March 2016 Archives

March 3, 2016

In 1891 a simple iron printing press was made in London and sold to William Morris, the founder of the Arts & Crafts movement. Whereupon this press was employed to produce the legendary book commonly known as The Kelmscott Chaucer, completed in 1896. For over a century since, admirers have sought to pull a print on this press—each perhaps striving to absorb the greatness of its successive proprietors, many of them luminaries in the typographic arts, including the American type designer Frederic W. Goudy.

This Kelmscott handpress is now held at the Cary Collection in Rochester, New York, where it is the centerpiece of a dynamic program for teaching book arts history and practice. Please join us on March 10 at 3:00 pm to hear Amelia Fontanel, associate curator of the Cary's graphic arts collection, as she describes the press’s impressive provenance and detailed restoration. Then join us afterwards at 4:00 pm for keepsake printing at the Yale University Library Bibliographical Press, located in Sterling Memorial Library. The talk will be live streamed here.

Image: Courtesy of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

Post on March 3, 2016 - 12:52pm |

March 3, 2016

The Yale Elizabethan Club will host a presentation in the Sterling Memorial Library on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30 pm by Earle Havens, the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Romance Languages at Johns Hopkins University; and Matthijs Lok, Associate Professor of Modern European History at the European Studies Department at the University of Amsterdam. They will tell the story of translating and editing a rare and little known Dutch newsletter in the Elizabethan Club Collection relating to the triumphant/disastrous adventures of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, in the Low Countries

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March 10, 2016

William H. Townsend’s pencil sketches of the Amistad captives portray people full of character, who when robbed of their freedom, fought to regain it.

The 43 captives’ arrival in New Haven in September 1839 caused a sensation. Townspeople lined the streets as the Africans were marched from the Long Wharf to the jail. Colonel Stanton Pendleton, the jailer, charged curiosity seekers a shilling each to view his unusual prisoners. Phrenologists visited the jail to measure the captives’ skulls.

Townsend captured their humanity. His drawings depict distinct individuals: Margru, a young girl, hints at a smile. Kimbo seems suspicious. Pona is handsome. Saby smokes a pipe.

Townsend had difficulty persuading the Africans to sit for him and bribed them with candy, according to an article published in the Yale Library Gazette in January 1935. Read more in this YaleNews article.

Post on March 10, 2016 - 2:55pm |

March 11, 2016

This semester, the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor features the research of four exceptional Yale students in an exhibit entitled "Student Research at Yale University Library". The selected individuals have made impressive use of the diverse resources available at the library.

David McCullough’s research follows the expeditions of Othniel Charles Marsh, Yale’s first professor of paleontology.  McCullough, a senior at Davenport College, made considerable use of the Othniel Charles Marsh Papers throughout his research process.  Held in the Yale Library’s Manuscripts and Archives, the Papers include Marsh’s correspondences, journals, and scientific notes.  

Mary Jones’s research focuses on the career of record executive Goddard Lieberson, specifically during the 1940s and 50s.  Her display, which features a series of letters exchanged between Lieberson and orchestral conductor Eugene Ormandy, reveals the strong connection between the midcentury recording and performing worlds.  Jones, a PhD candidate in Music History, has made extensive use of the Goddard Lieberson Papers, available through the Yale Library’s Manuscripts and Archives.

Eve Houghton, a junior at Davenport College, highlights excerpts from three annotated books available at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  Over many years, the volumes’ margins had been annotated by generations of diverse readers, including 19th century Yale undergraduates.  Houghton explores how annotations reveal readers’ emotions and reactions to the texts. Throughout her project, Houghton relied on the Beinecke’s Osborn Collection, which includes a considerable number of early modern annotated books.

The research of John D’Amico, a recent Davenport College graduate, explores how the construction of canals in Japan impacted the development of towns.  He focuses on the Dotonbori canal and its effects on Osaka. Among the many library resources that contributed to D’Amico’s research, the Yale Library’s subscription to every major Japanese newspaper’s backlog proved particularly helpful. 

The Student Research exhibit not only displays the results of the students’ research, but also describes the librarians and resources that particularly impacted the individual projects.  Yale librarians worked closely with these students, providing them with everything from research guidance to life advice.  By revealing the processes of these unique and diverse projects, the exhibit emphasizes the enormity and accessibility of the Yale University Library’s collections.

Written by Hilary Purrington

Post on March 11, 2016 - 11:34am |

March 11, 2016

All are invited to join us on April 5th for the official unveiling of a new portrait in Sterling Memorial Library of Yale’s first women PhDs, awarded in 1894. Celebrate this historic event for graduate coeducation. Yale’s decision to accept women would forever change academia and the course of women’s advancement. The first cohort of women graduates made an indelible mark on American culture as professors, writers, scientists, and activists. The Brooklyn based artist Brenda Zlamany has painted an inspiring portrait of these pioneers which will be on display permanently in the Sterling Memorial Library Nave.

To learn more about the history of graduate coeducation and about the artist’s process of painting the portrait, join us in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall from 3:30-4:30.

After the lecture, we will gather for remarks by President Salovey and faculty followed by a reception in the Sterling Memorial Library Nave.

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March 15, 2016

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, March 16 for Geoffrey Hartman, professor emeritus of comparative literature and of English, who died on March 14.

The service will take place at 11 a.m. at the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, 80 Wall St. All are invited.

Hartman and his wife, Renee, helped found the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at the Yale Library, which holds more than 4,400 testimonies, comprising over 10,000 recorded hours of videotape.

A more comprehensive obituary is forthcoming.

Post on March 15, 2016 - 12:10pm |

March 18, 2016

All are invited to join us for the annual Adrian Van Sinderen lecture on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:30 pm, by Glen S. Miranker, an avid bibliophile and former chief technology officer at Apple. In order to encourage undergraduates to collect books, build their own libraries, and read for pleasure and education, Adrian Van Sinderen, Class of 1910, established two prizes in 1957, one for seniors and one for sophomores. The annual lecture – which will take place in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall – reflects his passion for book collecting and is open to the public.

Miranker describes book collecting as "a peculiar pastime. Why engage in such an abstruse and potentially costly activity when you can own reading copies at very modest expense? Pursuing and acquiring are only a part of bibliomania. Many books have a tale to tell beyond what's printed between their covers. Tracking down the backstory for my books is another thrill of the chase…and a principal reason to be interested in books as artifacts. We will explore this idea through a number of examples, demonstrating that book collecting is more than 'A Gentle Madness'—as Nicholas Basbanes so graphically describes it."

Glen Miranker graduated from Yale College in 1975 with a B.S. in computer science. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Miranker joined Next Computer in 1990 and Apple Computer in 1996. For most of his tenure at Apple, he ran hardware development and served as Apple's Chief Technology Officer (Hardware), retiring in 2004. Long a bibliophile, Miranker now devotes himself to book collecting, lecturing, and assisting special collections departments and boards. He has been building his extraordinary collection of Sherlockiana since the late 1970s. He also collects and lectures on the history of cryptography and is a director of the National Cryptologic Foundation.

Post on March 17, 2016 - 11:11pm |

March 24, 2016

This semester, the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor highlights the diverse research of four Yale students. David McCullough, an American studies major at Davenport College, is displaying excerpts from his research on paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh, a notable figure in Yale’s history. 

McCullough began his research while enrolled in John Gaddis’s course “The Art of Biography.”  Not surprisingly, the course required McCullough to compose a biography as a final project. He had heard of an Indiana Jones-esque professor who had taught at Yale during the late 19th century, and McCullough believed this character could inspire a compelling biography. This professor turned out to be Othniel Charles Marsh, the first professor of paleontology in the United States and eventual founder of the Peabody Museum of Natural History. During the early 1870s, Marsh led four expeditions to the uncharted American West and brought back many of the fossils now displayed at the Peabody Museum.  Throughout his research, McCullough became very familiar with the Othniel Charles Marsh Papers, a collection of writings and materials held in the library’s Manuscripts and Archives department. Most significantly, the Papers document Marsh’s treacherous 1870s expeditions with his students, and these records became a core element of McCullough’s research.

McCullough also found considerable personal support within the Yale Library. George Miles, the curator of Western Americana at the Beinecke Library, and Bill Landis, the Head of Public Services in Manuscripts and Archives, were particularly helpful and provided McCullough with indispensable advice. “Their counsel and friendship means the world,” says McCullough.  You can see McCullough’s display in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibition Corridor, on view through April 30.

Post on March 24, 2016 - 3:45pm |

March 24, 2016

On April 6, the Medical Library Associates are presenting their annual lecture by Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov, the David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology at the Yale School of Medicine.
Entitled Immune System in Health & Disease, this year's lecture also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Medical Library, being celebrated this year. The talk, which will take place at the Medical Library at 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, is free and open to the public.

Post on March 24, 2016 - 2:36pm |

March 24, 2016

This semester, the SML Exhibits Corridor showcases the research of four exceptional Yale students. Mary Jones, a current Ph.D student in Music History, is displaying a series of letters between record executive Goddard Lieberson and orchestral conductor Eugene Ormandy.  The correspondence reveals the negotiating process of creating a record during the 1940s and 50s, as well as the strong connection between the performing and recording worlds of that era. 

Jones’s dissertation focuses on Goddard Lieberson and his time at Columbia Records, specifically during the 1940s and 50s when the emergence of the long playing (LP) record revolutionized the recording industry.  Her research process has proved to be unique, as it has also become a collaboration with the Yale Library. When Jones began exploring the resources available in Manuscripts and Archives, she was struck by both its accessibility and extensiveness; however, the Lieberson Papers had only been partially processed and cataloged. Jones has since worked for Manuscripts and Archives, focusing on cataloging and organizing the Lieberson Papers. Her insights as a historian will be especially helpful for future researchers wishing to explore similar resources in the library.  To learn more about Jones’s research, visit the Student Research Exhibit, on view in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor through April 30.

For access to the Goddard Lieberson Papers, please contact the Music Library.

Post on March 24, 2016 - 3:48pm |