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.

Sarah M. Pritchard, President....... Lou Pitschmann, Vice-President...... Leslie J. Winter, Secretary....... Jeffrey Jahns, Treasurer.......
GRANTS: 2019–20 grant recipients: Meha Rey, Yann Trividic, Sara Jensen, Kathie DeLamater, and Annabel Pinkney.
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 run from September through June with a second Friday daytime program at Noon CT and a third Wednesday evening program at 6:30 PM CT. Please see detailed descriptions for available programs.

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.

Only registrants who miss a program or wish to view it again will be given the opportunity to request a link to a recording of the program.

    • 03/08/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 3/8/2024 12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Preregistration required via website.

    March Daytime Program

    Lieutenant Lorenzo Lorain is remembered in part by some historians as the first officer from Oregon to be wounded in the Civil War. But we’ll be learning about another, unique first. Lorain undertook to photograph Native peoples who lived along the Oregon coast. The images he made between 1857 and 1861 provide a remarkable record of Coos, Lowe, Umpqua, Siuslaw, Modoc, and Klamath individuals — a record that helps bring vital history to life.

    Photographic collections are carefully nurtured in libraries, museums, and historical societies. Our speaker, Megan Friedel, will reach behind the exhibit glass we usually have to peer through to show and tell a remarkable tale.

    Friedel serves as Head of Collections Management and Stewardship for Rare & Distinctive Collections at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is also an Assistant Professor and oversees the library’s archival collections. She will be drawing on her research into the photographic history of the 19th Century of the American West.

    She was graduated from Amherst College and earned dual degrees at Simmons College, taking an MA in history and an MLIS.

    No need to get on a plane to leave the plains and journey west. Book your reservation today!

    Zoom presentation is free and open to all.

    Zoom begins at 12:00PM CT/1:00 PM ET. Preregistration required via website.

    • 03/20/2024
    • 5:30 PM
    • 3/20/2024 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Preregistration required via website. ULCC live attendance: free program and opt. buffet dinner for $45. Registration and payment required by 3/15. Live attendance limited to 24.

    March Evening Program

    Hannah Batsel

    “A Library of Images: An Artist and Illustrator’s Handbibliothek.”

    While the subject matter of Hannah’s collection varies widely, every volume serves the same purpose: a reference tool to lend detail and verisimilitudes to the books she creates. In addition to books about art and illustration, her collection includes books on the niche subject matter that her projects require: late-nineteenth-century boys’ adventure stories, publisher bindings, books about illuminated manuscripts, and occult grimoires. Her collection explains why she has often said, “All of my best ideas are in other peoples’ books.”

    Hannah is a book artist, writer, and illustrator based in Chicago. Click here to learn more.

    Leslie Winter

    “Solutions to Accumulating: Mental Collecting.”

    Leslie Winter’s presentation is based on the premise that Millennials will experience lower rates of homeownership and change residences far more frequently than previous generations. Assuming that such predictions are correct, she outlines a method of book collecting that combines limited and strategic physical acquisition with a creative “wishful thinking” practice which she calls “mental collecting.”

    What she describes may indeed predict far more typical collecting habits of future Caxtonians than the Club’s founding members could ever have imagined when they first gathered in the winter of 1895.

    Leslie is an Associate Specialist in Books and Manuscripts at Freeman’s | Hindman in Chicago. Click here to learn more.

    Two Attendance Options

    Zoom begins at 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET.

    Preregistration required via website. Zoom presentation is free and open to all.

    Free live attendance and optional buffet dinner for $45

    In-person at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd.

    Social period: 5:30–6:30 PM CT. Full beverage service available (cost additional). Presentation 6:30. Optional buffet dinner to follow, $45.

    Valet Parking: $35

    Attendance at this event is limited to 24 people. The event will close when it reaches capacity but no later than March 15.

    Registration required NO EXCEPTIONS.

    Remember to bring your Caxton badge.

    Transportation to the Union League Club at 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

    The Union League Club is easily accessible through many public transportation methods. Additionally, the following options are available for those who wish to travel by cab or car.

    The Union League Club front desk offers a connection to cab service through Curb. The desk will call cabs for members and all guests while allowing riders to remain inside until the cab arrives. No curb side wait. Cabs will accept all payment forms, following the payment procedures you experience with a street-hailed cab.

    If you are traveling by car, the Union League Club offers valet parking for Caxton events at $35.00. You must register and prepay in advance through the Caxton Club. Valet parking options will now be included as an option with all event registrations.

    Spot Hero is an independent parking option, generally offering spots at the 318 S. Federal Street garage adjacent to the Union League Club. You may reserve and pay for a guaranteed parking spot through the Spot Hero app or website (



  • 03/20/2024 5:30 PM
    3/20/2024 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Preregistration required via website. ULCC live attendance: free program and opt. buffet dinner for $45. Registration and payment required by 3/15. Live attendance limited to 24.


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