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Crimes Against Books: a program & reception at the Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower

Featuring Travis McDade, Interim Head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 6:00 pm: Cocktails
  • 6:45 pm: Program

When thinking about the peaceful and serene environment in a library, things like organized crime, special investigators, and covert sting operations don't immediately spring to mind. But it turns out that public and university libraries have a long history of being the targets of heists by gangster-types, often masterminded by crooked booksellers. Professor Travis McDade, interim head of the U of I Rare Book & Manuscript Library, has authored 3 books on crimes against rare books, maps, documents, and other printed cultural heritage resources. On this occasion, he will tell the story of Bob Kindred, who successfully stole materials from libraries across the country in the 1970s, and what happened when he made the University of Illinois Library his next victim.

Sponsored by the University of Illinois Library Friends and Spurlock Museum.


Registration Required. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 31. $25 per person includes: Beer, wine, or soda and hors d'oeuvres.


Image Credit: Daniel Schwen (external link)

Please note that this program does NOT take place at the Spurlock Museum.
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