Center & Clark Graduate Student Research Fair: Working with Paul Chrzanowski’s Early Modern Resources

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron Street

In fall 2009 Dr. Paul Chrzanowski donated his collection of seventy-two early English books to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Nine additional titles followed in 2014. The Paul Chrzanowski Collection is the most valuable and important donation made to the Clark since the original donation of the founder’s collection, deeded in 1926 and transferred to UCLA’s custody in 1934.

A physicist and collector in California, Paul Chrzanowski set out over twenty-five years ago to acquire texts that Shakespeare likely read or could have read in some form. Some are identified as source books that Shakespeare used to write his plays; many are not but remain important to the development of the English language and literature as well as societal changes in the English Tudor period in which Shakespeare lived.

Recently Dr. Chrzanowski donated another forty properties to the Clark Library, including thirty-eight rare books, one vellum document, and one manuscript. They are largely English in origin and date from 15171716.

To celebrate Dr. Chrzanowski’s most recent gift to the Clark Library, UCLA graduate students and scholars have been invited to choose a work from his collection and develop a poster for the research fair that puts their selection into conversation with one or more objects or volumes connected to their own research.

All are welcome to attend the fair, which will feature a book display and research event, followed by a reception in honor of Dr. Chrzanowski.

Admission is free, but you must register to attend this special event. Please submit the booking form below to secure your spot.

Image: from Sebastiano Serlio, The first Booke of Architecture, made by Sebastian Serly, entreating of geometrie [5 parts in 1, includes all five books], (London: printed by Simon Stafford for Robert Peake, 1611).  Clark Library 1611se *

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