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Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events. Methods for sharing them are being explored.

2014 Symposium on the Book

Saturday, April 26th, in Madison, Wisconsin

Bibliography, Collections & the History of Science

May Luncheon

Friday, May 9, 2014, Union League Club

Tom Staley

“Remarkable Stories: Furthering the Collection at the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas”

Already recognized, the Harry Ransom Center became, under the recent 23 year Directorship of Staley, a behemoth in library scholarship circles, leading Frank M Turner, Director of Yale's Beinecke Library to recently state that "the Harry Ransom Center....has become one of the most distinguished institutions for scholarship...in the world". Under Staley the endowment rose from 1 million to 30 million. Current contents include: 42 million manuscript pages, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, 100 million works of art and major holdings in film and performing arts. Part of Staley's stories pertain to the 100 author archives' acquired including Nobel Laureates J.M.Coetzee and Doris Lessing, and authors Dilillo, Malamud, Mamet, Mailer, Stoppard, Osborne, more of Joyce and the acquisition of the Watergate tapes. A renowned raconteur, come and join Staley as he tells about the unique people he has met, the attics he has crawled through and the negotiations he has engaged in. Finally, Staley will introduce his friend, Malcolm O'Hagan, a retired Irish/American businessman who will speak briefly about his dream becoming reality: an American Writers Museum to be opening in Chicago in 2016!!!

May luncheon: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $30. For reservations email caxtonclub@newberry.org. Reservations required. RSVP by Monday, May 5.

Questions only: (630) 638-7438 or (773) 208-7155

May Dinner

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Union League Club

Paul Needham, Scheide Librarian at Princeton University

“The Gutenberg Bible: The Chicago Connections”

What did Eugene Field, the “Wynken Blinken and Nod” man, have to do with Gutenberg? Come hear that story and much more when Paul Needham reveals why two famous Gutenberg copies owned by Chicagoans did not stay in Chicago. James Ellsworth, The Caxton Club’s first president, brought Chicago its first Gutenberg Bible in 1891. George Poole bought a Gutenberg New Testament from Caxtonian David Randall. Needham will disclose the ties that did not bind these remarkable volumes to Chicago and led to their eventual homes at Princeton’s Scheide Library and Indiana’s Lilly Library respectively. Needham will also discuss Gutenberg texts which remain in Chicago.

May dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. Timing: spirits at 5:00, dinner at 6:00, program at 7:30. Dinner is $48, drinks are $5 to $9. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org. Please reserve by noon Friday for Wednesday dinner.

June Luncheon

We will conclude our spring luncheons with Martha Chiplis and fellow author Cathie Saunders talking about their book, For the Love of Letterpress. June 13 at the Union League Club.

June Dinner

John Neal Hoover, Director of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, will speak on June 18, with topic to be announced.