From the Collections of Harvard College Library, Events and Exhibitions 2009-2010
February 24, 2014
"Ethnography and Academic Libraries: Assessment and Design"
Nancy Fried Foster, Senior Anthropologist, Ithaka S+R
Dr. Foster's talk will cover the use of ethnographic methods in qualitative assessment of library services, technologies and facilities, including origin and relevancy of participatory design concepts, how participatory design is different from other approaches, when to use participatory design, what training and resources are required and examples of specific case studies.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Askwith Hall, Longfellow Hall, GSE
June 17, 2014
"The History of the World Library from the Year 2040 to 2090"
Michael Cotta-Schønberg, Deputy Director General, Royal Library in Copenhagen, and University Librarian, University of Copenhagen
Michael Cotta-Schonberg will be speaking NOT on the future of academic libraries, which he says he has done too much, but on the history of the World Library from 2040 to 2090. The presentation will take the form of a speech by the president of the World Library on the occasion of the 50 year jubilee of the Library. The audience will be transformed into members of the board of the World Library and the speech will end with a board vote on whether individuals should be able to have direct brain link-up with the Library.
The time and location of this session will be announced soon.
"The Tenacious Book: The Curious State of Art and Architecture Collections in a Digital Era"
Vanessa Kam, Acting Head of Music, Art and Architecture, University of British Columbia Library
To research her topic, Vanessa Kam interviewed librarians working in prominent academic and museum libraries in the US and Canada. She also interviewed publishers in the US and Europe about their visions for the future of art publications. Her findings reveal that while many other disciplines hold massive amounts of digital content, the print format plays a dominant role in art and architecture collections. She argues that this situation poses challenges and demands special considerations for library spaces, for devising strategies to transition to an increasingly digital fugure and for demonstrating the research value of print collections.
The date, time and location of this session will be announced soon.
March 13 2014 – July 8, 2014
Courting Clio: Maps and the Historical Imagination
Ever since the revival of classical learning in the Renaissance, Europe's most prominent mapmakers—including Mercator, Ortelius, Janssonius, Sanson, and Delisle—have regarded it as part of their professional duty to apply their craft to an imaginative restoration of the past. Each age has its own peculiar Zeitgeist (yearning for a Golden Age, looking for inspiration in religious saints or secular heroes, or taking satisfaction in the extent of progress from "less enlightened" times), but the urge to court Clio (the muse of history) has been an ongoing theme in cartographic circles. This exhibit explores the ways in which mapmakers frame past events, how they deploy textual and graphic aids in the service of historical narrative, and how they endeavor to convey temporal changes through static images. Whether the subject is the Exodus, the conquests of Alexander the Great, the barbarian invasions of Europe, or the arduous trek of Mormons to the Great Salt Lake, the focus here is on efforts to map our collective peregrinations through time.
January 26, 2014 - December 31, 2014
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.”
January 13, 2014 - April 5, 2014
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach:
Two Exhibitions at Harvard Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the Composer's Birth
C.P.E. Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach, became one of the most prolific and influential composers of the eighteenth 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 are mounting complementary exhibitions to celebrate the 300th birthday of C.P.E. Bach. The Loeb Library exhibition focuses on the editorial challenges and current editorial practices behind the ongoing publication of Bach's complete works. The Packard Humanities Institute- in cooperation with the Bach-Archiv Leipzig, the Sachsische Akademie zu Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, and Harvard University- is producing a critical edition, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works, projected to run to 115 volumes, with more than half that number now in print.
The Houghton exhibition explores Bach's intellectual and musical background by documenting the Bach family heritage, his service in the court of Frederick the Great, his interactions with authors, his important keyboard treatise, his reputation in his lifetime, his standing with his contemporaries, his later career in Hamburg, and his musical legacy.
For more information, please contact Monique Duhaime at Duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or call 617-495-2441.
December 17, 2013 - December 14, 2014
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
May 28, 2013 – May 14, 2014
2013 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, Between West Germany and the World: Design at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
May 28, 2013 – May 14, 2014
2013 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.
Morton W. Bloomfield Plenary Lecture
"A perfect writer would make words sing': The Relationship between Poetry and Prose in the Old English Boethius"
Susan Irvine, University College London
This lecture is part of the "Re-visiting the legacy of Boethius in the Middle Ages" conference taking place March 13-15, 2014. For details consult the conference website.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library
Please join us for a Philip and Frances Hofer Lecture
“The Qianlong Emperor's Copper-Plate Engravings”
Marcia Reed, Chief Curator, Getty Research Institute
In the late eighteenth-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.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library
Please join us for the 100th George Parker Winship Lecture
“A Bibliographer's Creed"
By G. Thomas Tanselle
This lecture is Mr. Tanselle's personal summary of the basic tenets of bibliography, as formed during a lifetime of bibliographical study. It touches on many aspects of the book world (including bibliographical scholarship, textual criticism, collecting, reading, and librarianship), criticizing certain current practices but also offering a comprehensive vision of the field as a humanistic discipline.
G. Thomas Tanselle is a former vice president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and adjunct professor of English at Columbia University. He has written and lectured extensively on bibliographical and textual matters and is a co-editor of the Northwestern-Newberry Edition of the writings of Herman Melville. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Library of America, serving as its textual consultant.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
5:30 p.m., Lecture in the Forum Room, Lamont Library
6:30 p.m., Reception in the Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library
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.
- Boston's Crusade Against Slavery
- A History of Medieval Christian Preaching as Seen in the Manuscripts of Houghton Library
- Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: Twenty Years That Changed the World of Art
- "I Shall Ever Be Your Dearest Love": John Keats and Fanny Brawne
- "Let Satire Be My Song": Byron’s English Bards, and Scotch Reviewers
- The Adventures of Thackeray In His Way Through the World: His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Family
- Going for Baroque: The Iconography of the Ornamental Map
- Life is in the Transitions: William James, 1842-1910
- Books in Books: Reflections on Reading and Writing in the Middle Ages
- Harvard's Lincoln
- A Monument More Durable Than Brass: The Donald & Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson
- History of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Collection
- Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200