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Category: Special Collections

Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections

Faces in history: Treating caricatures of the Siege and Commune of Paris

By Kimberly Kwan, conservation fellow Before the campus shutdown in the face of COVID-19, the Preservation department in University Library was nearing the end...
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Teaching with primary sources during a pandemic: A digital cabinet of curiosities

By Jason Nargis, Special Collections Librarian for Instruction & Curriculum One of my favorite times of the academic year is toward the end of...
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New year, new reading room for combined Special Collections, University Archives

Last fall, two of the Libraries’ rare-material collections and the archival processing unit combined under a new name: the Charles Deering McCormick Library of...
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Tribute to the Tribune: The broad impact of Robert McCormick’s archive

One by one, three white trucks pulled up to the University Library loading dock in January, laden with the contents of the largest archive...
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Handmaid’s re-telling: Library holdings explore ‘One Book’ novel

A pair of classes from fall 2018 used the Libraries’ holdings to go deeper into themes of The Handmaid’s Tale, this year’s One Book...
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The legacy of Dr. King in our Distinctive Collections

Every well-stocked library has a shelf—perhaps many shelves—dedicated to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From biographies to the man’s...
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Mandolins, composers, and hair, oh my! (When 9 different research topics become 1 cohesive exhibit)

By Carlynne Robinson, Registrar and Collections Coordinator How do you manage an exhibition with 10 different curators? You make a lot lists, schedule a...
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Survival of a folk revival: Digitizing a vast music archive

In the wood-paneled grandeur of the Joseph Spear Beck Angling Room, graduate student worker Joyy Norris ’18 MFA removed a slightly wrinkled piece of...
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Stabilizing history: How and why we rebound a 15th-Century manuscript

Last year, this 15th-century book of hours came down to the Northwestern Libraries conservation lab for rebinding. The manuscript had previously been rebound at...
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