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  • 08/20/2020 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    As early as 1897 the club extended women an invitation to attend events, but these invitations were rare.

    The inclusion of women into the club was slow, and early events spotlighting women involved the Morton Arboretum. In 1958 Mrs. Raymond Watts addressed the club at the Arboretum on “What So Lovely as a Tree?” In 1967 Suzette Morton Zurcher, an accomplished book designer, hosted Caxtonians for a luncheon in her home followed by a presentation at the Arboretum’s Sterling Morton Library.

    On May 2, 1973, Sue Allen became the first woman to address the club at a regular dinner meeting. Sue’s presentation on “Victorian Bindings,” a subject on which she was a well-recognized expert, raised the question “If women can be speakers, can they not be members?”

    In 1974 the club took up the issue of women’s membership. After a year of study, the council voted ten to five in favor of admitting women. But such a radical step required the approval of the full membership which voted 142 in favor, 30 opposed, and 4 undecided. (See the March, 2020 Caxtonian for more information.) The vote being taken and the by-laws amended, on January 12, 1976, the club elected to resident membership Mary Beth Beal, Suzette Morton Davidson, Frances Hammill, Karen A. Skubish, and Mary Lynn McCree. Of these original five, three are now deceased and Mary Beth Beal and Mary Lynn McCree remain active members of the Club.

    Since those early days, the club has elected four women presidents. Two of the four were from the group first inducted.

    Women have made and continue to make important contributions to our club. The April, 2017 Caxtonian guest edited by Susan Hanes with all women contributors, highlights those contributions.

  • 07/29/2020 8:37 AM | Anonymous

    The Caxton Club Gants Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s grant for bibliography will be awarded in collaboration with the Bibliographical Society of America. For full details to apply, please check out their website at and connect to the Awards/Fellowships section.

    The Caxton Club Fellowship for Midwestern Bibliographers ($2,500) supports bibliographical research that focuses on the physical aspects of books or manuscripts as historical evidence.  Books and manuscripts in any field and of any period are eligible for consideration.  Projects may include studying the history of book or manuscript production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading.  Projects to establish a text are also eligible.  Studies of enumerative bibliographies and enumerative bibliographers are also eligible as long as they meet the requirements described above.  This fellowship award includes a lifetime waiver of Caxton Club’s initiation fee and a one-year membership to the club.  Applicants must live in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. 

  • 07/20/2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    To learn more about zines, read the cover story of the February 2013 Caxtonian

  • 06/18/2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    The Caxton Club will soon be embarking on the launch of a digital Caxton Club Members Collect Exhibit. As a companion to this project we are sharing a tour of the collection of Caxton member Rhoda H. Clark. We attach the details on Rhoda from the catalog of an upcoming Hindman auction and an entire tribute from Celia Hilliard concerning Rhoda in April 2017 Caxtonian. The first 77 lots of the Hindman auction represent a portion of Rhoda’s collection.

  • 06/05/2020 8:37 AM | Anonymous

    From the headlines of the Wall Street Journal this story hails the digitizing project for dime novels at Northern Illinois University by Matthew Short and his colleagues. Our club brought you the story first with Matthew’s luncheon presentation in May 2019. To find out more, see Matthew’s luncheon presentation online in our website’s Past Program Videos and read Matthew’s articles in the November and December 2019 issues of the Caxtonian.

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