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.


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

Upcoming Caxton events

    • 11/09/2021
    • 5:30 PM
    • 11/9/2021 5:30 PM CT Live program at ULCC Library 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604. Advance registration required via website by 11/5/2021.

    November Evening Program

    Join us as the Union League Club of Chicago and the Caxton Club welcome Dan Gifford to spin his tale of the whaling bark Progress, a New Bedford, Massachusetts ship transformed into a whaling museum for Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition. Dan sourced ULCC archival materials to detail this fascinating story of how Progress was an effort organized and funded by leading citizens in the New Bedford whaling community and ULCC members in Chicago. Traversing waterways across North America, the whaleship enthralled crowds from Montreal to Racine, but her ultimate fate was to be a failed sideshow of marine curiosities and a metaphor for a dying industry out of step with Gilded Age America.  

    This event will start with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by Q & A. The price is $24 per person with a cash-only bar. Credit cards and debit cards will not be accepted. Reservations are required by November 5.

    Registering for this program will allow you the opportunity to pre-purchase copies of  The Last Voyage of the Whaling Bark Progress for $29. Books are available for pre-purchase only and may be signed by the author at the event. Those who pre-purchase books but do not attend the event will receive the book and a signed bookplate.

    The ULCC is following the Illinois and Chicago mask mandate: masks must be worn indoors unless actively eating and drinking. 

    • 11/12/2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • 11/12/2021 NOON CT/1:00 PM ET via Zoom. Note new time. Advance registration required via website.

    November Daytime Program

    Andrew Jewell

    She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for literature. Savaged by Ernest Hemingway. Associated with the Great Plains, though she lived most of her life in New York. Is often first encountered in high school English classes where students are introduced to My Antonia

    She was Willa Cather and she’ll come to life for us through the letters (nearly 3,000), writings, images, and more which are housed at the Willa Cather Archive at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Our guide will be the archive’s director, Andrew Jewell, who will draw on its unmatched resources to tell her story — often through her own words.

    "I am getting out from under now, and yesterday boldly went forth and had my hair washed with no ill effects.”

    Willa Cather

    April 1942

    Dr. Jewell also serves as a Co-Director of the university’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and is a professor in the university libraries. Much published, he co-edited The Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Knopf, 2013). 

    Why not go boldly forth and make your reservation today? 

Daytime Programs

Evening Programs


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