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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.

 
 

The World of Walter Crane

A new Houghton Library exhibition opens on Monday, September 21.

The World of Walter Crane
 
 

Exhibitions

 

Such a Curious Dream!: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at 150

Through Sep
5

This exhibition features unique, colorful and curious Carrolliana from the early 1860s to the present. Drawn largely from the fabulous collection compiled by Harvard alumnus Harcourt Amory, the exhibition will include original drawings by illustrator John Tenniel, foreign editions of the book, parodies, theatrical works and ephemera. Not to be missed: Alice Liddell’s own copy of the suppressed first edition. The exhibition runs through September 5 at Houghton Library.

 

The Shadow of War: 20th-Century Historical Documents from the José María Castañé Collection

Through Sep
12
Stalin on Lenin

This exhibition of materials from the José María Castañé Collection shows the shadow of war as it fell across the world throughout the century, from the Russian Revolution to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The exhibition features documents by Joseph Stalin, Lev Trotsky, Harry Truman, and Charles de Gaulle, as well as photographs of the famous—Hitler at the third Nazi Party conference—and unknown—a selection of albums compiled by unidentified German soldiers. The Shadow of War is on display at Houghton Library through September 12.

 

Corita Kent: Footnotes and Headlines

Through Sep
18
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 September 18.

 

Georges F. Doriot: Educating Leaders, Building Companies

Through Oct
14
Georges F. Doriot

This Baker Library Historical Collections exhibit examines the career of Harvard Business School professor Georges F. Doriot (1899–1987), a legendary educator, a founder of the modern venture capital industry and a US Army general during World War II. It features selections from the Georges F. Doriot Collection—on permanent loan to Baker Library from the French Library and Cultural Center in Boston—that reveal the ideas and ideals of a man who played an important role in the emergence of the postwar entrepreneurial economy. The exhibition runs at Baker Library, Harvard Business School, through October 14.

 

The Ancestry of the Mother Road: Mapping Route 66

Through Oct
15

Route 66 looms large in American culture. In song and story, the mother road carries us to the promise of a better life. Traveling Route 66 is still the ultimate road trip even now as we pick our way along a road disrupted by the modern, looking for remnants of an earlier path. Route 66 was years in the making as Americans sought the best path from the East to the West, and is being remade even today, as it continues to hold a special place in the imagination of travelers and wanderers of all kinds. Railroad scouts and surveyors, early auto adventurers, dust bowl migrants, suburban road-tripping families, all following their own paths, but all on the same road. The exhibition runs through October 15 in the Pusey Library Gallery.

 

Occupied Cuba, 1898-1902: Photographs from the Theodore Roosevelt Collection

Through Dec
31

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. 

 
 

Events

 

Freshman Open House: Lamont & Beyond

Aug
31

The open house includes tours of Lamont Library, food, and prizes along with the opportunity to meet and talk with staff from other libraries and learn about library resources. Also, open house visitors should be on the lookout for the open house’s mischievous mascot.

 

Tour of Widener Library

Sep
3

Tours of Widener Library are offered every Thursday for all currently affiliated Harvard faculty, staff, students and visiting scholars. Conducted by research and reference librarians, the tour includes an introduction to Widener's collections, orientation to the facilities, including the reading rooms and the stacks and an explanation of services available to researchers. All tours begin just beyond the Security Desk at the main (Yard) entrance of the building.

 

Tour of Houghton Library

Sep
4
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.

 

Harvard-Yenching Bibliographic Orientation: Korean Resources

Sep
10

Harvard-Yenching Library is offering bibliographic orientation sessions to introduce students to the most important Harvard-Yenching resources in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. These orientation sessions last about one hour.

 

José María Castañé Collection Celebration at Houghton Library

Sep
11

Please join Harvard Library to celebrate the gift of the José María Castañé Collection. Remarks by Charles S. Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard. A reception will follow. 

 

Harvard-Yenching Bibliographic Orientation: Japanese Resources

Sep
15

Harvard-Yenching Library is offering bibliographic orientation sessions to introduce students to the most important Harvard-Yenching resources in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. These orientation sessions last about one hour.

 

Harvard-Yenching Bibliographic Orientation: Chinese Resources

Sep
16

Harvard-Yenching Library is offering bibliographic orientation sessions to introduce students to the most important Harvard-Yenching resources in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. These orientation sessions last about one hour.

 

The Teaching Library: Research and Learning Support in 21st-Century Libraries and Special Collections

Sep
16

Join us for a panel discussion, featuring moderator Fernando M. Reimers of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and panelists Kelly E. Miller of the University of Miami and Jay Satterfield of Dartmouth College. They will discuss the expansive and continually evolving role that academic libraries play in supporting the teaching mission of the university, and introduce the Harvard community to cutting-edge ideas and current best practices in academic library research support from two complementary perspectives: general research/teaching/learning (RTL), and special collections. Part of the Strategic Conversations at Harvard Library series. 

 

Historical Theories and Management of Obstetrical Pain: Medical Perspectives from the 19th-Century US

Sep
17

Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine: Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, McLean Hospital and Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Speaker: Miriam Rich, PhD candidate, History of Science Department, Harvard University. Free and open to the public.

 

Gutman Library Distinguished Author Series: The Prize—Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

Sep
21

When Mark Zuckerberg announced in front of a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the downtrodden Newark Schools—and to solve the education crisis in every city in America—it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a city’s seasoned education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-a-year system. It’s a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s children. In The Prize, Dale Russakoff delivers a riveting drama of our times, encompassing the rise of celebrity politics, big philanthropy, extreme economic inequality, the charter school movement, and the struggles and triumphs of schools in one of the nation’s poorest cities. It’s an absorbing portrait of a titanic struggle, indispensable for anyone who cares about the future of public education and the nation’s children.

 

Hofer Lecture: A for Art, B for Books, C for Crane

Sep
30

Walter Crane (1845–1915), the great Victorian artist and illustrator, was praised during his lifetime but afterwards soon forgotten. In the centennial year of his death, Francesca Tancini, art historian and curator of the Federico Zeri Foundation’s Art Library, University of Bologna, outlines the life and work of this outstanding figure, drawing on the resources of the Caroline Miller Parker Collection of Works by Walter Crane at Houghton Library and emphasizing the importance of this extraordinary collection.