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U of Illinois RBML Jan 18
Read about No Blue Memories, a show based on the life of Gwendolyn Brooks, on our Tumblr!
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U of Illinois RBML Jan 16
We're celebrating Phillis Wheatley today on our Tumblr!
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Lynne M. Thomas🏳️‍🌈🦄🚀 Jan 8
Putting it all together: FREE MONEY from to use our collections. (apps due 2/21)
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U of Illinois RBML Jan 4
Take a look at our Hinman Collator in our latest Tumblr post!
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U of Illinois RBML Jan 2
Roman poet Ovid died in either 17 or 18 AD. Today, we're looking at a 15th-century manuscript containing some of his poems.
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Lynne M. Thomas🏳️‍🌈🦄🚀 Jan 2
Happy New Year! Have you been working on your Velde Visiting Scholar Fellowship application? ($3K to work with collections). It's due Feb 21!
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U of Illinois RBML Dec 22
Children's author Beatrix Potter died in 1943. We're celebrating her life on our Tumblr by looking at the book she considered her favorite: The Tailor of Gloucester.
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U of Illinois RBML Dec 18
We miss you, too!
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U of Illinois RBML Dec 18
The Queen of the Night from Mozart’s The Magic Flute is one of the more difficult roles in opera. Read about two different designs for the Queen from Motley on our Tumblr:
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U of Illinois RBML Dec 14
Come to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to see "This Never Fails if Rightly Done”: Cookery and Curatives from Regency England, up until December 22! More info on our Tumblr:
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U of Illinois RBML Dec 12
You may have heard of Robert Louis Stevenson, but what you might not know is that his grandfather, Robert Stevenson (1772-1850), was a well-respected civil engineer who built lighthouses across Britain. See some of his correspondence on our Tumblr:
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Lynne M. Thomas🏳️‍🌈🦄🚀 Dec 12
No, YOUR department just got replica piquet decks back from the printer in time for Friday's Recency Frost Fair themed holiday party (3-5pm, ). Please join us!
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U of Illinois RBML Dec 7
Shakespeare’s plays have been a canvas for adaptation and experimentation for centuries. This mask comes from Motley’s designs for a 1948 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. See more on our Tumblr!
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Robert Dale Parker Dec 6
Took Intro to English students to Rare Book Library here at U of Illinois & showed them 1st editions—Shakespeare’s 1st folio, Paradise Lost, Eliot Bible, Pride & Prejudice, Narr of Life of F Douglass, & more. A thrill for all.
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U of Illinois RBML Dec 6
Join us Friday, Dec 15th, 3-5pm for the Regency Holiday Party & Open House!🎄Feel free to come in costume; some RBML staff will be dressed in Regency period attire for the festivities. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served. (Main Library, Room 346)
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U of Illinois RBML Dec 4
Take a look at the celebrations in the Milanese court in our Cavagna of the week!
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U of Illinois RBML Nov 30
Yesterday was Louisa May Alcott's birthday! Take a look at our copy of Hospital Sketches on our Tumblr:
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U of Illinois RBML Nov 27
Pastoral scenes, magical creatures, heroic characters; even leaking barrels of wine grace the pages of this hand-painted emblem book. See more images on our Tumblr!
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U of Illinois RBML Nov 22
Our Cavagna of the Week post looks at Italian funeral books!
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U of Illinois RBML Nov 21
Peter and Wendy See the New York World’s Fair shows two children, Peter and Wendy, – no relation to Peter Pan or Wendy Darling – enjoying the sights of the fair. See more GIFs of the pop-up book in action on our Tumblr:
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