October 2014 Archives

October 31, 2014


Thursday, November 6, 2014

English-Language Resources for Research in the China Field

Tang Li Public Services Librarian, East Asia Library
William Massa - Archivist, Yale University Manuscripts & Archives 
Michael Meng – Librarian for Chinese Studies, East Asia Library
Martha Smalley - Special Collections Librarian, The Divinity School

Time and Place: 12:00 PM, Room L01 A & B, Bass Library

Lunch will be provided.

A panel of speakers will introduce English language primary resources available at Yale for research on China, as well as special collections throughout the libraries that have repositories of Chinese materials. The workshop is intended for those working on senior essays, but would be useful for many others, as well.

Sponsored by the East Asia Library and Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. 

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October 27, 2014

Digital Theatre Plus interviews

Beyond the full-length filmed performances it offers, Digital Theatre Plus includes numerous interviews with cast and creative team members--including actors, directors, playwrights, producers, costume, lighting, and sound designers--in the Making Theatre section of the site. The newest additions to this section are from sound and lighting technicians on Richard Eyre’s award-winning production of Ibsen’s GHOSTS at the Almeida Theatre.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 - Friday, January 30, 2015
Sterling Memorial Library, Memorabilia Room

2014 marks the centennial of the birth of legendary graphic designer Paul Rand (August 15, 1914 – November 26, 1996). Rand transformed conventions of visual communication for American businesses and consumer culture, and his corpus spans editorial and book design, advertising, packaging, and corporate identity, including iconic logos for IBM, UPS, Westinghouse, and many others. This exhibition explores Rand’s prolific career through a selection of objects drawn primarily from the Paul Rand papers (AOB126), which are now held by the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.

The exhibit is curated by Molly Dotson, Special Collections Librarian, Arts Library; Jae Rossman, Assistant Director for Special Collections, Arts Library; Holly Hatheway, Assistant Director for Collections, Research & Access Services, Arts Library.

Post on October 25, 2014 - 3:43pm |

Plays Well with Others exhibit poster thumbnail

Fall 2014

Since at least the invention of the bicinium, the two-part vocal or instrumental compositions of the Renaissance and early Baroque, duets have been an integral part of learning to play an instrument or sing, and have been included in most etude, method, and music theory books for at least six centuries. This exhibit is a small sampling of duets in instrumental method books.

Post on October 24, 2014 - 10:13am |

October 13, 2014

Yale University Library has purchased the access to a new Chinese language resource: Chinese Cultural Revolution Database (中国文化大革命文库). The resource has been added to the Library’s Orbis online catalogFind a Database by Title, and Chinese Studies subject guide.

Chinese Cultural Revolution Database is a full-text searchable database containing comprehensive primary sources on Chinese Cultural Revolution, a turbulent decade (1966-1976) in the history of contemporary China. The sources collected in the database include Chinese Communist Party (CCP) documents, directives, speeches and works by Mao Zedong and other CCP officials of the period, official newspaper editorials, and selected Red-Guard documents. It comprises at least 10,000 documents in 35 million characters. Users can browse by subject categories and date. It is also searchable by author, keyword and organization.

The database is published by the University Services Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the database. You are also welcome to schedule an individual session to learn more about the Chinese online resources.

Post on October 12, 2014 - 8:00pm |

“Three hundred and thirteen years ago, on October 9, 1701, the General Court of the Connecticut Colony, meeting in New Haven, adopted an “Act for Liberty to Erect A Collegiate School,” laying the foundation for what has become the Yale we know today.” President Peter Salovey, Yale University.

Just as President Peter Salovey was sending out his anniversary message to the Yale community yesterday (October 9), Conservation & Exhibition Services was delivering the conserved first volume of the Minutes of the Corporation, Yale College Register vol.1 1701-1704 & 1717-1800 back to archivist Nancy Lyon of the Library’s Manuscript & Archives Department. The Library’s conservation lab oversaw treatment of this important artifact of Yale’s early history. The work took 6 months to complete and purely by happenstance, the volume was ready to return to its place in Yale’s Library on the same day as Yale’s founding and 313th anniversary!

Typical of books bound in reverse calf, the surface of the binding was powdery and difficult to handle. The outer and inner hinges had failed and the boards were detached. The spine leather was cracked resulting in some small areas of loss. A handmade box helped to protect the volume from further damage. The condition of this bound manuscript was exactly what a conservator might expect of a binding of this style and age, but this is no ordinary volume.

The treatment work was carried out by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). Yale Library staff worked closely with them to develop the treatment plan that would ensure the best care for the object. The pages of the volume were surface cleaned, previous damaging mends were removed and tears were repaired using reversible methods and Japanese tissue. The binding was treated to consolidate the powdery leather. The spine and boards were reattached with materials toned to match the color of the leather. Click here to learn more about the details and view images of the project.

Post on October 10, 2014 - 12:00pm |

October 3, 2014

Yale University Library recently acquired an important Chinese studies resource: ProQuest Historical Newspapers: South China Morning Post 南華早報. The resource has been added to the Library’s Orbis online catalogFind Databases by Title, and Chinese Studies subject guide.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: South China Morning Post currently covers the period from 1903 to 1995. Newly available contents will be added periodically. This premier English-language title has been published in Hong Kong since November 6, 1903. The newspaper has been known for its authoritative, influential, and independent reporting on all of Asia as well as its perspective of the rest of the world. The database gives international researchers new insights into China’s unique political and social history during the 20th century such as:

• Chinese Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty, China’s last imperial dynasty
• Spread of the bubonic plague and adoption of the Peak Reservation Ordinance
• Battle of Hong Kong in December, 1941, which led to the Japanese occupation during World War II
• Reestablishment of the British colonial government after the end of the war
• Communist Revolution in China in 1949
• Industrialization and economic growth of Hong Kong

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the database. You are also welcome to schedule an individual session to learn more about the Chinese online resources.

Post on October 2, 2014 - 8:00pm |

Thursday, October 23rd, 5:30 pm
Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall

All are welcome to join us for the twenty-first Lewis Walpole Library Lecture, presented by Steve Bell, professional cartoonist, who will discuss Hogarth's continuing legacy for contemporary graphic satire, while also addressing the question of just how necessary it still is to offend.

Steve Bell has been drawing political comic strips for a living since 1977. He is a proponent of the short form, typically four frames. Since 1981 he has written and drawn the If… strip in the Guardian, which has run to several thousand pages, with no end in sight. Since 1990, he has been drawing four larger format political cartoons a week for the same paper. His work is unashamedly comic, but many of his cartoons are quite deliberately not funny at all. The Steve Bell cartoon website can be found online here.

In recent years the Lewis Walpole Library Lecture has brought noted scholars in the field of eighteenth-century studies to New Haven to speak on a topic usually related to the collection. It is now an established feature of Yale's intellectual calendar. More details about Steve's talk can be found on the Walpole Library's website.

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October 2, 2014

The Yale Library is piloting a program this semester that we are currently calling “Librarians in Luce”. For about four hours a day, Tuesday-Friday, one librarian from either International Collections and Research Support (ICRS – including the East Asia Library), Humanities Collection and Research Education (HCRE), or the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) will be sitting in the consultation space adjacent to the mail room in Luce Hall (first floor—the room with the refrigerator and the computers). Anyone is welcome to drop by and talk to us about any questions you may have for your research, library materials, citation management software (such as Zotero/EndNote/RefWorks), etc.

The East Asia Library librarians will offer hours today from 10 am -12 pm and 3-5 pm. We will be there almost every other Thursday at that same time. You can see the full schedule here:


Even if you don’t have any library-related matters to discuss, do drop by just to say hi!

We hope to see many of you there!

Post on October 1, 2014 - 8:00pm |