, commentaries, works of criticism, translations and illustrations, Greek and Roman texts have inspired and provoked readers for thousands of years. The exhibition Texts and their Transformations: Continuity and Change in the Classical Tradition, embraces all these media and reactions from antiquity to the present day.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Feb. 1, 1995
Subjects
Special Collections
Classics
Comparative Literature
Default Placeholder Photo To Benefit Knowledge: A Selection of Recent Additions to the University Library
This exhibit celebrates the beginning of the 1988/89 academic year with display of major recent additions to the Library collections.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Jan. 1, 1989
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Treasures of a Kind: The Shaping of the Library's Collections
An exhibition of the University of Chicago treasures, including more than fifty key books and manuscripts have been selected to highlight the many forces which have affected the growth and character of the Library, including such works as the first editions of Spencer's Faerie Queen and Lessing's Laokoon; letters of John Donne and T.S. Elliot; Blake's rendering of the Book of Job; and Matisse's Jazz.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Nov. 1, 1986
Subjects
Special Collections
Default Placeholder Photo Wrapped in Color: A Survey of Paste Paper Bookbindings
This exhibition, selected and written by Sem Sutter, traces the development of "paste papers", the colorful decorative papers produced by bookbinders and other artisans from the late sixteenth century to the present.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — June 1, 1994
Subjects
Special Collections