The Thirty-seconde of March

Just came upon something interesting in the vault: A 1752 sermon entitled: The Thirty-seconde of March / On the dangers of calendar reform / and touching upon the false method of rectifying the seate of Easter. With godly warnings to the Parliament that seekes to deprive good Christians of eleven dayes of life.  A sermon. […]

Congratulations to our Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin!

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Illinois now has even more reason to be proud of being the home of William S. Merwin’s papers: on Thursday, July 1, it was announced that William S. Merwin would be named the next poet laureate of the United States. The duties of the Poet Laureate Consultant in […]

Letters from John Ruskin primarily to Joan Severn (Post 1650 MS 0009)

Sitting quietly in our vault, awaiting further study is a cache of thirty unpublished letters from John Ruskin to his Scottish cousin Joan (Agnew Ruskin) Severn.   Ruskin wrote over 3000 letters to Severn, many of which have been published in the thirty-nine volume edition of The Works of John Ruskin by Edward T. Cook and […]

The New Non Solus

From 1974 to 1985, curators, librarians, and scholars at the University of Illinois collaborated on a annual journal that celebrated our special collections. Their articles brought to light discoveries, offered interesting stories behind our acquisitions, and reminded readers of the research opportunities that await them in our vaults.  The journal was called Non Solus after […]

The First Bible printed in the Western Hemisphere

***This post was previously posted at the RBML Discoveries from the Vault website*** Mamusse Wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God. Naneeswe Nukkone Testament kah wonk Wusku Testament. 2 vols. Cambridge, [Massachusetts]: Samuel Green and Marmaduke Johnson: 1663, 1661. [The Holy Bible: Containing The Old Testament and The New. Translated into the Indian Language, And Ordered to be Printed […]