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.
Building on Strengths, Broadening Horizons: Recent Additions to the Collections of Houghton Library
Over the last five years, curators at Houghton Library have continued to acquire material in support of the teaching and scholarship which are at the core of the Library’s mission. Items in this exhibition, which runs through May 13, 2014, range from an 8th-century fragment of Theodore of Mopsuestia’s commentary of the Pauline epistles to a placard from the August 1963 March on Washington whose 60th anniversary was commemorated last month; from an early 15th-century woodcut still mounted inside its original leather box to playing cards which reflect the phenomenal box office success of Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth comic opera, H.M.S. Pinafore, which opened in 1878; from the manuscript of Gilbert White’s sermons written between 1747 and 1753 and a record of the dates each was delivered to John Updike’s typescript with autograph revisions for his review of Norman Mailer’s The Armies of the Night (1968).
Women at HLS: 60 Years of Transformation
Since women were first admitted to HLS in 1950, female students have slowly but surely carved out a place for themselves on campus. This exhibit, which runs through December 13, 2013, explores themes such as enrollment, sports and recreation, campus improvements, and student organizations—particularly the Women’s Law Association.
Religious Aspects of the American Civil War
A small sample of pamphlet sermons and other ephemeral materials, including hymn and prayer books used by soldiers, printed duriing the American Civil War are displayed in the Stendahl Lobby, second floor.
It Changed My Life: The Feminine Mystique at 50
In 1963, journalist Betty Friedan described a malaise among American housewives who felt trapped by the expectation that they be fulfilled by the role of wife and mother. Friedan's assertion that women needed meaningful work to be fulfilled propelled her book to the bestseller list and began a national conversation about gender equality. The Schlesinger Library's exhibit, drawn from Friedan's voluminous papers, traces The Feminine Mystique from Friedan's initial research and drafts through its marketing and publication, and on to responses from readers, parodies, academic studies and anniversary editions. This exhibition runs through February 6, 2014.
Daylighting Research: Joint Creativity, Collaboration and Dialogue
This installation was curated by members of the Harvard Graduate School of Design student group, Women in Design, which serves as a forum to instigate dialogue about diversity, inclusion, interdisciplinarity and collaboration in design.
The Generic Sublime: Utopioids
The Generic Sublime upgrades the "unconscious" project of the skyscraper to the ultimate level of architectural megalomania: a complex building that integrates the territory in a synthetic—quasi-utopian—field of competition and synergy.
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.
Not So True North: Early Mapping of the Arctic
Map-makers have been depicting the high arctic since the late 15th century, but since the cartographic image of the far north began before anyone had actually travelled to the polar regions, the earliest maps reflect theory and fantasy rather than actual observation. Mapping of the far north evolved rapidly in the Age of Exploration, thanks in particular to the reports brought back by expeditions seeking a Northwest or Northeast Passage to the riches of the Indies. For over two centuries further arctic exploration and the expanding geographic range of whaling continued to alter our concepts of the polar regions. This exhibit, which runs through February 28, 2014, traces the history of how the arctic was imagined, perceived and portrayed in maps.
HKS Library Virtual Book Tour: Nathalie Laidler-Kylander
A video, available through December 13, of Harvard Kennedy School of Government author Nathalie Laidler-Kylander describing her new book The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy and Affinity, which offers a new framework for nonprofit brand management. The framework eschews traditional, outdated brand tenets of control and competition largely adopted from the private sector, in favor of a strategic approach centered on the mission and based on a participatory process, shared values and the development of key partnerships.
Chair Yoga for Librarians
Are you a librarian with stiff shoulders or a cataloger with kinks in your neck? Do you have a mid-afternoon slump every day? Have you heard that yoga and meditation are beneficial to well-being but have you procrastinated trying? If you’re looking to make positive changes in your health, life or outlook, you’re welcome to try Chair Yoga for Librarians. The sessions incorporate very gentle, basic stretches, breathing exercises and meditative thought to help relieve tension and energize you for the rest of the day. No experience is required and there’s no need to change clothes or bring a yoga mat.
Discovery Vendor Demonstration: Primo
As part of the Library Search & Discovery Initiative, the Discovery Platform Investigation group has organized vendor demonstrations of the following products: Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service and Primo. These demonstrations are open to the Harvard Library community.
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.
Women vs. Connecticut: Insights from the Pre-Roe Abortion Battles
Join Amy Kesselman from SUNY at New Paltz and Linda Gordon RI '14 from New York University 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.
Harvard Library Holiday Party
Library staff members are welcome to join Sarah Thomas in celebrating the season at the Harvard Library Holiday Party.
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.
Library Test Kitchen III: Library Machines
Students in the Graduate School of Design course Library Test Kitchen will showcase and discuss their projects.
Presentation: Xinming Zou
Xinming Zou of Beijing University Library, a visiting scholar of the Harvard-Yenching Library, will give a public presentation titled “Dr. Hu Shih and Harvard-Yenching Library.” The presentation will be given in Chinese.
Good Spirits and Strong Bodies: Mental Health Treatment in Syria 1903-1961
The Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and the Countway Library's Center for the History of Medicine present Beverly Tsacoyianis, assistant professor of history, at the University of Memphis. This talk is part of the Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine, which offers an opportunity to clinicians, researchers and historians interested in a historical perspective on their fields to discuss informally historical studies in progress.
Presentation: Yan Wang
Yan Wang of Wuhan University Library, a visiting scholar of the Harvard-Yenching Library, will give a public presentation titled “Comparing the Reference Services in the Academic Libraries between China and USA.” The presentation will be given in English.
Film Screening: True-Hearted Vixens
Drected by Mylène Moreno RI '87. This documentary follows two athletes playing in the first season of the Women’s Professional Football League. 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.
How Can the Wife Submit?: African Families Negotiate Gender and Slavery in New England
Gloria Whiting of Harvard University will present, with commentary by Barbara Krauthamer from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Part of the Boston Seminar Series on the History of Women and Gender, cosponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Film Screening: Indelible Lalita
Directed by Julie Mallozzi RI '92. Lalita, an emigrant from Bombay to Montreal, contemplates her identity as her body is transformed by vitiligo, cancer and heart disease. Julie Mallozzi 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.
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.
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.
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.