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  1. Portraits of Actors
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    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 include...
  2. Project Unica
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    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 geni...
  3. The Faces of Abraham Lincoln: The Meserve Lincoln Photographs, 1845-1865
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    Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, in his introduction to The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1944) quotes Civil War era journalist David Ross Locke’s impressions on meeting Lincoln: “I never saw a more thoughtful face. I never saw a more dignified face. I never saw so sad a face.” This collection of images—reproductions of prints made...
  4. University Honors — the Bronze Tablets
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    The University of Illinois began the tradition of inscribing the Bronze Tablets with the names of students receiving University Honors in 1925. A new tablet is hung in the Main Library each year. Inscription on the Bronze Tablets recognizes sustained academic achievement by undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. According to the Student Cod...
  5. American Popular Entertainment
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    The American Popular Entertainment Collection is a project of the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The collection is a repository of digital facsimiles of newspapers and trade journals published for the entertainment industry in the U.S. between 1853 and 1922. Using digital imaging technology, we have converted m...
  6. Amos Kennedy Collection
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    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, a...
  7. Cavagna Collection
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    Cavagna was an Italian public official and a recognized authority on the local history of Lombardy and Piedmont. His library contained a great many books on genealogy, biography, and local history, including materials on municipal governments. The manuscripts especially reflect the study of local history; most relate to Italian cities and towns, institutions, societies and ...
  8. Clarendon Van Norman Jr. Collection
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    Clarendon Van Norman Jr. Collection broadsides and printed ephemera contains material from 1828 to the 1930s collected by Clarendon Van Norman Jr. This series includes a variety of works such as prospectuses, periodicals, advertisements, newspaper clippings, tax lists, government documents, and financial records. Divided into subject categories, the items cover topics in Ill...
  9. Digital Rare Book Collection
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    Imprints from The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from the beginning of printing to the present.
  10. John Starr Stewart Ex Libris Collection
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    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 librar...
  11. LGBT at UIUC
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    "The Gay Illini organization was formed in 1975 and Illini Pride was founded in 1977, both growing out of the work of the Gay Liberation Front. Gay Illini was announced in the Daily Illini on January 29, 1975. By April 1975, the group was holding Gay Forums, offering panels discussing topics related to gay students and queer life. The group also hosted a number of social eve...
  12. Mapping History at the University of Illinois Collection
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    The Mapping History at the University of Illinois (MH@UI) collection contains maps, drawings, blueprints, and images of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and Champaign County dating from the 1850s to the present. Maps relate to way-finding, campus and community planning, city zoning, political districting, transportation, humor and cartooning, student housing, re...
  13. Framed print of George Washington
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    Wood and papier mache oval frame. Molded flowers at compass points. Remnants of scallop molding on rim, contains portrait of George Washington. He wears a dark suit with white shirt and high collar. He holds a sword in his left hand. L 18" x W 16".
  14. Framed print of allegorical subject
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    Stages of a Man's Life from Cradle to Grave
  15. Framed print of Martha Washington
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    Wood and papier mache oval frame. Molded flowers at compass points
  16. Engraving, depicting Lincoln Home
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    Print of Lincoln Home, black ink on cream paper. SW corner of Home, short fence on retaining wall, flagpole on SW corner, two trees in front. Print area background darker and impressed, creating a self-mat "frame", printed signature on mat, signed in pencil: "Abraham Lincoln Home. Virginia Stuart Brown" & "Print 7- edition I." L 5 3/4" x W 4 3/4".
  17. Photographic print, depicting a side view of the Ninian Edwards mansion, Springfield, IL
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    Reproduced photo of the Ninian Edwards mansion, Springfield, IL. Taken from side of house. Home has two 2-story sections, with one story wings on either side. Left section wing is barely visible in photograph, has one or two chimneys
  18. Framed print of allegorical scene
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    The Voyage of Life - Youth. Artist's print by Thomas Cole. Engraved by James Smillie and published in Boston by L.A. Elliot, 322 Washington St. Poem stanza is found on each side of the title. Scene depicts an angel waving farewell to youth in gondola-type vessel. Youth looks to celestial palace in the sky. H 21" x W 26 1/2".
  19. Framed print of summer scene
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    Cottage Life - Summer, lithograph showing young boy in red playing stick-n-hoop on walk leading to white Greek-revival style mansion. Mother in red skirt and white blouse sits with two daughters under tree. Daughters are playing with dolls. In background are two or three gentlemen on horseback. L 17" x W 12 3/4".
  20. Framed print of religious subject
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    Search the Scriptures, color lithograph of man wearing glasses holding open a Bible
  21. Print of the Lincoln Family in the White House
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    President Lincoln and Family Circle. Tinted portrait of Abraham and Mary Lincoln with their three sons in the White House. Classical decorations with views of water and US Capitol Building out the windows. Green center table. L-R, Robert in military uniform, Mary in orange dress with flowers in hair, Tad in blue uniform. Willie and Mr. Lincoln in black, Willie reads a book. ...
  22. Print of Lincoln's funeral procession in Chicago, IL
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    Funeral Service of President Lincoln at Chicago, Illinois. May 1- Removing the Coffin From the Funeral Train to the Catafalque- From a Photograph by Alschuler. Lithograph on newsprint, mounted on white paper. Large crowd lines street, soldiers carry coffin toward large catafalque under canopy. Catafalque under center of three arches with various mottos on them, many flags an...
  23. Print of Abraham Lincoln
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    Framed print of Abraham Lincoln based on his life mask. Lincoln wears dark suit and bow tie and white shirt. A gold watch fob and chain is visible coming from vest pocket. Signed by artist on lower right corner "Lloyd Ostendorf." Numbered "#16/500" in lower left corner. L 41 3/4" x W 34 5/8" x D 1 1/2".
  24. Watercolor Print from Early to Middle Victorian Springfield, IL
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    Watercolor botanical print of purple and yellow iris and crocuses with green foliage
  25. Photographic print, of Henson Robinson
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    Sepia photograph of Henson Robinson. Portrait, deep frame, outside black grain painting over white. Inside stained and black bands with gilt. Mat has sea-green linen look. Marked on back "Henson Robinson/Born-March 15, 1839 Xenia, Ohio/Died-April 17, 1900 Spfd." Signs of former oval mat, minor scratches on frame. Part of set with LIHO 7035. H 27 1/4" x W 23 1/4" x D 1 3/4" (...
  26. Framed print of Henry Clay
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    Deep rectangular wooden frame contains print of Henry Clay. He wears a dark suit and large bow tie with a high-collared white shirt. L 15" x W 13 1/2".
  27. Framed print of hunting prize (waterfowl)
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    Hand-colored etching of dead waterfowl, a wood duck and a small green-winged teal, hanging upside-down. Plain oval frame w/raised middle rim. L 21" x W 18".
  28. Framed print of Daniel Webster
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    Deep rectangular wooden frame, identical to LIHO 325. Contains picture of Daniel Webster. He wears a dark suit and bow tie with a high-collared shirt. He has deep-set eyes and heavy eyebrows. L 15" x W 13 1/2".
  29. Watercolor print
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    Watercolor print of a single red rose, with two small birds and green foliage. In plain oval frame. H 10" x W 8".
  30. Framed print of domestic scene
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    Large rectangular walnut frame with print of a kitchen scene of a mother sitting down and sewing a boy's pants. The boy sits covered by a towel on a table to the right