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  • Project Unica
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Project Unica is an initiative of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to produce high quality digital facsimiles of printed books that exist in only one copy. The concept of a "unicum" is difficult for the average library user to understand, since printed books, by their very nature, exist in more than one copy—that's the genius of Gutenberg's invention, after all. But fate and circumstance has sometime led to the destruction of every copy, save one, of a printed book. And the University of Illinois has quite a number of absolutely unique printed books. The aim of Project Unica is to digitize these supremely rare items and to provide a simple and efficient way of getting this valuable and unique information to scholars when and where they need it. The records of the books and the digital facsimiles are also available from institution's online catalog, Illinois Harvest, and OCLC.
  • Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani (1843-1913) was a public official, book collector, and recognized authority on the history of the Lombardy and Piedmont regions in northern Italy. His library contained tens of thousands of books on history, genealogy, biography, and law, including city statutes and organizational bylaws. The manuscripts in the collection especially reflect the study of local history and include charters, chronicles, investitures, leases, and other legal instruments relating to Italian cities, organizations, and families. All aspects of Italian history, from the Middle Ages to the first years of the twentieth century, are prominently represented in the Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection. Other topics which are heavily represented include art and architecture, church history and hagiography, engineering and fortification, military and religious orders, monasticism and religious life, Roman history and antiquities, and Italian academies and universities. Primarily in Italian, the collection also contains works in Latin, French, and German. Among the books in the collection are incunables, rare and early printed books, pamphlets, and ephemera. Many of the historical documents are unique and found in no other library worldwide. In addition, the Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection also contains several thousand maps, both printed and manuscript.
  • Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design is a valuable source of documentation on the history of theatre and is housed in The Rare Book and Manuscript Library. It is a rare collection of original materials on the theatre comprising over 5000 items from more than 150 productions in England and the United States. These materials include costume and set designs, sketches, notes, photographs, prop lists, storyboards, and swatches of fabric. The Motley Group consisted of Margaret Harris, her sister Sophia Harris, and Elizabeth Montgomery, who designed sets and costumes from 1932 to 1976 for plays by Shakespeare and modern classics, opera, ballet, and motion pictures. Their designs were used in productions in the West End of London, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the English National Opera, and in the United States on Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Their first work was for a 1932 production of Romeo and Juliet directed by John Gielgud. The Motley Group was highly innovative in designing sets and costumes that suggested the mood, architecture, and styles of the original setting of the play, but was not the rote duplication that had been done so many times before. They wanted to create an atmosphere that was artistic, in addition to having an air of authenticity. Motley set the standard for how Shakespearean productions should be staged. The Group's work diversified in 1940 when Margaret Harris and Elizabeth Montgomery went to New York to design a production for Laurence Olivier and had to remain there for the duration of World War II, while Sophia Harris worked in London. After the war Margaret Harris returned to London and Elizabeth Montgomery stayed in New York, where she designed the costumes for numerous Broadway musicals, as well as plays, ballets, and operas. After the members of the Motley Group had retired, Michael Mullin, a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, met Margaret Harris and expressed an interest in the University acquiring the over 40 years worth of designs that the group had accumulated. After long negotiations with Sotheby's, who had been contracted to auction the items, the University of Illinois finally reached an agreement in April, 1981, to purchase the entire collection. This ensured that a valuable resource on the history of 20th century theatre would be preserved intact for the benefit of future generations. For more information, visit the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
  • Digital Rare Book Collection
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The RBML Digital Rare Books Collection offers a comprehensive selection of titles from our distinctive collections. The collection features exemplars from our collections of medieval manuscripts, incunabula, renaissance, and other early imprints, as well as a great variety of subjects representing a good balance between the sciences and the humanities. These titles also showcase a wide variety of printing and binding technologies that are idiosyncratic to the history of the book.
  • Carl Sandburg Collection
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The more than 2,700 photographs in this collection are scanned from the Carl Sandburg Collection housed in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Spanning the years 1893-1987, these images are part of a collection that includes typescripts and galley proofs of many of Sandburg's works, his correspondence with literary and public figures, recordings and transcriptions of Sandburg's radio broadcasts, and a supporting book collection of approximately 5,000 volumes.
  • Amos Kennedy Collection
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Collection in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign contains artists’ books, postcards, and posters. Kennedy is a letterpress printer, papermaker, book artist, and teacher who currently lives and works in York, Alabama. He was the first artist in residence at The Coleman Center for Arts and Culture, an organization founded in 1985 to further the arts in York. Through his strong graphics and bold typography, Kennedy addresses passionately issues of race, freedom, and equality, often incorporating proverbs and tales of the Kuba and Yoruba people of Africa, as well as the work of African-American poets such as Paul Laurence Dunbar.
  • Gwendolyn Brooks Collection (Digital Surrogates)
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The literary archives of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) are part of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Ms. Brooks was an Illinois Poet Laureate as well as the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize. The collection is comprehensive and spans more than half a century. It includes Ms. Brooks’ youthful poetry and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, and extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers. The correspondence section alone has more than 100 boxes filled with letters, envelopes, and other items that were sent to and by Ms. Brooks. Also in the collection are manuscript drafts and proofs, especially material from after she left mainstream commercial publishing to produce her works with small presses and black-owned imprints. Providing more insight into the daily life of Ms. Brooks, the collection also contains a profusion of notes documenting her observations on current events and daily life, her personal library of books, and a plethora of scrapbooks and other photographs – many of them detailed with extensive notes about their subjects. Ms. Brooks’ papers preserve and illuminate her creative process, sometimes across decades. Ms. Brooks’ meticulous preservation of and commentary on all aspects of her life is, at heart, a deeply archival pursuit, beckoning us to uncover networks of support and influence, make connections among her many interests and activities, and, ultimately, come to a deeper understanding of the person and the poet. Collection photo by Roy Lewis.
  • RBML Rare Periodicals
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Rare serialized publication from RBML
  • Paléographie des classiques latins
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Émile Chatelain's Paléographie des classiques latins was produced in 14 fascicles between 1884 and 1900, and consists of more than 200 facsimiles of leaves from medieval manuscripts, with explanatory text. The leaves range in date from the fourth to the fifteenth century, and together demonstrate the range of scripts in which the main Latin classics were transmitted from antiquity to the modern world. More than thirty classical authors are represented in the collection, which has been an important paleographical reference work for more than a century. Collection size: approximately 305 items.
  • Translation with emendations of Opus galli anonymi by Sir Isaac Newton
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Newton's manuscript translation of an anonymous French work detailing the creation of the philosopher's stone. His inscription on front wrapper below title 'Opus galli anonymi' indicates that the procedures described in the text are similar to that of the French alchemical physician Pierre-Jean Fabre in his work L'abregé des secrets chymiques. No comparable source text is known, however. Newton's heavy emendations and corrections suggest that he was not merely transcribing, but extemporaneously creating an original translation from the French text, possibly with his own interpretations and elucidations.
  • Maps of Africa to 1900
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
  • Charles E. Mudie Papers, 1816-1897
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The Charles E. Mudie Digital Collection is comprised of correspondence, visual materials, and documents. This gathering of materials shed light on the management of Mudie’s Select Library, an innovative library that pioneered the concept of a circulating system operated by membership, as well as Mudie’s wide network of subscribers. The correspondence between Mudie, his family, and prominent 19th century literary English figures provides an ample view of the literary and publishing milieu during the Victorian era.
  • John Starr Stewart Ex Libris Collection
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The John Starr Stewart Ex Libris Collection comprises some 1500 plates, each mounted on an individual card. Each card has a specially designed printed form mounted on the verso upon which Mr. Stewart inserted notes about the owner, designer, or subject of the plate. Besides bookplates, the collection contains book stamps and spine labels, especially from institutional libraries. The collection was made between 1903 and 1906 and is rich in contemporary bookplates, many in the art nouveau style, although older plates are also included. While mid-Western and other American plates predominate, a substantial number of English and continental plates are present.
  • Collins Collection of Irish Political Cartoons
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    This is an online collection of political cartoons from the University of Illinois Library Collins collection of books, pamphlets, newspapers, maps and cartoons; it was purchased by the Library in 1917. The collection consists of cartoons drawn primarily from the Weekly Freeman and National Press and United Ireland newspapers. The cartoons address the subject of Irish politics of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and, in particular, Ireland's relationship with England. Collection size: approximately 75 cartoons.
  • Historical Maps Online
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The Historical Maps Online collection contains images of maps charting the last 400 years of historical development in Illinois and the Northwest Territory, including historic topographic maps of Illinois. The collection also contains early large-scale topographic quadrangles published by the United States Geological Survey in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Collection size: approximately 420 maps.
  • Hōrai no makimono scroll
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Digital surrogate for Hōrai no makimono., 1 scroll in case : illustrations, color
  • Collection of Marcel Proust papers, 1870-1950
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Papers of the French novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922) provide a look at the man and his times. Proust had a large and varied number of correspondents, and his letters include an important source of information about Parisian life and French culture at the turn of the century.
  • The Printer's Scrapbook
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    This collection consists of two scrapbooks of early Illinois imprints dating from the 1840s and 1850s. These scrapbooks were compiled as samples of job printing work done at the Alton Telegraph Office in southern Illinois. Materials include government and financial documents, event invitations and programs, product labels and advertising, and other printed ephemera. Approximately a hundred of the items were cited in Cecil K. Byrd's A bibliography of Illinois imprints, 1814-58 (University of Chicago Press, 1966), but these citations represent only a small fraction of the items preserved in the scrapbooks.
  • Conde de Montemar Letters
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The Conde de Montemar Letters are a unique collection of correspondence that belonged to the Spanish/Peruvian noble family Carrillo de Albornoz y Bravo de Lagunas, counts of Montemar. The Latin American and Caribbean Studies section of the International and Area Studies Library at Illinois is proud to offer unfettered access to this unique collection of eighteenth century letters, which provide a close and unfiltered look into the life and politics of the Limeño elite during the late colonial Spanish Empire. The letters’ topics include the intimate communication of familial matters, vice-royal politics, the relationship with the Church, urban life, and economic activity. In a time of integral changes and reforms at the core of Spanish imperial rule, the collection represents a useful source for scholars focusing on Andean political cultures, Spanish Imperial politics, Peruvian political and economic history, Peruvian-Spanish family history, gender, race, social hierarchy, religion, and other humanistic fields such as historical sociology, historical anthropology, and historical economy. The Conde de Montemar project is a product of multiple units at the University of Illinois Library. Many people have been involved in this project in one way or another. For more information on the work done to make these letters accessible, as well as the individuals and institutions who contributed to this work, please visit the official project website at: https://quest.library.illinois.edu/Conde-de-Montemar-Letters/
  • RBML Historical Games
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The RBML Historical Games collection provides an eclectic look into board and card games from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Primarily targeted towards high- and middle-class families, they were used as conversation pieces, friendly fun, and to instigate socially acceptable interactions between young men and women. However, these games were about much more than play. They instilled ideas about religion, morality, history, language and frequently underlined the proper ways to navigate and contribute to society. This collection features many games of chance, a nod to the structured but random happenings of life.
  • Portraits of Actors
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Portraits of Actors, 1720-1920, includes almost 3,500 pictures of actors — studio portraits and actors posing in costume for a particular role or performing a scene from a play. Dramatists, theatrical managers, singers and musicians are also included, but the majority are British and American actors who worked between about 1770 and 1893. Among the hundreds of actors included are: Sarah Siddons, Edmund Kean, John Philip Kemble, Edwin Booth, Edwin Forrest, William Henry West Betty, Charles Mathews, Dorothy Jordan, Frances Abington, and Ada Rehan. The images were digitized from etchings, engravings, lithographs, mezzotints, aquatints, wood engravings, photographs, and photomechanically-reproduced prints, all from the University of Illinois Theatrical Print Collection.
  • Digital Emblematica
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The Digital Emblematica collection highlights a fraction of the internationally renowned emblem book collection owned by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Published in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England, each digitized book can contain up to 1,500 emblems to peruse. These 17th and 18th Century creations typically link together three constitutive elements — a motto, an illustration or "pictura" in the form of a woodcut or engraving, and an explanatory poem or "subscriptio."
  • Frederick Hill Meserve Selected Photographs (Digitized Content)
    Illinois History and Lincoln Collections  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The digitized content of the Frederick Hill Meserve Selected Photographs consists of photographs of Abraham Lincoln, dating from 1846 to 1865, that were collected by Frederick Hill Meserve. The photographs were collected in an album that was prepared by Meserve and Carl Sandburg for the creation of "The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln," published in 1944. Frederick Hill Meserve was born in 1865 and was the son of William Neal Meserve, a Civil War veteran. Frederick Meserve began collecting Civil War era photographs in the 1890s to illustrate his father's war diary. He became a prominent collector and historian of photographs from the era, especially photographs of Abraham Lincoln. He worked alongside historian Carl Sandburg to publish "The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln" in 1944. Meserve died in 1962, and his extensive collection of original photographs, amassed with the help of his daughter, Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt, was purchased by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in 2015. The digitized content consists of over 100 photographs of Abraham Lincoln, dating from 1846 to shortly before Lincoln's death in 1865. The photographs are 20th century reproductions made from original daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and negatives, which were collected in an album to prepare for the creation of "The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln." The bulk of the photographs depict Lincoln during the years of his presidential campaign and the subsequent five years he spent in the White House. The Illinois History and Lincoln Collections unit at the University of Illinois Library manages the physical items of the Frederick Hill Meserve Selected Photographs (MS 1027). The collection was partially digitized in 2013. For more information, contact an archivist at ihlc@library.illinois.edu. The Library wishes to acknowledge the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation, which gave us permission to digitize the photographs and to reproduce the text of the image captions supplied by Frederick Hill Meserve in "The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln."
  • Jay Montgomery Hurd Memoirs (Digitized Content)
    Illinois History and Lincoln Collections  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    The digitized content of the Jay Montgomery Hurd Memoirs consists of the autobiographical writings of Jay Montgomery Hurd, titled “A Few Incidents in the Life of a Sexagenarian.” The memoirs describe Hurd’s life story from 1809 to 1874. Jay Montgomery Hurd held many jobs in his lifetime; his first position was helping newly freed slaves settle in Illinois. He later became a constable, farmer, storekeeper and politician. Hurd helped to establish Jersey County, Illinois, and served as a judge in Jerseyville from 1847-1869. During this time he became known by prominent politicians such as Stephen A. Douglas. Hurd moved from Greene County to Christian County in 1858, and then to Johnson City, Nebraska, in 1872. The digitized content contains the handwritten memoirs of Jay Montgomery Hurd, written in 1874. In his memoirs Hurd described politics, travel to the East Coast, and farming operations, as they evolved into mechanized processes during his lifetime. Hurd also mentioned abolition, religion, and frontier life, among other topics. Although Hurd lived through the Civil War, it is rarely mentioned in his writing. The Illinois History and Lincoln Collections unit at the University of Illinois Library manages the physical items of the Jay Montgomery Hurd Memoirs (MS 791). The collection was digitized in 2020. For more information, contact an archivist at ihlc@library.illinois.edu.
  • Crowd viewing books on display in cabinets
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Images were captured using an Epson 1640 XL flatbed scanner and Photoshop 7.0 and 8.0 imaging software. Master images were captured in TIFF format, 24-bit color or 16-bit black-and-white. Image size was 600 DPI for all master images. Master image size ranged from roughly 2.5 MB to 40.0 MB. Images were optimized using Photoshop 5.0. For this project image modification was kept to a minimum. Images were rotated and some borders were cropped to reflect the look of the original piece. Access images were created as JPEGS with minimum compression and sized to 1024x768 pixels.
  • Bookfellow Library
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Date
    1938
    Description
    The Bookfellow Library, dated 10 July 1938. From a letter to Carl Sandburg from George Steele Seymour. The library is a low stone building.
  • Four men looking at books spread on a table
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Four men looking at books spread on a table and at card catalog drawers at the opening of the Robert Todd Lincoln collection at the Library of Congress. One man is taking notes on a notepad. photograph credited to the Library of Congress.
  • Three men holding open book
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Three men holding open volume at the opening of the Robert Todd Lincoln collection at the Library of Congress. photograph credited to the Library of Congress.
  • Three men holding open book
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Three men holding open volume at the opening of the Robert Todd Lincoln collection at the Library of Congress. photograph credited to the Library of Congress.
  • Carl Sandburg with Kenneth Dodson
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Carl Sandburg in a chair reading a manuscript by Kenneth Dodson, who is sitting on the arm of the chair.
  • Carl Sandburg reading in a library
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Creator
    Hoertel, Bruce G.
    Description
    Images were captured using an Epson 1640 XL flatbed scanner and Photoshop 7.0 and 8.0 imaging software. Master images were captured in TIFF format, 24-bit color or 16-bit black-and-white. Image size was 600 DPI for all master images. Master image size ranged from roughly 2.5 MB to 40.0 MB. Images were optimized using Photoshop 5.0. For this project image modification was kept to a minimum. Images were rotated and some borders were cropped to reflect the look of the original piece. Access images were created as JPEGS with minimum compression and sized to 1024x768 pixels.
  • Carl Sandburg reading with a throw blanket and book on his lap
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Carl Sandburg reading in the library of the E.J. Cooper home.
  • Carl Sandburg at the opening of the Abraham Lincoln papers at the Library of Congress
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Date
    1947
    Description
    Carl Sandburg at opening of the Abraham Lincoln papers at the Library of Congress. Sandburg is signing a guest registry. Photograph taken in 1947.
  • Man kneeling with open volume in front of locked cabinets
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Images were captured using an Epson 1640 XL flatbed scanner and Photoshop 7.0 and 8.0 imaging software. Master images were captured in TIFF format, 24-bit color or 16-bit black-and-white. Image size was 600 DPI for all master images. Master image size ranged from roughly 2.5 MB to 40.0 MB. Images were optimized using Photoshop 5.0. For this project image modification was kept to a minimum. Images were rotated and some borders were cropped to reflect the look of the original piece. Access images were created as JPEGS with minimum compression and sized to 1024x768 pixels.
  • Room full of men sitting around a dinner table
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Room full of men sitting around a dinner table at the opening of the Robert Todd Lincoln papers at the Library of Congress. Gentleman standing and speaking. photograph credited to the Library of Congress.
  • View of people at tables in a reading room
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    View of people at tables in a reading room at the opening of the Robert Todd Lincoln Collection at the Library of Congress. photograph credited to the Library of Congress.
  • Room full of men sitting around a dinner table
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Images were captured using an Epson 1640 XL flatbed scanner and Photoshop 7.0 and 8.0 imaging software. Master images were captured in TIFF format, 24-bit color or 16-bit black-and-white. Image size was 600 DPI for all master images. Master image size ranged from roughly 2.5 MB to 40.0 MB. Images were optimized using Photoshop 5.0. For this project image modification was kept to a minimum. Images were rotated and some borders were cropped to reflect the look of the original piece. Access images were created as JPEGS with minimum compression and sized to 1024x768 pixels.
  • Man and woman viewing open volume
    Carl Sandburg Collection  ·   Digital Special Collections
    Description
    Images were captured using an Epson 1640 XL flatbed scanner and Photoshop 7.0 and 8.0 imaging software. Master images were captured in TIFF format, 24-bit color or 16-bit black-and-white. Image size was 600 DPI for all master images. Master image size ranged from roughly 2.5 MB to 40.0 MB. Images were optimized using Photoshop 5.0. For this project image modification was kept to a minimum. Images were rotated and some borders were cropped to reflect the look of the original piece. Access images were created as JPEGS with minimum compression and sized to 1024x768 pixels.