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Valentine's Day in the Harvard Library Collection

February 11, 2014—Explore Valentine's Day through the Harvard Library collection: 

The Valentine's Day card Julia Child and her husband Paul sent to friends in the 1950s, part of the Julia Child Papers at Schlesinger Library.

“Reading improves the mind, they say. Are you fond of reading, pray?” A pick-up line from a 19th-century parlor game at Houghton Library.

"A pictorial map of Loveland," with the Bay of Bliss, Carefree Cave, Lovers' Leap and the Isle of Plenty from the Harvard Map Collection.

"If you find that your heart is mine, I will be the happiest man in the world," from a love letter at Schlesinger Library.

"Be mine, you nasty and ugly and crabbed old scold," from a collection of rare 19th-century hand-drawn valentines at Houghton Library.

Read love letters from George Bernard Shaw's correspondence with actresses Ellen Terry and Mrs. Patrick Campbell from the Harvard Theatre Collection.

Bachelor DoctorLove Calls the DoctorA Doctor's Affair—just a few titles from the Schlesinger’s collection of best-selling medical romances by Elizabeth Seifert.

"I shall ever be your dearest love," wrote John Keats to Fanny Brawne during their star-crossed romance.

"The meanest reptile on earth," claimed the plaintiff's attorney in an 1818 trial of a runaway groom.