Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Lecture


Photograph of Julia Miller

Mysteries Abound: Observing, Interpreting, and Describing the Physical Elements of Historical Bindings

Join us October 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. for the 15th annual Schleg Lecture! This year, our speaker will be Julia Miller, editor of Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding and author of Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings.

The lecture will focus on the work that remains to be done to identify and describe the historical bindings in our book collections, and will be presented accompanied by power-point images. A selection of notable historical bindings from the Albion College rare book collection will be the focus of part of the lecture. The audience will have the opportunity to look at and handle a variety of models of early codex structures as well as historical bindings from the lecturer’s teaching collection.

History of the Schleg Lecture

The lecture is named for Marilyn Crandell Schleg, a 1958 graduate of Albion College and medical librarian with master’s degrees in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin and library science from the University of Michigan. In 1998, a love for libraries prompted Marilyn to endow the college with an archivist position and fund an annual lectureship dealing with archives and libraries. She stated, “(My family and I) wanted to do something for Albion because Albion did so much for me.” Marilyn was afflicted with Multiple System Atrophy, a form of Parkinson’s disease, for many years before her untimely death in July of 2001. Her husband, Edward Schleg, endowed the lecture in 2005 so that it would continue to serve as a memory to Marilyn far into the future.

Past Lectures

  • 2012: Dr. Frank Boles, “Just another Racist”?: When Good Archivists Collect Bad Records
  • 2011: Dr. Marie M. Baxter, “Parchment, Pedagogy, and Periwig-Makers: Discovering the Longstreet Manuscript Collection”
  • 2010: Jennie Thomas, Archivist at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, “It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)”
  • 2009: Dr. Joel Palka, Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago, “Exploring the Vann Archive and the Unconquered Maya in Mexico”
  • 2008: Dr. Marcy Sacks, Associate Professor of U.S. and African-American History here at Albion, “Unmasking the ‘Deadpan’: The Search for the ‘Real’ Joe Louis”
  • 2007: Professor Richard Aquila, Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University, the Behrend College, “‘Into the Fire’: September 11, Popular Music, and Public Memory”
  • 2006: Keith Donohue of the National Archives, “The Stolen Child”
  • 2005: Hank Meijer of Meijer, Inc., “Search for Senator Vandenberg”
  • 2004: Miles Harvey, journalist and novelist, “The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime”
  • 2003: Lawrence Taylor, Ph.D., Albion College Professor Emeritus and founder of the Geology Department, “The Outrageous Hypothesis of Dr. J Harlen Bretz, ’05: A Perspective on the Life of a World Renowned Geologist & Teacher”
  • 2002: Dr. James Wyatt Cook, Albion College Professor Emeritus of English, “Confessions of of Stack Rat: Archives I Have Known & Loved”
  • 2001: Candace Anderson Corrigan, singer, songwriter, producer and historical performer, “Through a Woman’s Voice”
  • 2000: Cynthia Davis-Buffington and David Szewczyk of the Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts Co., “Adventures in Bookdom: FAQs and Fiction”
  • 1998: Robert Warner, Archivist of the U.S., Director of the Bentley Historical Library

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