July 16, 2013—Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, honorary curator of the culinary collection at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, led a week-long seminar, “Reading Historic Cookbooks: A Structured Approach,” at the Schlesinger from June 2 through 7. Sixteen participants from as far away as Australia and Germany attended the seminar, which used Schlesinger’s robust collection of cookbooks to analyze ingredients, preparation, utensils and even language.
Laura Richardson, a retired journalist from Wyoming, found out about the course as she was conducting her research for a book on the history of the layer cake at a local library. “One of the most thrilling aspects of being here is being in the same room with so many international cookbook readers and writers,” she said.
Wheaton began exploring cookbooks more than 50 years ago in Widener...read more
July 9, 2013—The Cambridge Archives Project hosted its “Fifth Annual Archives Crawl” June 17 through 21, which included the Harvard University Archives, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Cambridge Public Works Department, the Cambridge Freemasons Lodge and Christ Church. This year’s theme was “Spaces: Sacred & Profane.” The Harvard University Archives has been a stop on the tour for the last three years, and this year the Graduate School of Design’s Special Collections and the Property Information Resource Center (PIRC) also participated.
“This is a great event because it invites members of the general public—not just researchers and scholars—to see what we have in our collection,” said Virginia Hunt, associate university archivist for collection development and...read more
July 9, 2013—Every week, Marilyn Morgan, manuscript cataloger at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, leads Chair Yoga for Librarians in the Wadsworth House Conference Room. “I find that librarians especially tend to be very service-oriented and put themselves last,” Morgan said. “We often feel guilty about taking time for ourselves. This class is great because anyone can carve out 30 minutes once a week.”
The class starts with a simple breathing exercise to help ground and relax participants; it also serves to reset posture—which has a tendency to sag after a few hours in front of a screen. She then moves on to gentle neck stretches, seated spine twists and hand and wrist stretches, which are especially helpful for people who type a lot. Morgan ends with a series of stretches for hamstrings and hips. “I choose exercises that can...read more
July 2, 2013—On June 26, Dorothy Barr, public services librarian at the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, waited excitedly for museum curators and researchers to trickle in with dragonflies, a vial of cyanobacteria and a jar containing a preserved hagfish—all to be displayed in her exhibit “Biological Time” in the Northwest Building on Oxford Street.
Every six months, Barr—with the help of many Harvard staff, faculty and researchers—installs a new exhibit in the in the lobby of the building. “I choose my themes in part to help showcase what our faculty and researchers are already working on—and in part by what is most visually interesting,” she said. The idea for the previous exhibit on bioluminescence...read more
July 2, 2013—Theses and dissertations from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) are now publicly available in the Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) repository, following GSAS’s recent move from paper to electronic submissions. These works are also indexed in HOLLIS, which includes a link to the record in DASH.
Ben Finio’s “Roll, Pitch and Yaw Torque Control for a Robotic Bee” is one such dissertation, now openly available in DASH. Finio received his PhD in engineering sciences from Harvard and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University. In a video produced by the Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), Finio discusses his...read more