From the Collections of Harvard College Library, Events and Exhibitions 2014



At a Glance:
Early Methods of Cartographic Visualization
From their earliest manifestations, maps have embodied some form of data visualization. Whether describing geographical coordinates, navigational hazards, transportation routes, or the night sky, maps have served to distill the complexities of our observations and render them more readily comprehensible. However, the cartographic techniques used to depict topographical features and the built environment were often of limited utility in illustrating data derived from in-depth investigations of the physical universe, the biosciences, the economy, or the social system. This exhibit explores early experimentations in visualization impelled by the explosion of empirical data (and the infrastructure for collecting statistics) since the late 18th century. It includes thematic maps of disease, crime, geological strata, ethnographic patterns, and electoral results.

Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library
For details, please contact Joseph Garver at 617-496-3670 or



Frontispiece (1812) to Turner's Liber Studiorum. pf Typ 805.07.8530 – Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1957

Ruskin, Norton, and J. M. W. Turner's Liber Studiorum: Fine Arts Instruction at Oxford and Harvard
Between 1807 and 1819 the British artist J. M. W. Turner executed a series of exquisite landscape prints known collectively as the Liber Studiorum. Victorian art critic John Ruskin, an early champion and collector of Turner, recognized their utility as exemplars to prospective art students, and urged his lifelong friend Charles Eliot Norton to obtain Liber prints for Harvard. In their respective professorships of art at Oxford and Harvard, Ruskin and Norton influenced a generation of students, artists, museum curators, and collectors in their appreciation of Turner's work. This exhibition features original letters of Turner, Ruskin, and Norton; a copy of the Liber Studiorum; and Ruskin's own magnifying glass.

Amy Lowell Room, Houghton Library
For further information please contact Peter Accardo at or call 617-496-2047.


John Knowles Paine: Attainment and Legacy
The Loeb Music Library's latest exhibit examines the career of composer, educator, and Harvard's first professor of music, John Knowles Paine (1839-1906). Born in Maine to a musical family, Paine developed an early proficiency on the organ and piano, broadened his musical knowledge with composition studies in Germany (where he met and played for Clara Schumann, among other musical luminaries), and returned to settle in Boston, becoming University organist and choirmaster at Harvard’s Appleton Chapel in 1862. Paine was appointed full professor in 1875, by which time he had instituted a curriculum for the study of music which became the model for liberal arts institutions throughout the country. In the course of a long career, he trained a large group of future composers, critics, and music lovers, became the first American-born composer to achieve fame for large-scale compositions, many of which were heard abroad, and became known as the dean of American composers. The exhibit displays scores of many of his large-scale works, as well as several manuscripts of smaller items, traces Paine’s musical development throughout his Harvard years, and documents the reception and influence of his work over the course of a long and fruitful life in music.

Exhibit Area, Second Floor, Loeb Music Library
For details, please contact Patricia O'Brien at 617-495-2794



Circus, bound by Lester Capon

InsideOUT Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books
Fifty-nine binders and nine private presses from North America, Canada and Britain have collaborated to form an exhibition which demonstrates the relationship of the binding design to the printed book. Because many of the binders have chosen the same title to work on, it also highlights the differing approaches to the same text. Samples of the texts and illustrations are shown alongside the bindings. The relationship between private presses and bookbinders is longstanding and it is hoped that this extra element to the show will provide the viewer with a more rounded appreciation of the work on display. The curator is Lester Capon, Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, the organization that sponsored the exhibition for which these bindings were created.

An illustrated catalog can be obtained from the Designer Bookbinders Online Shop.

Please join us for an Exhibition Reception on Tuesday, November 4 from 5:30-7:00 Houghton Library in the Edison and Newman Room.

Remarks at 6:00 p.m.

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library
For details, please contact Hope Mayo at 617-495-2444 or



Theodore Roosevelt – "How I Love Sagamore Hill" by Xiomáro
Harvard University's Houghton Library opens the New Year with selections from this photographic series. The New York artist was commissioned by the National Park service to photograph the interiors of the president'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 last significant body of interior photographs, albeit fully-furnished, is at the Library of Congress and was created in 1966 by Samuel Gottscho.

Xiomáro's exhibit is timely in that filmmaker Ken Burns, a Harvard graduate, is releasing The Roosevelts, a new PBS documentary that explores the political dynasty of TR, FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt. The exhibit is also 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. "Even though the rooms are nearly vacant, the photographs reveal the imposing character of America's 26th president and the more intimate domestic nature of his family," explained the artist. "Some of these nuances are overwhelmed by a room's furnishings or inaccessible to visitors behind velvet rope barriers."

Theodore Roosevelt Gallery, Pusey Library
For details contact Heather Cole at 617-495-2449


The Woman Working, Jerusalem, Israel, by Hannah Nunez. Let's Go Special Prize for the best photo by a student working for Let's Go.

The Woman Working, Jerusalem, Israel, by Hannah Nunez. Let's Go Special Prize for the best photo by a student working for Let's Go.

Harvard College
Annual International Photo Contest

Photos taken by Harvard students who have studied, worked, interned, or done research abroad during the past year are on exhibit. For more information on the contest, see the photo contest page.

Level B, first and third floor display cases,
Lamont Library (Hours)
For details contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455


1933 Goudey Baseball card no. 118 (Valentine J. (Val) Picinich, Brooklyn Dodgers)

1933 Goudey Baseball card no. 118
(Valentine J. (Val) Picinich, Brooklyn Dodgers)

2014 Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art
The Philip Hofer prize is awarded each year to a student at Harvard whose collection of books or works of art best exemplifies the traditions of breadth, coherence, and imagination represented by Philip Hofer, A.B. '21, L.H.D. '67, founder and first Curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library and Secretary of the Fogg Art Museum. The prize, which is to encourage student interest in collecting, was established in 1987 by Melvin R. Seiden, A.B. '52, L.L.B. '55. Students competing for the prize submit an annotated list or bibliography and an essay describing the scope, contents, and goal of the collection. On exhibition are samples of this year's first prize winning collection, , A History of the 1933 Goudey Baseball Card Set: From Artwork to Copyright Registration, submitted by Benjamin Lee, Class of 2017.

Third floor display cases, Lamont Library,
For details, contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455


2014 Undergraduate Book Collectiong Prize

Hedin, Sven. Central Asia and Tibet: Towards
the Holy City of Lassa
. Vol. II. 1st ed. London: Hurst and
Blackett, Ltd., 1903. Illustration “Shagdur, the Author,

and Shereb Lama in Pilgrim Attire,” page 311.

2014 Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize
Established in 1977, the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting recognizes and encourages book collecting by undergraduates at Harvard. Students competing for the annual prize submit an annotated bibliography and an essay on their collecting efforts, the influence of mentors, the experience of searching for, organizing and caring for items, and the future direction of the collection. On display are samplings of the collections of this year's prize-winning entries, along with personal commentary.

Second and third floor display cases, Lamont Library
For details, contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455


There are no lectures scheduled at this time. Please check back.

Continuing Exhibitions

Mercator Globes
Exhibition includes Gerard Mercator's terrestrial (1541) and celestial (1551) globes that reflect new discoveries in world geography and cosmography as well as new techniques in charting, printing, and globe making. Only 22 matched pairs survive, Harvard's being the only matched pair in America.

Mercator Case, Map Gallery Hall
For details call the Map Collection at 617-495-2417