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

    • 09/21/2021
    • 5:30 PM
    • 9/21/21 | 5:30 PM CT Live Program at ULCC Library 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604. Advance registration required via website.

    Five unidentified Union League Boys Club One members circa 1920

    Scenes from Union League Boys Clubs, Miklos Gaspar, 1935

    John Blew, a long time ULCC and Caxton Club member, will discuss his deep dive into the history of the murals in Room 816/The Boys Club Room and their connection to the formative years of what was then known as the Union League Foundation for Boys Clubs. Join us for this fascinating discussion as John weaves his research into muralist Miklos Gaspar with the origins of the Boys Club organization and facilities. A highlight of his presentation will be a comprehensive set of color photographs of the murals commissioned by John.

    John Blew was born and raised in Chicago. He attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1962 with a major in economics, and then went on to Harvard Law School, graduating in 1966. Blew practiced corporate and securities law in Chicago for 42 years with Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP, and then for three years with its successor firm, K & L Gates LLP. He retired from law in 2011. Blew is a member of the Caxton Club and the Union League Club of Chicago, a member and former director of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and a former member of the Visiting Committee to the University of Chicago Library.

    This event will start with a reception at 5:30 PM. The program will begin at 6:00 PM followed by Q & A. The price is $24 per person. A cash bar will be available. Advance reservations is mandatory, and prepayment is required by September 17. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

    Note: All attendees must wear face masks.

    • 09/28/2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • 9/28/2021 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET Via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.

    September Evening Program

    Co-sponsored with Chicago Collections Consortium


    Tempestt Hazel

    Join us as curator and co-founder Tempestt Hazel discusses the mission, holdings and projects of Sixty Inches From Center. Sixty Inches documents the stories of Chicago artists, cultural workers, architects, organizers, memory workers, and writers of the LBTQ+, femme, BIPOC, diasporic, and disabled communities. Their work focuses on engaging with those communities whose art and work exists outside the city’s mainstream cultural institutions.

    Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, and co-founder/co-director of Sixty Inches From Center, and also currently directs the arts and culture grantmaking at The Field Foundation. Through her work at Sixty Inches From Center, Field Foundation, and several other cultural organizations and initiatives across Chicago and the Midwest, Tempestt has worked alongside artists, organizers, grantmakers, and cultural workers to explore solidarity economies, cooperative models, and values-based practices that are embedded at all levels of an organization.

    Zoom presentation with real-time Q&A immediately following is free and open to all. Registration is required.

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