A Burlesque Artist in Cairo: Miss Kitty Lord, 1908–1912
Miss Kitty Lord graced international stages with her singing burlesque acts from 1894 to 1915. She performed in theater programs at the major music halls of London and toured extensively, becoming an international “eccentric star.” The postcards displayed at the Fine Arts Library date from her tours to Cairo, Egypt, where she performed seasonally at the Théâtre des Nouveautés du Caire from 1908 to 1912. Kitty's postcards offer a unique micro-history of Egypt during this period, providing views of bustling street life in Cairo and Alexandria alongside ethnographic portraits of Egypt's inhabitants. Her postcards also shed light on historical tourism of ancient and Islamic monuments, through which we can catch glimpses of now-demolished (or heavily altered) sites. The exhibition is open until February 28 at the Fine Arts Library.
"Sublime and Manifest": The American Romanticism of John James Audubon
Curated by Houghton Library Undergraduate Fellow Jess Clay '17. Open through February 28 on Fridays at 2:00 pm and by appointment in the Keats Room of Houghton Library.
Collecting at Houghton Now
Since 1942, Houghton’s founding collections have been greatly augmented by a curatorial team whose responsibilities are now divided by period or theme. Today’s curators balance consolidating Houghton’s areas of traditional strength, and forging new directions to better serve the library’s mission to support teaching and research. This exhibition introduces you to Houghton’s curators, showcases some of their recent acquisitions, and reveals their plans for the future of the collections. It is on display in Houghton Library's Amy Lowell Room through March 30.
Deep Cuts: The B-Side of Historical and Special Collections
The Harvard Law School Library’s Historical and Special Collections (HSC) is home to one of the largest collections of rare legal materials in the world. The “A-side” of HSC comprises the popular items people expect to find when they visit HSC in person and online—rare books, illuminated manuscripts, collections of scholarly papers. But this exhibit is about the B-side of HSC: the bizarre, the unusual, the hidden gems. Locks of hair, fabric flowers, books bound in wallpaper, recordings in nearly obsolete formats, long-forgotten student publications, and surprising items in otherwise traditional collections of faculty papers...it’s all here in the B-side of HSC. On display in the Caspersen Room of Harvard Law School Library through March 2017.
Where Disaster Strikes: Modern Space and the Visualization of Destruction
Fires, volcanoes, floods, bombs, droughts, (and monsters). We can easily understand their effect on the built and natural landscape because they happen so suddenly. The Harvard Map Collection invites you to see 350 years of maps that visualize the sudden devastation of disaster, from the London Fire of 1666 through the bombing of Hiroshima to the cities we see destroyed in our movies. Through these maps, we can see how our modern spaces define what counts as disaster and how disasters continue to shape the spaces around us. The exhibition is on display in Pusey Library through April 19.
HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library
Each year, Harvard faculty lead hundreds of class sessions at Houghton Library, introducing generations of students to the learning and research potential of the University’s rich and varied special collections. Their ever-evolving perspectives constantly invigorate collections in the library’s care. As part of its 75th anniversary, Houghton invites you to take part in this masterclass with Harvard’s world-renowned teachers and scholars by choosing your own track through this exhibition, on view in the Edison and Newman Room through April 22.
Inside Out: The Anatomy of Books: Graphic Techniques
Books don’t just contain words. As physical objects they are bodies of evidence for the production and reception of a text. Learn how to “read” a book like never before through three hands-on seminars on printing, illustration and bibliographic description that examine the anatomy of books. Graphic Techniques: Learn how to identify and distinguish between the different kinds of printed images produced between the early 1400s and the mid-20th century. View and examine examples of different prints, including woodcuts, engravings, and lithographs, as well as actual wood blocks, copperplates, and other material artifacts used to make printed pictures. Registration is required.
Teaching with Technology
This is an intermediate-level Art of Teaching workshop covering: why, when, and how to use technology in library instruction; creating effective visual aids; and technology tips and tricks. Registration is required.
Inside Out: The Anatomy of Books: Descriptive Bibliography
Books don’t just contain words. As physical objects they are bodies of evidence for the production and reception of a text. Learn how to “read” a book like never before through three hands-on seminars on printing, illustration and bibliographic description that examine the anatomy of books. Descriptive Bibliography: This class will teach you how to describe and understand descriptions of books as material objects. Through close examination of paper, watermarks, format, type, binding and provenance, you will master the principles of descriptive bibliography and its significance to textual analysis and the history of the book. Registration is required.
Tour of Widener Library
Widener Library tours are offered every Thursday at 3 pm, except University holidays and Commencement. Tours are open to current Harvard affiliates. The tours provide an introduction to Widener Library’s collections, an orientation to the building and an explanation of services available to library patrons. All tours begin in the main lobby of Widener, and will last approximately one hour. No registration is required.
Tour of Houghton Library
Public tours of Houghton Library are offered every Friday at 2 pm. Attendees receive a general introduction to the library, followed by a tour of the Emily Dickinson, Amy Lowell and John Keats rooms, as well as the suite devoted to the Donald & Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson. Those wishing to take the tour should meet in the Houghton Library lobby. Reservations are not required.
Books@Baker with Professor Eugene Soltes
From the financial fraudsters of Enron, to the embezzlers at Tyco, to the insider traders at McKinsey, to the Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, the failings of corporate titans are regular fixtures in the news. But what drives wealthy and powerful people to white-collar crime? Harvard Business School professor Eugene Soltes draws from extensive personal interaction and correspondence with nearly 50 former executives as well as the latest research in psychology, criminology, and economics to investigate how once-celebrated executives become white-collar criminals. The product of seven years in the company of the men behind the largest corporate crimes in history, Why They Do It is a breakthrough look at the dark side of the business world.
Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts
Several Harvard staff members recently presented posters at an international conference on “Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts” held at the Fitzwilliam Museum in London. Paper conservators Debora Mayer and Penley Knipe will summarize their research on pigments of manuscripts from Islamic and European origins, and then will present an overview of the rest of the conference.