April 2016 Archives

April 14, 2016

 Know before you go: East Asia Library at Stanford University

Know before You Go: Researching East Asia in US

Part IV. East Asia Library at Stanford University

Speaker: Dr. Jidong Yang, Director

Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, Friday April 15

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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April 7, 2016

An exhibit in Sterling Memorial Library this semester is highlighting the research of four exceptional Yale students, including that of John D’Amico (Pierson College ‘16), who explores how the construction of canals in Japan impacted the development of towns. His project incorporates information from a variety of resources available through the Yale Library, including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the East Asia Library, and various newspaper databases. 

Haruko Nakamura, the Librarian for Japanese Studies, guided D’Amico as he navigated Yale’s extensive resources and collections. As an East Asian Studies major, D’Amico had interacted with Nakamura on several occasions throughout his time at Yale. When brainstorming ideas for his senior project, he approached Nakamura for suggestions. He was interested in researching the Dotonbori canal and its impact on Osaka, and Nakamura suggested that he study historic maps of the region to better understand how the region transformed from the 17th century to the present. D’Amico’s research project eventually came to focus on one major merchant family, and he used their documents, maps, and other visual resources to trace the development of the Osaka region’s social and political life. 

Coincidentally, one of the books important to D’Amico’s research was actually donated by Othniel Charles Marsh, the focus of another student project highlighted in the Exhibits Corridor. Marsh, a professor of paleontology, had an interest in East Asian culture, and donated a number of resources to the Yale Library. Research at Yale can often provide fascinating, unexpected links to the university’s unique and diverse history. Visit the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor to view the Student Research Exhibit, on display through April 30.

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April 7, 2016

This semester, the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor features the research of four exceptional Yale students. Eve Houghton, a junior at Davenport College, is displaying excerpts of her research on manuscript reader commentary in early printed books.

As a curatorial assistant for early modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library, Houghton has spent a considerable amount of time exploring the stacks. Recently, she has become increasingly fascinated by the annotations scrawled in the margins of early printed books. The authors of these commentaries often span generations. “For me,” says Houghton,  “annotations provide a reminder that readership communities aren’t necessarily fixed in time and place.” Her research primarily focuses on angry readers who leave behind unfriendly or disrespectful annotations, as these comments provide significant insight into readers’ emotions and reactions to the texts.

Throughout her research, librarian Elizabeth Frengel and early modern curator Kathryn James provided Houghton with mentoring and support. The two guided Houghton as she developed her ideas and explored the Beinecke’s extensive collections. Find out more about Houghton’s research by visiting her display in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor, on view through April 30.

Story by Hilary Purrington

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April 7, 2016

As part of the United Nations Global Colloquium series of events, visit the new home for library preservation & conservation at 344 Winchester Avenue, New Haven on on Thursday, April 14 from 10:00 am -12:00 noon. The Yale University Library’s Preservation Department supports the library's mission by ensuring continued access to its collections through a program of specialized expertise, proactive stewardship, and collaboration. All are welcome! Please pre-register for the event here.

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April 7, 2016

Join us for an opening talk & reception for Moving Earth: Capability Brown, Humphry Repton and the Creation of the English Landscape on Friday, April 8 at 3:00 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

As one of England’s greatest aesthetic achievements, the English landscape garden has become a well-known and defining characteristic of the country. With large sweeping expanses of lush green fields, groupings of trees, winding paths, and serpentine-shaped rivers and lakes, the English landscape appears as an ideal form of nature; it is, however, an expertly crafted construct. Countless hours of moving and reconstructing vast volumes of earth, water, trees and shrubbery demonstrate what can be achieved when combined with careful planning, design and an eye towards nature. Moving Earth explores the creation of the English Landscape through the advent of landscape gardening and the pioneering work of Capability Brown and Humphry Repton.

Curator, Elizabeth Morris, will showcase the abundance of both primary and secondary resources available at the Yale Center for British Art that provides the foundational basis for this exhibit and research into British art, culture and society.

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April 7, 2016

What does computer-generated poetry look like? How can EEG experiments inform our understandings of musical compositions? To answer these questions and more, join the Digital Humanities Lab and Yale STEAM for a spring symposium on Friday, April 8, to showcase hybrid scholarship at Yale University. Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty will present projects that highlight the questions that can be asked and explored via digital methods and collaborations between the sciences and humanities. The symposium will be from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

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April 7, 2016

Note from Stravinsky

The Gilmore Music Library is pleased to announce a new series of blog posts that will appear on our website, entitled Gilmore Insights. The purpose of this series is to highlight not only the amazing work being carried out by our staff and student assistants on a daily basis, but also to reveal the stories that lie behind many of the extraordinary items we come across during our efforts to make the Music Library’s collections available to our patrons. In essence, the series is a way for us to share what we learn about our collections as we work with them. 
To kick-off this series, we are delighted to introduce Mary Jones, a student assistant in our Music Special Collections unit. Mary is currently working on processing the Goddard Lieberson Papers. Mary is a PhD candidate in the Department of Music. Additional examples of Mary’s research into Lieberson are currently on display in Sterling Memorial Library’s Exhibition Corridor as part of the Student Research at Yale University Library exhibit.
Goddard Lieberson, fondly known as “Mr. Columbia Records,” became a modern-day impresario over the course of his nearly four-decade-long career in the record business. After joining Columbia’s American Masterworks Division in 1939, Lieberson rose through the ranks to become head of the Masterworks Division and Vice President of the company, before taking on the role of President of Columbia Records from 1956 to 1975. The two scrapbooks featured here were given to Lieberson by Columbia in 1964 to celebrate his 25 years at the company. They are filled with pages upon pages of notes contributed by colleagues, collaborators, and friends. Taken today as cultural artifacts, the scrapbooks are a testament to Lieberson’s participation and influence in the record business and across the American musical community. He was admired by those around him, and seemed to have his hand in everything. 
The scrapbooks are impressive, in both a physical and a cultural sense. Letters of congratulations, thanks, and best wishes comprise two massive volumes — each volume measures 18 inches wide by 16.5 inches high and is 2.5 inches thick, filled to the brim with contributions. On the inside, each page is a different character. The books are rife with an eclectic variety of ink colors, letterheads, illustrations (and sometimes doodles), messy notes, and impeccable cursive. And on the outside, each hardcover binding features an imposing reproduction of Al Hirschfeld’s portrait of Lieberson — a fitting point of entry into volumes overflowing with famous names from every corner of American culture.
Flipping through the pages of each volume may be the equivalent of flipping through Lieberson’s own Rolodex, but to an outsider, the names look more like the guest list for the Kennedy Center Honors or the Academy Awards. Taken together, the names in these two volumes comprise a “Who’s Who” of American popular and high art culture in the 1950s and 60s. As we might expect, the lion’s share of contributions are from musicians that Lieberson worked with, though the genres and eras they represent are impressively broad. There are notes from musicians of every kind, including Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Aaron Copland, and Dave Brubeck. One especially large page is filled with the signatures of each member of the New York Philharmonic — the note is pasted in and doubled over to accommodate the number of signatures (see image below). Names of cultural icons, too, can be found tucked between the pages of musical figures: a note from Jacqueline Kennedy (written just months after JFK’s death) directly follows a handwritten, congratulatory composition from Igor Stravinsky (see images below). A number of congratulatory notes come from writers like Samuel Beckett, Noël Coward, and Truman Capote. And if the list above wasn’t enough, luminaries of Broadway and Hollywood are scattered throughout: Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Mary Martin, Rex Harrison, Barbra Streisand, and even Groucho Marx contributed, as well.
These scrapbooks are stunning and star-studded. They could be an autograph archive in their own right. Yet beyond providing the excitement of seeing so many famous names in one place, they demonstrate that Lieberson really was at the center of it all. He worked across disciplines and party lines, and he collaborated with established celebrities as well as up-and-comers. By the end of his career, it would have been hard to point to another executive so beloved and so respected by the entire American artistic community. Lieberson was at the center of a broad network of artists and musicians, and the scrapbooks make that network tangible.
Signaures of New York Philharmonic
Large page signed by members of the New York Philharmonic, 1964
Letter from Jackie Kennedy
Note from Jacqueline Kennedy, 1964
Note from Stravinsky
Note and "congratulatory composition" from Igor Stravinsky, 1964

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The Gilmore Music Library recently enrolled in a free, 30-day trial of RILM Music Encyclopedias, an ever-expanding full-text compilation of over 50 reference works. The free trial begins 2 February 2020 and expires on 3 March 2020.

You can access RME at https://rme.rilm.org.

Please send us your feedback on RME before the trial expires, and fill out this short questionnaire.

If accessing from off-campus, be sure to connect using the Yale VPN. Details are available on the Music Databases Guide.

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