Monday, September 30, 2013

New online exhibit of rare books and manuscripts relating to cats

As a companion to the exhibit of rare books and manuscripts about cats, currently up in the gallery on the second floor of William Merrick Jones Hall, there is now a digital exhibit that contains additional books as well as peeks inside some of the books.
The brick-and-mortar exhibit will continue through October 31st (9-5 weekdays, 9-1 Saturdays), and includes a special case with objects that belonged to the actual cat named Charlee LaChatte, in whose name the collection fund was endowed some years ago.
Charlee LaChatte book collection has centered on Anglo-American literary production between 1880 and 1960, though there are examples as far back as the 16th Century and an increasing number of alternative press and graphic novels from various literary traditions. The collection focuses on the relationship between domestic pets and people and the iconography of cats in the book arts. A large number of the works seen in these exhibit cases relate specifically to themes of childhood, innocence, role-playing, and performance.
If you have questions about this exhibit or the Charlee LaChatte collection, please contact Joshua Lupkin, Chief Bibliographer for the Humanities at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at

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