Caxton Club Collection

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US ILfC SC/094

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Caxton Club Collection


  • 1937-2012 (Creation)


2 boxes

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Biographical history

Arthur H. Miller received his undergraduate degree in English from Kalamazoo College, his Master’s Degree, also in English from University of Chicago and his Ph.D in English Language and Literature from Northwestern University.

Miller worked as an Assistant Librarian for Public Services at the Newberry Library from 1966-1972. He was employed by Lake Forest College in 1972, served as the Library Director for manny years, and then worked as the Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections from 1996 to his retirement in 2013.

Miller co-authored a book in 2000 about Lake Forest College’s history titled “30 Miles North: A History of Lake Forest College, its town, and its city of Chicago.”

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The Caxton Club, located in Chicago, was founded in 1895. It is a private social organization and bibliophilic society bringing people together from different backgrounds who have a communal love of books and literary study. The club was named after William Caxton, a noted printer during the fifteenth century.

While the club did not allow female membership until 1976, it has gone on to have three female presidents. The club holds dinner and lunch programs, sponsors various events and exhibitions, and publishes books and a monthly newsletter, the Caxtonian.

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This collection contains various Caxton Club materials. These include constitution and by-law records, meeting minutes, directories and other member documents, correspondence, Publication Committee records and program invitations. It also includes a small amount of Caxtonian newsletters published in the mid 1990s and materials related to the Caxton Club’s Centennial celebration.

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Materials are arranged alphabetically.

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  • English

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