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Exhibitions & Events

Highlights of ongoing and upcoming events from across Harvard's libraries. Find more events by visiting the Harvard Library calendar, or submit a library event.

 
 

Harvard and the Military

“To Serve Better Thy Country”: Four Centuries of Harvard and the Military is on view now in Pusey Library.

 

"To Serve Better Thy Country"
 
 

Exhibitions

 

The Bull Moose and the China Cabinet: Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Through Jan
31

Following the Republican Party’s nomination of incumbent William Howard Taft for president in 1912, supporters of Theodore Roosevelt’s candidacy formed the Progressive Party, which centered upon returning power to the people and creating a more equitable country by the right treatment of its citizens. For nearly 100 years, women had been fighting for equal rights on every front—education; labor; and intellectual, moral, legal, and human rights. Roosevelt’s Progressive Party placed women’s suffrage in its official platform. It was the first major political party to do so. This exhibition examines Roosevelt’s evolving position on women’s suffrage, and includes a page from his Harvard senior paper on women’s rights, correspondence, contemporary newspaper accounts and political cartoons, and artifacts documenting the role and influence of the women in Roosevelt’s life. It is on display through January 31, 2017, in the Theodore Roosevelt Gallery in Pusey Library. 

 

ICA Photography Exhibition: I Am. You Are. We Can.

Through Feb
10
ICA Photography Exhibition

A teen-curated collection of new photographs made during the Introduction to Digital Photography Class and the Advanced Digital Photography Class at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston this past fall. Curators worked collaboratively to choose the images, based on the show’s theme.The ICA’s award-winning teen program has grown exponentially in the past decade, now serving approximately 7,000 area youths annually. The exhibition is open through February 10 in the Gutman Library Gallery. 

 

"To Serve Better Thy Country": Four Centuries of Harvard and the Military

Through Feb
17
"To Serve Better Thy Country"

Two of America’s oldest institutions—Harvard University and the United States military—have histories that are deeply woven together. For more than 350 years, in periods of both peace and conflict, members of the Harvard community have dedicated themselves to military service in a variety of ways. Spanning four centuries, the items presented here illustrate the significant relationship between Harvard and the military at several key moments in Harvard’s history, beginning with the founding of the University and the nation in the colonial period and ending with Harvard’s evolving relationships in the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition will be on view in Pusey Library through February 17. 

 

A Burlesque Artist in Cairo: Miss Kitty Lord, 1908–1912

Through Feb
28
Miss Kitty Lord

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.

 

Collecting at Houghton Now

Through Mar
30
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

Through Mar
31
French treatise on marriage bound in printed sheets that look like floral wallpaper

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

Through Apr
19
Map of the Fire in Tokyo

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

Through Apr
22
HIST 75H

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.   

 
 

Events

 

Inside Out: The Anatomy of Books: Graphic Techniques

Tue
Jan
17
Anatomy graphic

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

Tue
Jan
17
Teacher in front of class

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

Wed
Jan
18
Anatomy graphic

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

Thu
Jan
19

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

Fri
Jan
20
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

Tue
Jan
24
Why They Do It

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

Mon
Jan
30
Illuminated manuscript

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.