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February Dinner

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Union League Club

Jim Akerman

“Mapping the Margins: Cartographic Travel Ephemera and Annotations in a New Light”

Book and print historians have studied marginalia and ephemera for centuries, but these subjects have largely been ignored by map historians, librarians, and curators. The modern notion of the map as a product of geographical science has marginalized cheaper and popular forms of mapmaking more concerned with didactic and persuasive ends than with accuracy. A shift toward the social history of mapping encourages a broader understanding of what a map is and of how people have used maps in their daily lives. In documenting the history of travel, ephemeral maps and annotated maps can hardly be ignored. Drawing on examples of 19th and 20th century American travel ephemera, maps, and guidebooks from the Newberry Library and his own collections, Newberry Library map curator Jim Akerman will discuss some insights into map use, the history of travel, and national and local identity that map ephemera and annotation provide, arguing that the twin phenomena are truly twins.

February dinner: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering, 5-6 pm. Program, 6 pm. Three-course dinner following the program. Program only is free and open to the public. Drinks, $7-$10. Dinner, $60. RESERVATIONS are required for either the program only or the program/ dinner combination. Reservations MUST be made no later than noon Monday, Februuary 13. CANCELLATIONS or no shows made after that time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255- 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

March Luncheon
March 10, 2017, Union League Club

Love being first to know? Attend and hear U of I’s Sarah Lindenbaum share her hot-off-the-press research into the life and library of Frances Wolfreston, a remarkable woman who amassed an intriguing library during the 17th century.

March Dinner

Wednesday, March 15, Union League Club

John Wilkin

“Beyond Caxton’s Printing Press: From the Short Title Catalogue to an Open Access High Fidelity Collection of Early English Books”

The early publishing history of Great Britain is the fertile ground upon which some of the most remarkable coordinated bibliographic work has flourished. Several individuals exhaustively catalogued and reproduced British literature from 1473-1700, producing a wonderful bibliography on microfilm and digital files. Wilkin will discuss the efforts of Wing, Pollard and Redgrave in creating the English Short Title Catalogue, the subsequent efforts creating the ESTC microfilm and Early English Books Online (EEBO) digital projects, and the Text Creation Partnership, a worldwide consortium of libraries creating a searchable full EEBO text. Wilkin will also briefly discuss the deficiencies of the current online images and ways access can continue to be improved.

John Wilkin is the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously he served as executive director of the HathiTrust and Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Technology at the University of Michigan.

March Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering, 5-6 pm; Program, 6 pm; Dinner immediately to follow. Drinks, $7-$10. Dinner, $60. Program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON Monday, March 13. Dinner cancellations and no shows made after that time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.


As is our custom, there will be no luncheon in April. Watch for information about the May and June luncheon programs.

April Dinner
April 19, 2017, Union League Club

Richard P. Minsky, founder of the Center for the Book Arts, New York City, on American Decorated Publishers’ Bindings.

May Dinner
May 17, 2017, Union League Club

Speaker to be announced

June Dinner
June 21, 2017, Union League Club

Anna Chen, curator of rare books and manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and chair, Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Planning Committee, on Gwendolyn Brooks: A Year of Celebration.