March 2016 Archives

March 15, 2016

[Susan Janney Allen] by W.F. Hopson, 1912, 2.4 x 3.2 cm. Collection of Bookplates by William Fowler Hopson (BKP 47), Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University.

Susan Janney Allen was among the 102 members listed in the first issue of The Bookplate, the journal of the American Bookplate Society. As of January 1914, she had commissioned this bookplate by William Fowler Hopson (1849-1935) and another by Sidney Lawton Smith (1845-1929). Hopson, a New Haven-based engraver, was president of the society at that time.   

Membership in one or more of the many bookplate societies that formed around the turn of the 20th century enabled the exchange of ex-libris among a network of collectors. In addition to her Moorestown, NJ, mailing address, Allen noted her willingness to exchange for the “best modern engravers.” By this time, ex-libris were as likely to mark the ownership of a book as they were to be sent by post with a request to exchange for similarly valued plates.

The Yale Bookplate Collection comprises graphic works, such as this ex-libris for Allen (see BKP 47), as well as archival and published materials related to bookplates, including a variety of bookplate society publications.


Allen, Charles Dexter. The Book-Plates of William Fowler Hopson. Berkeley: At the Sign of the Berkeley Oak (1910). Accessed March 15, 2016.

The Bookplate, edited by Clifford N. Carver (January 1914). Accessed March 14, 2016.

Teall, Gardner Callahan. Bookplates by Sidney L. Smith. With a check-list of the bookplates. Kansas City: Alfred Fowler (1921). Accessed March 15, 2016.

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March 29, 2016

DH Office Hours Talk

March 29 at 2:00pm in the DHLab (SML 316)

Danielle Reay, Arts Librarian for Digital and Access Services at Haas Arts Library, will recap the recent symposium “Apps, Maps & Models: Digital Pedagogy and Research in Art History, Archaeology & Visual Studies,” which was held at Duke University in February. Her presentation will profile digital projects currently underway in a variety of art historical, visual, and archaeological contexts. In addition to highlighting specific projects (including geospatial mapping with German architectural periodicals and virtual reconstructions that place art in situ), Danielle will also discuss the larger implications for the accessibility and sustainability of these projects.

All are welcome! Coffee and tea will be provided.

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Rose Pastor Stokes (1879-1933), political activist and author, at her desk in her New York City apartment. Rose Pastor Stokes Papers (MS 573), Box 10, Folder 20.

The women’s rights movement was one of the most significant of the Progressive Era.  In addition to the right to vote, women advocated for equal rights to access to higher education, the professions, and other occupations; for marital and property rights; and for freedom of information on family planning.  While the media focuses on the centennials of World War I-related events, it is important to note other historic milestones.  In 1914, “Birth Control,” was a new term coined by the movement’s leader, Margaret Sanger.  And in 1916, a new wave of women’s activism led to the opening of the first public birth control clinic in America.  Important groups of papers of Margaret Sanger’s colleagues, socialist (later Communist) Rose Pastor Stokes and anarchist Emma Goldman (in the Harry Weinberger Papers) are in Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

Rose Pastor Stokes (1879-1933), political activist and author, at her desk in her New York City apartment.

Rose Pastor Stokes (1879-1933), political activist and author, at her desk in her New York City apartment. Rose Pastor Stokes Papers (MS 573), Box 10, Folder 20.

Born in 1879, Stokes vividly described her early life in her autobiography, I Belong to the Working Class.  The drafts in her papers were edited and published in 1992.  A poor Jewish immigrant from Russian Poland, at the age of eleven Stokes went to work in a Cleveland cigar factory and struggled to educate herself at the public library at night.  In 1903 she moved to New York City and became a feature writer for the Jewish Daily News.  On an assignment she interviewed the “millionaire socialist” James Graham Phelps Stokes, whose brother, Rev. Anson Phelps Stokes was the Secretary of Yale University.  When they were married in 1905, the tabloids dubbed her “the Cinderella of the sweatshops.”   Working with her husband in the socialist movement, Stokes moved progressively to the left and eventually became the highest-ranking woman in the American Communist Party.  Highly talented, she was a charismatic political speaker, writer, dramatist, poet, artist, and singer.  Her fearless dedication to reform causes is reflected in her correspondence and subject files.

Workers at Gleichmans Cigar Factory in Cleveland. Rose H. Pastor is in back row, third from left.

Workers at Gleichmans Cigar Factory in Cleveland. Rose H. Pastor is in back row, third from left. Rose Pastor Stokes Papers (MS 573), Box 10, Folder 20.

In January 1916 Stokes supported Sanger, who was facing federal charges for distributing “obscene” literature on birth control, by organizing a dinner to raise funds for her defense at the historic Brevoort Hotel on lower Fifth Avenue.  Margaret Sanger described it in her autobiography as follows:

As we were about to go in to dinner, Rose Pastor Stokes, the Chairman, took me aside and said, “Something very disturbing has happened. We’ve just been talking to Dr. Jacoby. He has a speech ready in which he intends to blast you to the skies for interfering in what should be a strictly medical matter. Remember he’s greatly admired and he’s speaking here tonight for the doctors. We meant to have you come at the end of the program but now we’re going to put you first so that you can spike his guns.”  My trepidation was increased. Nevertheless, I plunged into my carefully prepared maiden speech in behalf of birth control.

In October 1916 Sanger opened the Brownsville Clinic in Brooklyn where her pamphlet What Every Girl Should Know was distributed.  She was arrested and served 30 days in jail, but nonetheless in December the New York Birth Control League was established.  In 1921 Sanger united the growing number of state leagues into the American Birth Control League, renamed “Planned Parenthood” in 1942.

Emma Goldman, an early mentor of Margaret Sanger and the author of Why and How the Poor Should Not Have Many Children, was arrested in 1916 for her birth control lectures and public instruction.  On December 22, 1916 she wrote to her attorney, Harry Weinberger on her “Mother Earth Publishing Association; Mother Earth – Monthly Magazine of Anarchist Thought” letterhead stationery:  “Please write a letter to the Judge… Tell him about Dr. Robinson’s book and the Margaret Sanger pamphlets that are being sold everywhere and go through the mail…. Then tell him about the birth control campaign, of the people in different professions sponsoring. …Write to the judge that none of us who are engaged in the birth control campaign stoop to sneaking in a leaflet in a book.”

Blog post author: Judith A. Schiff

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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

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March 11, 2016

EAL April events

Before you take off for spring break, please mark your calendar for three upcoming EAL events in April. All will take place in Room 218, Sterling Memorial Library.

Thursday, April 7, 2 PM

The Traditional Wisdom of the Chinese Ancient Calendar 從農曆看中國古代的生存智慧

Presented by Professor Ge Jianxiong 葛劍雄, Institute of Chinese Historical Geography, Fudan University

Friday, April 8, noon

Know before You Go: C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley

Presented by Ms. Jianye He, Librarian for the Chinese Collection and Ms. Toshie Marra, Librarian for the Japanese Collection

Friday, April 15, noon

Know before You Go: East Asia Library, Stanford University

Presented by Dr. Jidong Yang, Director

We hope to see many of you there. Have a relaxing spring break!

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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 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.

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March 7, 2016

Kelmscott-Goudy Press at RIT. Image courtesy of the Cary Graphic Arts Collections, RIT.

The Kelmscott-Goudy Press Legacy at Rochester Institute of Technology

by Amelia Fontanel, Associate Curator, RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection

3pm Lecture in Sterling Memorial Library (SML) lecture hall

4pm Printing Demonstration in The Bibliographical Press, L&B Room, SML

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.

Image: Courtesy of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

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March 3, 2016

C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University

Know before You Go: Researching East Asia in US

Part II. C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University

Speakers: Dr. Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian; Dr. Sachie Noguchi, Japanese Studies Librarian

Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, Thursday March 10

Place: Room 218, Sterling Memorial Library

Sponsored by the East Asia Library and Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. Light lunch will be provided.

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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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