Chicago Area Special Collections (CASC) will meet Wednesday, May 4, from 9:30 to 11:00 in the Special Collections Research Center of the University of Chicago Library. Special Collections is located on the first floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th Street (phone: 773-702-8705). Directions to Regenstein Library can be found on the Special Collections web site.
CASC members will be able to view the current Special Collections exhibition, “Integrity of the Page: The Creative Process of Daniel Clowes” and hear a gallery talk by exhibition curator Ashley Gosselar, Processing Archivist in Special Collections. Daniel Clowes is a highly regarded cartoonist, comic book artist, and screenwriter. He is best known for his Eightball comic book series (1989-2004), Ghost World (1997), Ice Haven (2005), Wilson (2010), Mister Wonderful (2011), and The Death-Ray (2011). Despite modern proliferation of computer software for artists and designers, Clowes remains dedicated to simple paper, pencil, and ink – to the “integrity of the page.” The physicality of his craft is a vital component to Clowes’ artistic vision and creative process. In 2015, the Special Collections Research Center acquired the Clowes papers, which include notes, outlines, narrative drafts, character sketches, draft layouts, and more for Ice Haven, Mister Wonderful, and The Death-Ray. The exhibition pieces together this material, tracing the evolution of Clowes’ artistic process from conception to production to publication.
Also part of the CASC meeting will be a tour of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, which is connected to Regenstein Library by a glass span. Designed by Chicago architect Helmut Jahn, the Mansueto Library includes a large reading room where students and scholars work under an elliptical glass dome with views of the campus. The Mansueto Library also houses conservation and digitization facilities. The underground Mansueto Library stacks extend more than 50 feet below the surface and can hold the equivalent of 3.5 million volumes, giving researchers efficient access to materials that are retrieved by robotic cranes. A cross-disciplinary array of collections from the libraries on campus have been moved into Mansueto. Rare books, manuscripts, and archives from Special Collections are also being housed in Mansueto and circulate to the Special Collections reading room from the ASRS.
Special Collections looks forward to welcoming CASC on May 4.
Submitted by Daniel Meyer, Director of the Special Collections Research Center & University Archivist, University of Chicago Library