Corita Kent: Footnotes and Headlines
Drawn from the Schlesinger Library’s collection of artist Corita Kent’s papers, letters, and images, this exhibition explores her career, artistic process, teaching, and activism. Corita Kent: Footnotes and Headlines is on view on the first floor of the Schlesinger Library, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm, until December 4.
100 Years of Chinese Piano Music
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first publication of piano music in China. To commemorate the occasion, the Shanghai Conservatory Press produced a ten-volume anthology of piano works by Chinese composers which documents the evolution of expression from a relatively simple use of pianistic techniques to a gradual assimilation of Western musical styles. This exhibition traces that development by showcasing signature works and personalities along with milestone events in that eventful century of piano music in China. It is on display in the French Gallery of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library through December 18.
The World of Walter Crane
The English artist Walter Crane (1845–1915) is best known for the colorful illustrations he created for a series of children's books that retold fairy tales or nursery rhymes or taught counting or the letters of the alphabet. He was also a prolific illustrator of other kinds of work, both texts of his own composition and works by others, and he painted in watercolor and oil, designed wallpapers, stained glass, and ceramics, and published books on the principles of design and decoration. The exhibition explores various aspects of Crane’s career using materials drawn from the Caroline Miller Parker Collection of Works by Walter Crane at Houghton Library. It is on display in Houghton's Edison and Newman Room through December 19.
Occupied Cuba, 1898-1902: Photographs from the Theodore Roosevelt Collection
The years between the end of the Cuban War of Independence in 1898, facilitated by United States involvement as part of the Spanish-American War, and the proclamation of the Cuban Republic in 1902 were a time of much change and transition in Cuba. After the last of the Spanish troops left Cuba in 1898, the United States took over the governance of Cuba. Occupied Cuba brings together some documentary photographs of this time gathered from Harvard’s Theodore Roosevelt Collection. The exhibition is on display in Pusey Library's Theodore Roosevelt Gallery through December 31.
What are your other lives? The individuals represented in this exhibition were at one time professionally employed in ministry or as academics in the field of religion, but were also accomplished in another academic or artistic realm. For some, ministry was a later (or earlier) career; for others, art, history, or science was pursued simultaneously. These examples from Andover-Harvard Theological Library special collections demonstrate that there is more to a person than is represented through primary academic or ministerial output. The exhibition runs through January 1, 2016 at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library.
One Text, Sixteen Manuscripts: Magna Carta at the Harvard Law School Library
First written in 1215, the ideas of liberty and human rights contained in and derived from England’s Magna Carta (the Great Charter) have persisted for 800 years. They have provided inspiration for developments in law now enshrined in constitutions and treaties across the world. The survival and resonance of those ideas is reflected in the manuscripts in this exhibit. The Harvard Law School Library owns close to 30 manuscript copies of Magna Carta; a few favorites are presented here. The exhibition is on view daily in the Caspersen Room through March 11, 2016.
Opening New Worlds: The Colonial North American Project
The Opening New Worlds exhibition shines a spotlight on some of the remarkable material and work that is part of the multi-year Colonial North American Project at Harvard University. The materials in the exhibition are from the historical collections in the libraries and archives of Harvard Business School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Law School, Harvard University Archives, Houghton Library, and the Loeb Music Library. The exhibition is on view daily in Pusey Library through March 2016.
This workshop will introduce University staff to the methods for gaining control of email and managing it according to Harvard records policies. The workshop will also provide tips on how to organize your email.
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.
Hokusai's Book: Art and Commerce in 19th-Century Japan
Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese artist (1760–1849), had illustrated hundreds of volumes of books in addition to being a multi-talented artist of his time. A public lecture by Ellis Tinios, Honorary Lecturer in the School of History, University of Leeds, visiting researcher at the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto) and special assistant to the Japanese Section of the Department of Asia, British Museum.
George Parker Winship Lecture: Inventing Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography
The 104th George Parker Winship Lecture, held on the occasion of a conjunction with the Rare Book School session at Harvard, is on “Inventing Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography” by Christopher Hunter.
BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
A book talk with author John Palfrey, head of school at Phillips Academy, Andover; founding President of the Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America; and former Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. Part of the Strategic Conversations series.