Celebrate Frankenstein and Halloween with Special Collections and Archives!

A Lynd Ward wood engraving of Frankenstein's monster
A Lynd Ward wood engraving of Frankenstein’s monster. SpC. 823 S545fa1934

DePaul Special Collections and Archives (SPCA) will be hosting an open house on October 31st as part of the world-wide celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein known as Frankenreads. Visitors can compare and interact with different editions of Frankenstein including two illustrated editions and other materials directly related to the novel. In honor of Halloween, we will also have on display some of our spookiest holdings like historical accounts of ghosts and witches, as well as other gothic novels from our collections.  Attendees can drop in to room 314 of the John T. Richardson Library anytime between 11:30am and 2:00pm to view our eerie displays.  Be sure to check out the other programming throughout Frankenweek, (DePaul’s Frankenreads event) happening around campus, including a readathon of the entire novel, horror makeup tutorials, and building life-size monsters in the Maker Hub! Frankenweek at DePaul is a collaboration with the Studio CHI, Humanities Center, English Department, Media and Cinema Studies Program, CDM Idea Realization Lab, the Cosplay Club, and the DePaul University Library.

If you can’t make the open house or are curious about our Frankenstein specific materials, we have created this bibliography that describes our holdings related to Mary Shelley and Frankenstein, including some open access materials in honor of Open Access Week, October 22-28. To view these materials or any of our other collections please visit SPCA during our regular hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  For questions or more information about any of our other rare book collections, please contact Nora Gabor. To use these materials in an instruction session please contact Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts or submit a request for instruction.

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