Chicago Public Library Archives. Author Event Videos
Scope and Contents
All of these recordings were recorded in the Harold Washington Library Center’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium by Chicago Public Library’s Audio and Visual Specialists between 1995 and 2011. Earlier recordings are on VHS videocassettes while DVDs began to be used around 2007. Both formats are in this collection with some overlap. There is a wide variety of genres of speakers in this collection, from bestselling authors to local, emerging talent. In addition to fiction writers, the collection features poets, journalists, actors, chefs, scientists and scholars, and programs include author talks, panel discussions, dramatic readings and poetry recitals. Some events were collaborations between the Chicago Public Library and other organizations, and these organizations are listed if known. Of particular note are the events held in conjunction with the One Book, One Chicago program and the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards. Many, though not all, of the recordings have second copies.
- 1995 - 2011
- Chicago Public Library (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.
Biographical / Historical
As part of its mission, Chicago Public Library frequently hosts free, public events where authors talk about their work or are interviewed by guest presenters. Some of these events were recorded by the Library’s Audio and Visual Specialists and were later broadcast on television or on radio.
10.5 Linear Feet (in 15 boxes, including 189 VHS videocassettes, 41 DVDs)
Language of Materials
These recordings show some of the public programs Chicago Public Library has offered between 1995 and 2011. There is a wide variety of authors in this collection, from bestselling authors to local, emerging talent. In addition to fiction writers, the collection features poets, journalists, actors, chefs, scientists and scholars, and programs include author talks, panel discussions, dramatic readings and poetry recitals.
Recordings are arranged chronologically. The format of each recording is indicated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The recordings were transferred from Chicago Public Library’s Cultural and Civic Engagement Office in 2017.
- Filmed Interviews Subject Source: Local sources
- Filmed Literary Readings Subject Source: Local sources
- Filmed Panel Discussions Subject Source: Local sources
- Public libraries -- Cultural programs -- Illinois -- Chicago Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Chicago Public Library Archives. Author Event Videos
- Morag Walsh, 2018. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Johanna Russ, 2022.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository
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Chicago Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605 United States