Library's Digital Archive Commemorates Emergency Medical Response
An article about the Strong Medicine exhibit in the Harvard Crimson.
Small—just 17 by 12.8 centimeters—Armenian Gospels feature stunning color drawings and meticulous work.
Elsevier Takedowns Q&A
Peter Suber from the Office for Scholarly Communication on the takedown notices Harvard received from Elsevier.
Boston Marathon Medical Mementos
Boston Magazine covers Strong Medicine, a joint project of Harvard's Countway Library and the Boston Medical Library.
'Strong Medicine' Honors Medical Community
WBZ-TV covers Strong Medicine, a library project that captures the stories of medical professionals who responded to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Take a virtual tour of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Collection.
New testing shows a book thought to be bound in human skin is actually bound in sheepskin.
A New Chapter in Verse
The Woodberry Poetry Room kicked off a new series called "Reinventing the Workshop" to examine the process and tradition of instruction in creative writing.
Science or Art?
Wired magazine features beautiful images from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, to which the Harvard Botany Libraries and Ernst Mayr Library are key contributors.
Ties to the Past
A collection of Walter Gropius’s bowties at the Loeb Design Library reflects his love of joy.
50 for 50
The Gutman Gallery showcases 50 photographs to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cambridge Historical Commission, exploring “what makes Cambridge, Cambridge.” (Photo: Bill Shaw)
Small But Mighty
Tiny, fragile, beautifully detailed model stage sets for 19th-20th-century theater productions from the Harvard Theatre Collection.
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.
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.
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.
In Africa It Is Another Story: Looking Back at Italian Colonialism
Featuring personal albums, photographs, postcards, and maps from the the late 19th century to the Fascist period from a rich trove of Harvard Collections, "In Africa It Is Another Story: Looking Back at Italian Colonialism" investigates the visual, literary and political imagery that prepared and accompanied Italy’s belated and violent participation in the colonial "scramble for Africa." The exhibition is hosted by Professor Giuliana Minghelli and doctoral candidates Matthew Collins, Dalila Colucci, Eloisa Morra and Chiara Trebbaiocchi. It runs through May 2, 2014.
Women in Medicine: Giving Care and Taking Control
Women in America made significant contributions to the field of medicine well before they had access to formal education or professional recognition. However, with the admission of Elizabeth Blackwell into Geneva Medical College in 1847, women’s influence on American medicine was inalterably changed. While professional credentials gave women the foundation for medical authority, the struggle for recognition and acceptance was far from over. In the nearly two centuries following Blackwell’s matriculation, new obstacles for female doctors have emerged in America, only some of which have been conquered, with considerable effort. This exhibit, which runs from April 7 through April 18, 2014, profiles many of the women who took that work upon themselves—fighting political, racial and gender-based discrimination in order to perform their work in the medical community.
Exhibition: Medieval Scrolls at Harvard
An exhibition of medieval scrolls from Harvard collections, ranging from illuminated luxury chronicles to workaday records, the scrolls illustrate the various ways in which an archaic format continued to be used long into the age of the codex. The exhibition is curated by the 16 students in Medieval Studies 240/Harvard Divinity School 2228: The Rotulus in the Middle Ages and by Professors Thomas Forrest Kelly and Beverly Mayne Kienzle together with Timothy M. Baker, Harvard Divinity School, and William P. Stoneman, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts, Houghton Library. This exhibition runs through August 16, 2014.
Virtual Book Tour: Bioethical Prescriptions
HKS Professor Frances Kamm on her new book, Bioethical Prescriptions, which collects the articles on bioethics which made her among the most influential philosophers in this area. Available through April 30, 2014.
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.
Reception: Life Pieces to Masterpieces
A reception in honor of the exhibit, which features paintings from Life Pieces To Masterpieces (LPTM), an arts-based mentoring program serving African American youth in Washington, DC’s most underserved communities.
Film Screening: Bastards
Bastards, by Claire Denis, the 2013-14 Gardner Fellow, is among her darkest, angriest and tautest to date, a disquieting film noir partially inspired by William Faulkner and the malevolent figure of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Bastards transforms Paris into a rain-slicked, stygian shadow world whose unsettling mysteries are laconially revealed with masterful restraint.
Film Screening: It Happened One Night
Directed by Frank Capra, with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, 1934.
Film Screening: Ladies of Leisure
Directed by Frank Capra. With Barbara Stanwyck, Ralph Graves, Lowell Sherman, 1930. Part of the Harvard Film Archive's series The Capra Touch.
Not Just Virtual Reference Open Meeting
A lively informal conversation with reference staff from all libraries, with a focus on collaboration and commonalities with archives and special collections reference activities.
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.
Health Information: Access for Developing Countries
This class provides an overview of the HINARI program from WHO. HINARI offers access to biomedical and health information. Clinical and educational institutions in developing and emerging countries are eligible to participate. Other open-access sources will also be discussed. Those conducting research, volunteering or returning to live in a developing or emerging country can help others become aware of and use these resources.
Mendeley Institutional Edition @ Harvard
Three sessions will cover basic introduction to Mendeley and Mendeley Institutional Edition, future roadmap and developing user adoption.
Film Screening: You Can’t Take It With You
Directed by Frank Capra. With Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart. US, 1938.
Film Screening: Forbidden
Directed by Frank Capra. With Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Bellamy, 1932. Part of the Harvard Film Archive's series The Capra Touch.
Conservation Labs Open Houses
In celebration of Preservation Week, Harvard Library is hosting Open House tours of two conservation labs on Tuesday, April 29, from 10 am to 12 noon. The special collections conservation lab of Weissman Preservation Center at 90 Mt. Auburn Street and the general collections conservation lab of Collections Care in Widener Library will offer informal tours throughout the morning, including introductions to each lab space and conversations with preservation staff members who will showcase current conservation treatments and activities.
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, 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. Vanessa's 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, despite the fact that such collections are evolving.
Conservation at Harvard: Interns and Fellows Present Recent Projects
The Weissman Preservation Center would like to invite you to a presentation on conservation topics given by conservation interns and fellows across Harvard’s libraries and museums. We hope you will join us for this opportunity for the Harvard preservation community to come together, learn about each other’s work and socialize. Hot beverages and baked goods will be served.
Liberact 2014 and TAG Presentation
A presentation on lessons learned and possible next steps from Liberact 2014: Interactive Technologies in Libraries as well as a discussion of development and use of The Touch Art Gallery (TAG) application.
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.
Irish Pauper Patients and the American Maternity Hospital, 1860-1913
Dr. Ciara Breathnach will discuss her research using the archives of the New England Hospital for Women and Children (established 1862), held at the Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine. Dr. Breathnach has published on Irish socioeconomic and health histories in the 19th and 20th centuries, with research focusing on how the poor experienced, engaged with and negotiated medical services in Ireland and in North America from 1860-1912. It builds on her wider studies on the family unit and the social history of medicine in Ireland and will help to advance her hypothesis that the rural Irish female was slow to medicalize, not only for socioeconomic reasons, but also for reasons of personal agency. Using evidence from archival records, her research aims to show that Irish women continued to present as a problematic group long after the ethnic associations with cholera and typhoid outbreaks of earlier decades had dissipated.
Film Screening: It's a Wonderful Life
Directed by Frank Capra. With James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. US, 1947.
Film Screening: Platinum Blonde
Directed by Frank Capra. With Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Robert Williams. US, 1931.
Spotlight on Collections: Brontë Juvenilia
Preservation Services is pleased to announce Spotlight on Collections, a series of presentations that highlights collaborative efforts and new technologies in preserving and making the special collections of Harvard Library accessible for teaching and learning. The first of these events will focus on ways in which preservation and digitization have enhanced the research value and scholarly access to the collection of Brontë juvenilia at Houghton Library. Several of the miniature volumes created by Charlotte and Branwell Brontë will be on view at the event.
The Efficacy of Placebos: A Historian's Perspective
A discussion led by Charles E. Rosenberg, professor of the history of science and Ernest E. Monrad Professor in Social Sciences at Harvard University.With Charles E. Rosenberg, professor of the History of Science and Ernest E. Monrad Professor in Social Sciences at Harvard University.