Tales from the Cage: Funk Library Closed StacksPresentation Transcript
Some of our more rare and fragile books arekept behind the circulation desk and aremarked “closed stacks” in the catalog. Thisjust means that they are delicate and old, sowe keep them off the main shelves to protectand preserve them. Many of them have asticker that says “Cage” on the cover; thisrefers to when some of the collections werehoused in Burrill Hall, where there was anactual cage/locked area for the specialcollection books.
While you cannot leave thebuilding with them, thesebooks are here for your use!
One interesting item is a plan for the city ofChicago that was written in 1909 by DanielBurnham, the architect largely responsible forthe Columbian Exposition Chicago World’s Fairin 1893. The plan takes on the expansion of thegrowing city and proposes a number of newparks, infrastructure improvements, and publicfixtures. Burnham died in 1912 before hisdream could be realized, but the plancontinued to guide development for years tocome.
Plan of Chicago.By Daniel H.Burnham andEdward H. Bennett,architects; edited byCharles Moore.Chicago: TheCommercial Club,1909.Q. 711.40973 C73p[ACES Closed Stacks]Drawing of a proposed park
The collection also contains a cookbook thatwas co-authored by a White House stewardin 1887. Written as a comprehensive surveyof American recipes, it includes a number ofhousekeeping and homemaking tips, as wellas menus and recipes used in the WhiteHouse kitchens.
The White House Cook Book. By Hugo Ziemann & F. L.Gillette. New York: Saalfield Publishing Co., 1901.641.5 G42w1901 [ACES Closed Stacks]
The closed stacks also house titles byH. H. Thomas, the author of numeroustitles on flowers and gardening, agardening correspondent for The DailyTelegraph for 40 years, and a director ofthe Kew Royal Botanical Gardens inEngland.
The Ideal Garden.By H. H. Thomas.London: Cassell &Co. Ltd., 1911.716 T36I1911[ACES Closed Stacks]
The Rose Book.By H. H. Thomas.London: Cassell &Co. Ltd., 1914.634.64 T363R [ACESClosed Stacks]
The collection also features a number ofpocket-sized guides, which were originallymeant for practical, personal use: aBartender’s guide offers “authentic andaccurate” recipes for a variety of cocktails; aHome Tanning guide gives instructions forskinning, curing, and storing hides; and TheColoured Language of Flowers is a dictionary offlowers and the emotions they can be used toexpress.
Old Mr. BostonDe Luxe OfficialBartender’s Guide.By Leo Cotton. Boston:Ben Bruck, Inc., 1941.641.874 C829o[ACES Closed Stacks]
Home tanning &leather makingguide.By Albert B.Farnham. Columbus:A.R. Harding, 1922.675 F23H[ACES Closed Stacks]
The ColouredLanguage of Flowers.By Mrs. L. Burke.London: G. Routledge,1886. 398.242 B917C[ACES Closed Stacks]
To see more, ask to see the closedstacks at the circulation desk of theFunk ACES Library. And come seethe “Tales from the Cage” exhibit onthe 2nd floor of the library!