I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Thomas J. Michalak Edward Gorey Collection in Special Collections in Cudahy Library. Mr. Michalak, a loyal alum of Loyola University Chicago (class of 1963), has generously given more than 1,100 items from his personal collection of Edward Gorey’s published works, illustrations for book jackets and in magazines, posters, prints, etchings, ephemera, and merchandise to the University Libraries. The new Gorey Collection, a portion of which will be on display at LUMA February 15 to June 15, 2014, as part of an exhibition entitled G is for Gorey—C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak, is just the latest generous gift of the donor. In 2009, Thomas and Jo-Ann Michalak gave a very fine collection of rare books and broadsides illustrated by George Cruikshank, the well-known and much admired 19th century British caricaturist. They continue to add to this wonderful collection and have also established an endowment fund in support of the library’s Special Collections. We are indebted to the Michalaks for their thoughtfulness, ongoing generosity, and dedication to Mr. Michalak’s alma mater.
~ Bob Seal, Dean of University Libraries