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 “Various and Sundry Activities”: The Creative Work of Julia McCune Flory for the Cleveland Play House and Beyond


The Kelvin Smith Library invites you to experience the work of Julia McCune Flory and explore her legacy as a book illustrator and her essential involvement in the Cleveland Play House in the early 20th century. This exhibit will feature illustrations, marionettes, photographs, and rare books. Many items are from the Department of Special Collections at Kelvin Smith Library.
The opening reception will he held Friday, October 30 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Light refreshments and informal gallery tours will be offered. The event is free and open to the public, although an RSVP is required.
The exhibit is on view October 16, 2015 through March 26, 2016 in the Hatch Reading Room, located on the library's second floor. The Hatch Reading Room is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.


"Much of a Muchness: 150 Years of Artistic Visions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-glass, and What Alice Found There"

 Date & Time: Saturday, October 3rd | 2-4 pm

Location: Kelvin Smith Library | Dampeer Room, 2nd floor 


To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,' please join us in a discussion of the visual representation of Alice and how it's a reigning example of text illustration. This lecture will focus on visual artists translating words into images. Learn how changes in illustration technique and style over a century and a half reflect changes in artistic movements. The Alice books had a profound effect on the history of book illustration in general. Key elements that have affected the development of Alice illustrations will be explored.
This event is free to the public, but registration is required. Please RSVP here or call Library Administration at (216) 368-2992. For KSL visitors: Info page and ID policy.




Special Collections Exhibitions ‌

The following exhibits are free and open to the public during regular business hours.

"The Alice Project": Works by students of Cleveland Institute of Art Illustration Department
Location: KSL Art Gallery (1st floor) and throughout the library

September 1 through December 31

Students of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Illustration Department were inspired by a local book collector's exceptional collection of illustrated Lewis Carroll books. The resulting project was a book, Alice, which contains new illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s works by the students. Prints of the students’ work are displayed in the gallery, and additional student works can be found on display throughout the library.

"The Pictured Page: Black-and-White Book Illustrations from Britain and the United States, 1890-1950"
Location: Hatch Reading Room (2nd floor)

Curated by Victoria Hepburn, the exhibit focuses on graphically bold, black-and-white images created for illustrated editions of literary classics selected from the library’s special collections. Spanning from the golden age of book illustration at the turn of the 20th century to the striking books of the mid-century, The Pictured Page explores the dramatic, monochrome visuals that accompany the words of some of literature’s great poets, playwrights and authors. Works by artists such as Edward Burne-Jones, Aubrey Beardsley, Lynd Ward and Rockwell Kent, among others, will be on display.

For more information, contact KSLspecialcollections@case.edu.


For additional information about events at KSL, please call 216.368.2992 or email KSLadministration@case.edu.

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What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

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