The Caxton Club brings together archivists, authors, binders, book artists, booksellers, collectors, conservators, designers, editors, librarians, printers, publishers, scholars, and others. Members from these diverse backgrounds form a community that shares a love of printed, handwritten, and digital books and related textual objects, such as pamphlets, broadsides, maps, and ephemera. The club provides a forum to learn about the arts, history, and technologies of these materials, as well as a space to share the joys of appreciating and collecting them.

GRANTS: 2019–20 grant recipients: Meha Rey, Yann Trividic, Sara Jensen, Kathie DeLamater, and Annabel Pinkney.
PUBLICATIONS: The club has published 153 formal publications and other printed pieces in its 125+ years.
CHICAGO 101 AUTHORS: Each of the 101 titles is the focus of an essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile.
MELLON FELLOWS: Each year the club provides copies of Other People’s Books to Mellon Fellows at Rare Book School.

Caxton Members: Submit your item to our online exhibit, Caxtonians’ Collections.
Exhibit is open to all.


Caxton Club programs will resume in September with a second Friday daytime program at Noon CT. All daytime Caxton Club events will be virtual. Third Wednesday evening programs begin at 6:30 PM CT and will either be virtual-only (Zoom) events or in-person events with virtual (Zoom) access. Live program activity times may differ, so please check times listed for each event.

Virtual programs will consist of quality Zoom presentations with real-time Q&A features immediately following. All programs — virtual or in-person — require advance registration on the club’s website. This allows Zoom instructions to be sent before programs, and for planning for in-person programs where space is limited. As usual, we will record all programs and make them available for viewing in the Past Programs section of our website’s Members Only section.

    • 12/06/2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • 12/06/2022 5:15 PM In-person program at ULCC, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago. Advance registration required via website by 5:00 PM CT, 12/02

    December Evening Program

    Cosponsored by the Caxton Club and the Chicago Art Deco Society

    A central aspect of the culture and lifestyle of the 1920s and 30s was the creation and consumption of food. You could exist in an Art Deco world where everything from the soup to the nuts was inflected with this style. As a pervasive style, Deco shaped a total environment and food and drink were an integral part of this. The lecture will feature many aspects of these manifestions.

    Dr. Teri J. Edelstein, curator and museum consultant, is principal of Teri J. Edelstein Associates, Museum Strategies. She served as Deputy Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and previously as director of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She has taught at several universities. Her numerous publications include many articles and exhibition catalogues as well as the books Perspectives on Berthe Morisot and Art for All: British Posters for Transport. She contributed a major essay to Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. Most recently, she curated Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground for The Art Institute of Chicago.

    Register today for this program.

    The presentation is in-person only. Social hour 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM. Bar accepts cash or credit cards. Presentation to follow.

    Cost of $55 includes heavy appetizers and a surprise to end the evening.

    • 12/09/2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • 12/09/2022 Noon CT/1:00 PM ET

    December Midday Program

    There’s an exhibit on at Stanford about The Handmade Book. Its location speaks volumes about benefactors who have helped to build the library. The exhibit is in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Cecil H. Green Library, Bing Wing. (Even if you knew the way, could you resist asking just everyone for directions to the Bing Wing?) 

    It is easy to take for granted that an institution like Stanford would have very special special collections. But it wasn’t alway so. So how does a special collections library get started at a university that housed only about 3,000 books when it opened in 1885?

    Dr. Benjamin Albritton, Rare Books Curator and Bibliographer for Classics at Stanford will spin the remarkable tale that may even include a mention of the silent movie classic The Great Train Robbery. He holds degrees from universities on both coasts and from two countries:  Yale, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Washington. A kind man, Albritton promises not to mention Palo Alto’s temperature as we gather in December.  

    We’re used to hearing about the wonderful treasures housed in special collections at famous libraries. But how does a library fill those shelves? Register today and prepare to settle into your favorite Zoom Room or even join us at the Union League Club for the intriguing answer! 


    In person

    Holiday buffet lunch and live attendance – $65.00
    Zoom program on 8th floor, Steel Room, Union League Club. Presentation begins promptly at Noon. A festive holiday buffet, complete with dessert and a toast, follows immediately in the Lincoln Ballroom. 
    Reservations required by noon December 6. Seating is limited to 24.


    Via Zoom Program (only)

    Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Zoom attendees will have an opportunity to participate in Q&A. Registration for attendance via Zoom is required.

    • 12/14/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 12/14/2022 5:30–7:30 PM In-person at ULCC, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago. Advance registration required via website by 5:00 PM CT, 12/08

    Join us for an evening of socializing and celebrating the holiday season with fellow Caxtonians and their guests.

    *You must bring either a cookbook, an apron, or a swizzle stick as the price of admission. The items will encourage conversations with friends old and new. If you don’t bring one of these items, you’ll be fined $27 in honor of our 127th year. (We’ll forgive the first $100.)

    Heavy appetizers. Bar will accept cash or credit card. There will be no presentation or auction, but surprises from the Caxton Club’s cupboard will be for sale. Registration is required via website by 5:00 PM CT, 12/08.


Midday Programs

Evening Programs

Other Events

Thornwillow Press Centennial Reading of James Joyce’s ULYSSES


Read the current CAXTONIAN

Read the current FABS Jounal

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