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In addition to the articles that appeared in the library's Footnotes newsletter and the Northwestern University Observer, two Chicago papers -- the Tribune and the Reader -- ran small pieces about the Elevator and the City exhibit; a blurb even appeared in the school newspaper of Clarke College in Dubuque, IA (link to PDF here; article on p. 2). A sampling of the local coverage:

"Nineteenth-century 'elevator buildings' were mystifying places, on the report of the grandmother of Rochelle Elstein, one of three curators behind the Northwestern University Library's exhibit 'The Elevator and the City.' At the turn of the last century seven-year-old Florence Given, who lived downtown, was spooked by the first elevator she encountered. 'Florence was a very independent sort,' says Elstein. 'She once set off and came to a building. She walked in and ran home and told her family that she saw people who went into a room and when they came out they looked totally different. That really spooked her.' ... [the exhibit] traces both the technological advances since [those early days] and the role of the elevator in American culture ... '[borrowing] from every single one of [the library's] collections.'"
--"On Exhibit: elevators from the ground up." Chicago Reader, February 6, 2004, section 1, p. 34. To read the full article, please visit the Main Periodicals/Newspaper Reading Room to view the hard copy (or, if you prefer, a paid online version is available at the Reader website).

"the exhibit features a striking selection of books, maps and photographs that trace the history and science of freight, storage and passenger elevators from the early 1800s. Drawing from materials from University Library’s vast collections, the exhibit traces the wide-ranging effects of the elevator in modern life."
--"Exhibit illustrates elevator's urban influence." Observer, February 26, 2004, p.2. Read the full article here.

"One section highlights Elisha Otis's 1854 demonstration of the first safety passenger hoist (patented in 1861), while another offers speculations about elevators of the future. Also featured are elevators of the imagination (such as Roald Dahl's Great Glass Elevator), elevators in art (including an 1889 farce by William Dean Howells in which several guests are stuck in an elevator on their way to an elegant dinner), and a portrait of General George Owen Squier, said to be the inventor of Muzak (popularly known as elevator music)."
--"New Exhibit: The Elevator and the City." Footnotes, January 27, 2004, "In the Spotlight." Read the full article here.

"An exhibit at Northwestern University library highlights the ups and downs of how the ordinary elevator has influenced American culture--from elevator music to Roald Dahl's book 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.'"
--"Already up: Show all about elevators." Chicago Tribune, February 15, 2004, "Metro" section, p.2. Read the full article here (Northwestern users only).

Haven't had enough? Read the Northwestern University Press Release here.





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