In the 1890s when Chicago was a growing metropolis, 11 local bibliophiles and community leaders banded together with a shared love of books and wanted to formalize their interests.
The Caxton Club was born at a meeting of these Chicago 11, on January 26, 1895, at the University Club in Chicago. The Club's chosen name honors William Caxton, the first English printer. The design for the Club's logotype, by Edmund H. Garrett, was a modification of Caxton's own printer's mark.
Membership in the Caxton Club assures a professional and diverse group; there are accountants, authors, bankers, scholars, editors, doctors, librarians, members of the clergy, and many more. Sponsorship from one member and a second nomination from another member is required for membership. Initiation fee is $100 before final approval of membership. Annual dues are $170 for resident members and $85 for non-resident living more than 50 miles from Chicago.
Monthly meetings of the Caxton Club include dinner meetings with guest speakers; in 1990 the Friday monthly noon luncheons were regularized, providing a smaller venue and a more intimate forum for discussion. Most speakers are Club members. In addition, occassionally the Club arranges trips to meet other collectors and to view collections outside Chicago.
Address inquiries to:
The Caxton Club
Dan (Skip) Landt