Take a walk down memory lane with “Past, Paper, Scissors: Scrapbooks from the Northwestern University Library Collections,” on display at the Main and Deering libraries through Jan. 3, 2014. The exhibit displays the best of the more than 250 scrapbooks that University Archives has collected from alumni of different eras — each displayed in an open-page spread, inside a glass box.

 

“I think it’s exciting and interesting to see how students lived back then and howthey documented it,” said Yvonne Spura, an archives assistant at Northwestern University Library and curator of the exhibit.

 

Some of the featured scrapbooks were created by notable alumni such as television host Lloyd Thaxson and football Hall of Famer Otto Graham. In addition to Northwestern-centric scrapbooks, there are displays from special libraries and collections, including one on Chicago’s Pullman strike of 1894. The cut-and-pasted history of Northwestern focuses on the themes of student life, sports, the performing arts, altruistic endeavors and life beyond Northwestern.

 

Each scrapbook is also available online on the library’s website, where viewers can virtually browse additional pages.

 

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