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Bicycling: Getting Started

Bicycle LibGuide

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About this LibGuide

Start your research on bicycles and bicycling here.

Bicycle History: information on the design and cultural history of bicycles.

Bicycles Today: books on sustainability, urban design, planning for cyclists, bike commuting, bicycle design, and social aspects of biking.

Find Articles: links to databases available to Northwestern students, faculty, and staff.

Statistics: links to government agencies and other resources to find statistics on bicycling.

Primary Sources: early publications on bicycles and other primary sources available in the Transportation Library and elsewhere.

Resources: for beginning and veteran riders: sources of news, information, bike commuting tips, maps, podcasts, and more.

Bicycles on Paper - Online Exhibit

Bicycles on Paper

As it is today, the bicycle at the turn of the 20th century was a form of transportation, recreation, amusement, and a creator of community. This exhibition looks at bicycles in all of these forms through printed matter in the collection of Northwestern University’s Transportation Library.

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Frances Willard - Online Exhibit


Radical Woman in a Classic Town: Frances Willard of Evanston

An online exhibit from Northwestern University Archives

Social reformer Frances Willard (1839-1898) was known world-wide for her charismatic speaking and for her leadership of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the largest woman's organization of its time. But Willard always maintained a bond with Evanston, her hometown from 1858 until her death.

Using historic photographs, documents, and artifacts from the Northwestern University Archives, along with items on loan from the Frances Willard House Museum in Evanston, this exhibit puts Willard in the context of the Classic Town (as she called Evanston) that helped shape her reformist vision.