A Tribute to Dr. Motoko B. Yatabe Reece (November 4, 1926 – May 30, 2018)

Dr. Motoko Reece was a true gem of Cleveland Public Library. The legacy she built in Special Collections was to honor and enlighten the public of the collections established by John G. White back in 1899. Today, the White Collections of chess, Orientalia, and folklore are world-renowned. Dr. Reece worked in the Fine Arts & Special Collections Department for 20…

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Special Collections to Display WWII Greater Cleveland Roll of Honor

Roll of Honor, 2 pages of signatures of World War II Veterans

The Greater Cleveland Roll of Honor contains the names of many Cleveland-area men and women who served in World War II. The large, four-volume set was compiled by family and friends who listed men and women serving in all branches of the U.S. military. Louis B. Seltzer, editor of the Cleveland Press, and Mayor Frank Lausche dedicated the Greater Cleveland…

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ZINES at the Cleveland Public Library

With the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies returning to Cleveland, it would be an appropriate time to take a look at the zines at the Cleveland Public Library. In case you’re not familiar with what a ZINE is, it’s a short hand term used for a magazine or a fanzine. They are a small-circulated self-published  work…

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The Third Generation, a Novel by Chester B. Himes

Cleveland Public Library’s Special Collections Department owns the 1954 edition of the novel The Third Generation by Chester B. Himes (1909-1984). This autobiographical story mirrors Himes’s upbringing after his family moved from Missouri to Cleveland in the early 1920s. The novel portrays a Southern black family who constantly had to move as the father searched for teaching jobs. The situation puts a…

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