Bach to Bach
Joint exhibitions at Houghton Library and Loeb Music Library mark the 300th anniversary of composer C.P.E. Bach’s birth.
Harvard, Cornell, Stanford Libraries Project Receives Grant
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a nearly $1 million, two-year grant to support an investigation using Linked Data and the Semantic Web to improve discovery and access of scholarly information by the three libraries.
America’s First Book
An extremely rare copy of the Bay Psalm Book (1640), the first book printed in America, will be on display for a limited time. Harvard holds one of only 11 remaining copies.
The Colonial North America Project
An ambitious Library project digitizes and posts online tens of thousands of documents from archival collections at Harvard and beyond.
The Digital Dickinson
A sophisticated site gathers her poems, in her handwriting, for all to see and study.
New Library VP Sees Opportunities Ahead
In a move that brings together the leadership of the libraries of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the Harvard Library under a single individual, Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, has been named to carry forward plans for increased cooperation and communication as the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Undergraduate Book Collecting Award Winners Recognized
This year's winners of the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting were recognized at a reception in Widener Library. The Prize is awarded annually to recognize and encourage book collecting by Harvard undergraduates.
Library Acquires Original Star Trek Writers' Guide
The original, photocopied handbook from 1967, part of Houghton Library's large science fiction collection, includes intriguing details on the original TV show's ethos, characters, terminology and spaceship.
Spring Exams 2013: Library Hours & Services
Cramming at 2am? Lamont is open 24/7. Prefer a fireplace? Go to Gutman. Study break? Borrow a bike from the Law School Library. Freaking out? Check out Cooper, a therapy dog, from Countway.
Hofer Prize Winners Announced
The annual prize, named for Philip Hofer ’21, a former curator of Houghton Library, is given to students whose collection of books or works of art fulfill “the traditions of breadth, coherence and imagination” exemplified by Hofer.
Gutman Library Renovation Certified LEED Platinum
The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s 2012 renovation of Gutman Library’s first and second floor was recently recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), receiving LEED Platinum certification.
Mirror With a Memory
The Harvard University Archives' exhibit displays photographs and other artifacts spotlighting Harvard in the Civil War era.
HLS and the Road to Marriage Equality
The Caspersen Room in the Harvard Law School Library is currently displaying an exhibit documenting the involvement of HLS students, faculty and alumni in the long road to marriage equality.
Alpha, Beta, Zeega
Zeega is a Harvard Library Lab project that revolutionizes interactive storytelling by allowing users to harness text, images and audio from the Web.
Portraits of a Vanished Indian Life
Two photo albums at Harvard's Tozzer Library contain more than one thousand rare images of 19th century Native Americans.
A Tuned-In Savior
Harvard graduate student Rachel Vandagriff "discovered" a treasure trove of materials related to new music champion Paul Fromm and created an exhibit at Loeb Music Library.
Biodiversity Heritage Library Receives Computerworld Laureate Award
The Biodiversity Heritage Library, co-founded by Harvard's Botany Library and Ernst Mayr Library, was named a 2013 Laureate by the Computerworld Honors Program.
More than 400 glass models of marine creatures in the Library collection are so delicate that they rarely, if ever, go on public display.
Harvard Library Quirky Collections
Bathing trunks, breathable chocolate, musket balls: read about odd acquisitions in the Harvard Library collection.
From 1976-96, Harvard Square pedestrians entered the Phone-a-Poem installation, dialed, and heard poems read by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and others recorded on an answering machine.
A Harvard Law School Library Exhibit demonstrates America's appetite for tawdry and salacious crime, long before O.J. or Oscar.
Library's New Page Delivery Service Optimizes Tablet Display
Read about the Harvard Library's tablet version of the Page Delivery Service, designed to provide significant benefits to Harvard's researchers.
Valentine's Day in the Harvard Library Collection
"Be mine, you nasty and ugly and crabbed old scold," states a rare 19th century hand-drawn valentine--explore (and enjoy!) Valentine’s Day through the Harvard Library collection.
The Emancipation Proclamation Now
On the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, read about its ongoing impact and the rare miniature version, printed for freed slaves, in the Houghton Library collection.
A Remembrance of Things Proust
Read about a semester-long exhibit at Houghton Library, "Private Proust: Letters and Drawings to Reynaldo Hahn," on the 100th anniversary of the publication of Proust's Swann's Way.
Harvard Film Archive Films Now Searchable Through Library Catalog
The majority of the Harvard Film Archive's records--representing more than 23,000 films and videotapes--are now searchable through the Harvard Library catalog, HOLLIS.
Harvard-Yenching Library Joins Borrow Direct
More than 400,000 items from the Harvard-Yenching Library collection are now accessible to Harvard's Borrow Direct partners, in addition to the approximately 6.5 million items from Harvard's collections previously made available to Borrow Direct partners.
Note Taking in a Clickable Age
Read about the Take Note Symposium, which included tours to see items in several Harvard libraries.
Girls Who Rock Out
"She likes death metal and bunnies at the same time." Read about Girls Rock!, a documentary that follows girls attending the Girls Rock Camp, screened at a Schlesinger Library Movie Night.
Library Lab Puts on a Show
Read about the Harvard Library Lab's Showcase, a campus-wide exhibition of 28 Library Lab projects that make original contributions to the way libraries work.
Battle Cries of Freedom
Read an article about a Countway Library Center for the History of Medicine exhibit that explores how the Civil War challenged paradigms of death, medicine and mourning.
Libraries Re-Imagined: Harvard Opens a Pop-Up Labrary in Cambridge
BostonInno stops by the Labrary, a pop-up storefront space that explores how innovations in design can help libraries evolve.
The Publishing Industry Isn't Doomed
Fast Company quotes University Librarian Robert Darnton on the democratization of publishing.
A Place to Put All Those Curiosities
The New York Times reviews an exhibit at New York's Grolier Club which features several items from the Houghton Library collection.
Cookbooks Echo with the Wisdom of Chefs Past
The New York Times writes about marginalia in cookbooks, inlcuding those of Julia Child in the Schlesinger Library collection.
Read about a Harvard Wintersession boot camp for faculty, students and librarians focused on using new media in research, teaching and learning.
The Rise, Ruin of a China Trader
Read about a Baker Library online exhibit on the earliest days of the China trade and the successes and ultimate failure of a New England trader.
Santo Domingo Collection Chronicles Cultural Backdrop of Sex, Drugs
The Santo Domingo Collection at Harvard features art, literature and popular culture artifacts related to achieving altered states of mind.
Chronicle: Harvard Library Innovation Lab
Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab projects featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Harvard to Contribute Special Collections Materials to Digital Public Library of America
The Harvard Library plans to share several collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)—becoming the first DPLA content hub.
The Art of Saving Art
Weissman conservators repair Le Corbusier and Miró works for the Carpenter Center.
Evidence of Greatness
Harvard Law School showcases the life and work of Joseph Story in an exhibit and digital suite.
Harvard Library to Adopt RDA
The Harvard Library plans to adopt Resource Description and Access (RDA), joining the three US national libraries—Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library and peers—in implementing the new code.
Edward Lear's Natural History
"The Natural History of Edward Lear," on display at Houghton Library, shows the famed nonsense writer’s early devotion to painting, and sketching.
Old Japan, Online
“Early Photography of Japan,” a virtual collection of more than 2,000 images from three Harvard University libraries, documents the early history of Japanese commercial photography, and reflects the Western image of traditional Japanese culture before the modernization that occurred during the Meiji period (1868–1912).
Guides to the Gallows
The Law School's "Dying Speeches and Bloody Murders" collection captures 19th century English trials and executions.
Widener’s Slavic Division Boasts Rich Collection from across the Region
Macedonian President Ivanov recently presented a gift of 130 books of Macedonia literature to the Slavic Collection during recent visit to Harvard.
Sensibly Saving Jane Austen
Two of her fragile letters, owned by Harvard, undergo painstaking repair at the Library's Weissman Preservation Center.
Provost Alan Garber on Harvard Library Launch
"I am confident that the remarkable strengths of our libraries, and particularly the people who bring them to life, will allow us to build a Harvard Library that will set the standard now and in the future."
Updike's Roots and Evolution
"John Updike: A Glimpse from the Archive" at Houghton Library explores how Updike, a boy from rural Pennsylvania, became Updike the international literary icon.
Boston Globe: Julia Child Turns 100 at Radcliffe
The Boston Globe features the Julia Child Collection at the Schlesinger Library on Child's centenary celebration.
A Julia-Worthy Feast
Materials from the Julia Child Collection at the Schlesinger Library highlight Julia's work, marriage and joie de vivre.
Harvard's Best Listeners
The Library's audio team makes high-end digital copies of audio artifacts, some in fragile or rare formats.
The New York Times: Harvard Releases Big Data for Books
The New York Times covers the Harvard Library's release of nearly 100% of its records—more than 12 million from 73 libraries.
US News and World Report: Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption?
US News & World Report explores academic journals and the Library Faculty Advisory Council's warning on their cost.
The Art of American Advertising, 1865-1910
The growing volume of mass-produced and mass-distributed goods after the Civil War fueled the creation of diverse forms of advertising media. The Art of American Advertising, 1865-1910 examines the ways in which an emerging advertising industry reached a national market with innovative printing technologies and marketing strategies that crossed the boundaries of art and commerce. This exhibitions runs through April 5, 2014.
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Intellectual and Musical Life and Legacy of an Original Genius
C.P.E. Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach, became one of the most prolific and influential composers of the 18th century. His oeuvre encompassed virtually every musical genre of the time, except opera, and he wrote one of the most important and enduring music treatises on keyboard instruments. During his lifetime, he enjoyed a high reputation, and his music was widely distributed in print and in manuscript. Drawing on a wealth of materials at Harvard, with a selection of important items generously lent by other institutions and individuals, Houghton Library and the Loeb Music Library mounted complementary exhibitions to celebrate the 300th birthday of C.P.E. Bach.
Beyond Cambridge: Two Centuries of Harvard Law School Faculty Work in and on Africa
It’s no secret that Harvard Law School faculty do not—and have not—restricted their time and knowledge to the confines of Harvard. This exhibit focuses on the experience of four faculty members in Africa. The faculty, Simon Greenleaf, Arthur Sutherland, Erwin Griswold and Roger Fisher, did work ranging from the promotion of education in Liberia in the mid-19th century to involvement in South Africa during the country’s transition from apartheid to free elections in the late 20th century—and donated their respective papers and manuscripts to the Harvard Law School Library.
Theodore Roosevelt: “How I Love Sagamore Hill”
Houghton Library opens the New Year with selections from a photographic series by Xiomáro, a New York artist commissioned by the National Park service to photograph the interiors of Theodore Roosevelt's “Summer Whitehouse” at what is now Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Xiomáro’s photographs show the house in a historically rare condition: the 23-room mansion, usually chock full of furnishings and mementos, was nearly vacant as part of a three-year, $7.2 million structural rehabilitation. The exhibit is unique in that Xiomáro’s photographs do not solely focus on TR, but also draw attention to his wife, children and servants to give a sense of what life was like in the household.
Japan(ese) by Design: Tracing Aesthetic Lineage and Cultural Identity in Japanese Architecture
The Frances Loeb Library continues its collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Design community in its latest installation of its established Daylighting Research: Surfacing Harvard Library Collections series, which serves as a forum to display curated “book lists” from the Harvard Library collections. This semester Harvard hosts two exhibitions focused on Japanese architecture: the Junya Ishigami exhibition "Another Nature" and "The Thinking Hand: Tools and Traditions of the Japanese Carpenter." One represents a dominant trajectory in contemporary Japanese architecture—toward the white, the transparent, the ephemeral—the other looks to Japan’s pre-modern past—to craft, materiality, and the tangible.
Exhibition: From Code Books to 'Love Story'
This exhibition features an array of staff selections that reveal the wide range of the Archives’ collections. Items on exhibition include the code book used by Harvard president Charles W. Eliot to communicate with staff while he travelled, drawings for a perpetual motion machine found among the papers of astronomer Fred Whipple, an 18th-century iron spike from the roof of Massachusetts Hall and much more.
Judy Chicago: Through the Archives
This exhibition at the Schlesinger Library explores Judy Chicago, an artist, author, feminist, educator and intellectual whose career now spans five decades. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is attested to by her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Chicago's teaching and use of women’s history and “women's crafts” revolve around her belief that “female experience could be construed to be every bit as central to the larger human condition as is the male.” The exhibition runs through September 30, 2014.
Exhibition: Silvia Gmür Reto Gmür Architekten
In 1964, Le Corbusier wrote in a letter to Carlo Ottolenghi, the director of the Venice Hospital: Un hôpital est une maison d'homme comme le logis est aussi une "maison d'homme" (A hospital is a house for man, as the habitation is the "house for man"). This same conviction is the reason we have been engaged in healthcare architecture for many years, striving for the creation of 'humane' hospitals through the combination of both theoretical research and practical building experience. Our philosophy is that a good hospital should have the qualities of a good city (spatial organization and circulation) of good public spaces (communal areas) and of good housing (nursing areas).In the end it is this combination of institution and humanity that nurtures well-being, a positive atmosphere, a sense of community, trust, protection and intimacy, which finally translates into an architecture of light and space, order, measure and rhythm. This exhibition runs through March 23, 2014.
Harvard-Yenching Bibliographic Orientation: Japanese Resources
Harvard-Yenching Library will introduce the most important resources in the Japanese language.
Harvard-Yenching Bibliographic Orientation: Chinese Resources
Harvard-Yenching Library will introduce the most important resources in the Chinese language.
Tour of Widener Library
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.
Harvard-Yenching Bibliographic Orientation: Korean Resources
Harvard-Yenching Library will introduce the most important resources in the Korean language.
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.
Film Screening: Day of the Outlaw
Part of the Harvard Film Archive's Fortunes of the Western series. Day of the Outlaw was directed by André DeToth and stars Robert Ryan, Burl Ives and Tina Louise. US, 1959.
Discursives: Bibliographic Sound Track and The Ph.D. Sound
The Woodberry Poetry Room's Spring 2014 Discursives series presents two lectures by poet and theorist Tan Lin. In "Bibliographic Sound Track," Lin explores various communications platforms such as Twitter, SMS, status updates, IM chats, programming languages, video-game walk-throughs, the couplet, the overhead transparency and the PowerPoint bullet point as they affect reading and genre. In "The Ph.D. Sound," he maps the intersection of bibliographies, the smell of wet spanghum peat moss, the perfume Wet London Pavement, Glade Everglade Air Freshener and the music of New Order and Lucky Dragons. ("The Ph.D. Sound" includes a soundtrack by Mosco Uno.) Free and open to the public. "Please keep your cellphones on."
The Creeley Collective: A Gathering to Celebrate Robert Creeley's Letters
Poets, editors, scholars, colleagues, friends and readers are invited to join Penelope Creeley, Ruth Lepson, Kaplan Harris and Rod Smith (co-editors of The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley) for this informal, free-form gathering that will feature impromptu readings from the Creeley letters (copies will be on hand) as well as the sharing of reminiscences and rare materials. Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.
The Qianlong Emperor's Copper-Plate Engravings
The Philip and Frances Hofer Lecture with Marcia Reed, chief curator at the Getty Research Institute. In the late 18th century, the Chinese Emperor’s commission for European-style prints of his victories in East Turkestan was accomplished by the French royal printmakers. When their engravings of the “Conquests of the Emperor of China” were delivered, the French also sent two printing presses to China together with the original copper plates. The French suite of battle prints initiated a series of Chinese copper-engraved suites. This lecture describes the extensive collection of the Qianlong Emperor’s print suites (including an original copper plate), which William A. Jackson acquired for the Houghton Library in 1956.
Out of Sight: Off-Site Records Storage
This workshop organized by Harvard University Archives Records Management will present the step-by-step process of sending records to off-site storage at the Records Center.
Film Screening: Womanish Ways
Directed by Marion Bethel BI '98. Womanish Ways is a history of the woman suffrage movement in the Bahamas. Marion Bethel will be in attendance for questions and discussion. The theme of this year's film series at the Schlesinger Library is "‛Cliffe Connections: Films by Radcliffe Grads and Fellows.” Admission is free and open to the public.
Reinventing the Workshop: The Lines of Others
Embodying poetry through reading, engagement with meter via breath and movement—these have followed the writing of poetry from antiquity all the way to contemporary poetics. In this workshop, presented by Ana Božiĉević (author of Rise in the Fall), audience members will engage directly with each other's work by exploring a system of performative critique. After a short conversation about performance in poetry, reading techniques and the intersection of poetry and theater, participants will be encouraged to exchange work and challenge themselves to comment on one another's writing—and critique it—through reading and performance. A brief reading will take place at 5:00pm, with an intermission prior to the workshop at 6:00. Attendees are welcome to attend one or both events. A book-signing will follow. Free and open to the public.
What Are You Reading and What Are You Saying?: Reading and Writing Practices Between the American Revolution and the Civil War
Mary Kelley of the University of Michigan will speak at this Boston Seminar Series on the History of Women and Gender event, cosponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
The Poet's Voice: Charles Bernstein, Rosmarie Waldrop & Peter Waterhouse
One of Austria’s leading poets and innovators, Peter Waterhouse—author of Krieg und Welt and Language Death Night Outside (trans. Rosmarie Waldrop)—will be joined by poets Charles Bernstein (author of Recalculating and All the Whiskey in Heaven and co-director of Penn Sound) and Rosmarie Waldrop (author of Curves to the Apple and Driven to Abstraction) for a multilingual, omnidirectional evening of readings. A book-signing will follow. Free and open to the public.
The Versatorium Playbook: How to Do Things with Translation
Austrian poet and novelist Peter Waterhouse and his collaborators at the University of Vienna have created an aesthetics laboratory for new approaches to translation as composition, deformance, and exchange. In this lively and thought-provoking seminar, Waterhouse, Rosmarie Waldrop and Charles Bernstein will explore the poetics of transduction, substitution, and transformation, in their own work as well in translations of each other's work from English to German and German to English. Co-sponsored by Rethinking Translation. Free and open to the public.
This workshop, organized by Harvard University Archives Records Management, will introduce methods for gaining control of e-mail and managing it according to Harvard records policies, as well as provide tips on how to organize your e-mail.
Reinventing the Workshop: Thinking in Situations
The Woodberry Poetry Room's grand finale event of spring 2014 features poet and visual artist Jen Bervin (of The Gorgeous Nothings and Nets) exploring the rich vein of experimental teaching approaches pioneered at Black Mountain College. In a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, this workshop will discover sounds, materials and language within the Woodberry Poetry Room using techniques pioneered by Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage and others. A book-signing will follow. Free and open to the public.
Film Screening: Girlfriends
Directed by Claudia Weill '69. A struggling photographer and her best friend share an apartment in Manhattan until one of them decides to marry and move out. The theme of this year's film series at the Schlesinger Library is "‛Cliffe Connections: Films by Radcliffe Grads and Fellows.” Admission is free and open to the public.