While October may conjure up apples, pumpkins, and falling leaves for most people, October is also the month when archival organizations in the United States celebrate and promote their collections and services. DePaul University Special Collections and Archives (SPCA) is pleased to offer several events in October and we hope that you find a moment to drop in and learn more about our University Archives, local history and community activism collections, and the DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives (Vincentian archives). On average, we host 900 researcher visits in our reading room each year and nearly 1500 students and community members attend instruction sessions and outreach events annually. Our digital collections and special projects sites are another way to explore historical materials at your own convenience.
October 18 – Fifty Year Club Luncheon (Office of Alumni Relations). Offered as part of Alumni and Family weekend, the luncheon welcomes and celebrates members of the Class of 1969 and earlier. Special Collections and Archives staff will be at the luncheon with DePaulian yearbooks and posters of historical photos, newspaper headlines, and other materials that rekindle memories of campus life for earlier generations of DePaul students.
October 18 – Open House for Alumni and Family Weekend (2:00 – 4:00). Visit Special Collections and Archives (Richardson Library room 314) to see two ongoing exhibits. Voices of Protest / Voces de Protesta features contemporary protest art in both silkscreen and poster print formats, covering a range of topics including immigration rights, reproductive rights, and the fight to end poverty. Chicago 15 commemorates the 1969 peace action in which more than 40,000 Selective Service records from Chicago’s South Side were destroyed in order to disrupt the disproportionate flow of African Americans drafted to the war effort in Vietnam. Highlights from our archival and rare book collections will also be on temporary display with staff available to answer questions.
October 22 – History Fair Kickoff. Special Collections and Archives staff will join area archivists and educators at a resource fair at the Chicago History Museum to showcase our collections and speak with teachers about their students’ History Fair projects. A number of high school students choose our materials for their research each year, especially for projects on the Young Lords, Teresa Fraga, and Mujeres Latinas en Accion.
October 31st – Halloween Open House (11:30 to 2:00). In honor of Halloween, SPCA will display some of our most startling holdings like historical accounts of ghosts and witches, spooky Victorian parlor games, exorcism manuals, and gothic novels. Please drop in to suite 314 of the John T. Richardson Library anytime between 11:30am and 2:00pm to view our eerie displays – if you dare!
Feel free to visit SPCA any time of the year in suite 314 of the John T. Richardson Library during our open hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. To discuss an instruction session or outreach event, please contact Morgen Macintosh Hodgetts or submit a request for instruction. For other questions, please send an email.