Halloween Post: Hugh Atkinson

Don’t ever try telling me that archivists don’t know how to have fun! Case in point: Our intrepid assistant and blogger Rory Grennan is paying homage to former University Librarian Hugh Atkinson today, with a bit of a nod to the fact that many archivists (and librarians) at Illinois now bike to work.  Do you see the resemblance???

Hugh Atkinson

Rory Grennan

If you want to check out more information about Atkinson or other librarians, including those who didn’t wear cowboy boots, check out the pages linked from our subject guide to resources in Library History.

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  • Scott Schwartz

    Hey — Rory I see the resemblance with you and Hugh, but the wheels on the bike need a little fattening up. Love the laugh. scott

  • Emma

    Rory, all your dreams are coming true! :)

  • Dina Allen

    The University Archives should have purchased a motorcycle to recreate a more historic portrayal. (Or at the very least rented you one for the day). Nice homage.

  • Mathew Rayman

    Someone ought to commission a statue of this

  • Lindy

    The Atkinson photo doesn’t look like it was taken at Illinois. Any idea where it’s from?

    • I believe it was taken at Ohio State University.

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