It was 1925. Great Gatsby had just hit the bookstores. In Urbana at the University of Illinois, an artist was designing a series of stained glass windows for the main reading room of the new library. The theme for the windows? The devices of early printers -- a motif that sparked a lively argument ... pitting the designer, library director, architect, an University administration against each other. Who won? How did printers' devices come to be used as decorations in American libraries? What do they look like? How many windows were installed ... and how many wound up being misplaced?
You'll learn those answers and more as Caxtonian Tad Boehmer, Special Collections Catalog Librarian at Michigan State, shines a light through a window!
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