May 2017 Archives

May 1, 2017

The Yale Library is offering an exciting array of events during Reading Week (May 1-5) for all Yale students! Activities include pizza, games, Zumba, Yoga, donuts, origami, puzzles, coloring, & ever-popular visits from therapy dogs Louie & Heather! There will also be a Library Jam featuring the Whiffenpoofs & Whim N' Rhythm. Check the library calendar for a full listing of locations & times.

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May 1, 2017

Join us to hear about the History Keepers Project on Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00pm in the SML International Room, where fifteen Yale students will present summaries of their research into the Black experience at Yale – part of a collaboration between the Yale Library and the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale.

During this semester, fourteen archivists and librarians* from the Yale Library have been working with the Afro-American Cultural Center to introduce fifteen Black undergraduate students to history research methodologies, library tools and resources, and careers in academia, libraries, and archives. The research focus of the program has been on researching the Black experience at Yale, with each student being mentored by an archivist or librarian. Please join us in celebrating the program. All are welcome!

The History Keepers Program is a collaboration between the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center, the Yale University Library, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

*Anna Arays, Melissa Barton, Gwyneth Crowley, Afua Ferdnance, Emily Horning, Caitlin Lam, Bill Landis, Mike Lotstein, William Massa, Suzanne Noruschat, Gabby Redwine, Judith Schiff, Camila Tessler, Chris Weideman

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May 8, 2017

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at Yale is delighted to announce that it is one of the recipients of a grant from the Grammy Museum.

Generously funded by The Recording Academy, the Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, in addition to research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

The Music Library will use its portion of the grant to preserve approximately 335 hours of unique non-commercial audio, predominantly from 1937–1956, featuring music by Charles Ives. Most recordings are on at-risk formats, notably instantaneous disc. All recordings will be digitized following International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives guidelines. Digitized content will be ingested into the library's digital preservation system and made available via one of its mediated streaming tools. Read the full details here.

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May 8, 2017

During the past semester, fourteen Yale archivists and librarians were part of a collaborative program with the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. It introduced fifteen Black undergraduate students to history research methodologies, library tools and resources, and careers in academia, libraries, and archives. At a well-attended event in early May in the Yale Library, the students presented on their research into a variety of aspects of the Black experience at Yale.  A few weeks earlier, the students participated in three lectures by Black library and archives professionals from around the country. Each of the three interviewees – Dorothy Berry, Vicki Coleman, and Dr. Meredith Evans – spoke about their educational background, career path to date, and thoughts about their future careers.  Two of the three lectures can be accessed online at the links below.

For further information about the History Keepers Program, contact the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center at:

Dorothy Berry, Umbra Search Metadata and Digitization Lead at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Dr. Meredith Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Vicki Coleman, Dean of Library Services at the F. D. Bluford Library, North Carolina A&T State University. (lecture not available online)

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May 10, 2017

On behalf of the 550 staff of the Yale University Library, congratulations to all of our graduating students! We wish you every future success!
As a graduate of Yale College, your library access automatically expires on May 31, but you are entitled to three free months of borrowing privileges. You may set this up any time after May 11 by visiting the service desk in Sterling Memorial Library, open Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:45 and Saturday from 10:00-4:45.  Bring a government issued ID card, your student ID, and any materials that are currently checked out to your undergraduate library account. Don't worry - we can charge the same items out again to your new account! Please note: You will retain VPN access to our electronic resources through October 1. You will no longer have access to the following services after you register for borrowing privileges or after May 31, 2017:
Borrow Direct
Interlibrary Loan
Scan and Deliver
Bass Media Checkout
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call our service desk at 203-432-1775.

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May 15, 2017

Bookplates, marks of ownership that have existed for centuries, acquired a new life outside the covers of books in their golden age. At this turn-of-the-twentieth-century moment, bookplates were prized for their aesthetic value, and it became an international phenomenon to collect, study, and exchange them. This accompanied improvements to printing technologies that made books and their bookplates more affordable for the aspiring and rising middle class. From his home on New Haven’s Whitney Avenue, William Fowler Hopson catered to a growing marketplace that sought out individualized, personal bookplates. Hopson’s process realizing his 201 bookplate commissions—preserved in correspondence, sketches, and corrected trial proofs—demonstrates his commitment to encapsulating his patrons’ identities.

This exhibition in the Sterling Memorial Library exhibits corridor, features Hopson’s artistic materials and personal papers, part of the Yale Bookplate Collection and Yale’s Manuscripts and Archives, to elucidate the process of inventing, negotiating, and printing bookplate designs in their golden age. Ultimately, Hopson’s clients commissioned bookplates with artistic representations that were emblematic of their familial, personal, and communal contributions. By tracing the claims made through these commissions, we gain unique insight into some of the social standards and aspirations at the turn of the twentieth century in America.

The exhibit is on view until October 6.

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May 15, 2017

In March 2017, Jana Krentz, Librarian for Latin American Studies at Yale, traveled to Cuba as an embedded librarian in a Yale Course on Cuban history and culture, and as part of the Cuban Initiative of the Council for Latin American & Iberian Studies. During the two-week trip, she continued her work with students and also purchased books for the Yale University Library. On Tuesday June 13 at 2:00 pm (Bass Library L01 A&B), Jana will talk about her integration into the course, her expectations as an embedded librarian, and the reality of that role once in Cuba. She will also discuss the challenges of undertaking a buying trip to Cuba.

All are welcome to join us for this forum sponsored by SCOPA.

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May 15, 2017

Can ordinary people be expected to put aside their political predispositions when they serve as jurors in politically charged cases? Are judges just "politicians in robes?" This talk by Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, will present experimental data addressing these questions and others that bear on the impartiality of law. Join us on Wednesday May 24 at 2:00 pm in William L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall Street) Room 119.

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His primary research interests are risk perception and science communication. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and related facts. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, his research has investigated public disagreement over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and conflicting public impressions of scientific consensus. Articles featuring the Project’s studies have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed scholarly journals including the Journal of Risk Research, Judgment and Decision Making, Nature Climate Change, Science, and Nature. He is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

All are welcome to join us for this forum sponsored by SCOPA.

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May 15, 2017

“Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light,” now on view at the Yale University Art Gallery, incorporates materials from the Thomas Wilfred Papers held in Yale University Library’s Manuscripts and Archives. The collection includes Wilfred’s correspondence, drawings, photographs, and miscellaneous materials documenting his professional career.

Thomas Wilfred (1889-1968), a Danish-born American artist, musician, and inventor, chose light as his preferred artistic medium. Formerly a successful lute player, Wilfred channeled his musical talents into his artistic endeavors by creating performative, time-based works. He called these creations of light and color “lumia.” Very few of his works are static, and many unfold over a set length of time. Untitled, Op. 161, currently on view at the Yale University Art Gallery, runs for one year, three-hundred and fifteen days, and twelve hours before repeating itself.

After moving to the United States in 1916, Wilfred began developing the Clavilux, an organ-like mechanical invention that allow others to create, manipulate, and project lumia in real time. Small models, some automatic, were intended for home use. Other versions were quite large. The 1934 Chicago World’s Fair included a Lumia Theatre, where a “lumianist” performed nightly recitals on a large, five-projector Clavilux instrument. Although none of these larger instruments have survived, the Thomas Wilfred papers include photographs and sketches of Clavilux models and projectors, as well as research for design plans and notated compositions for “visual symphonies.”

Musical parallels accompany many of Wilfred’s works. He invented instruments intended for performance, organized formal recitals, created a system of notation, and even referred to his compositions with opus numbers (a system typically used to catalogue a composer’s musical works). Despite these obvious connections, performances of lumia are always silent. Wilfred believed that light could stand alone as its own art form, and he sought to establish this by founding the Art Institute of Light. The Thomas Wilfred papers include sketches for a permanent facility with recital halls dedicated to lumia performances.

With a current exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery and an upcoming exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Wilfred’s lumia are experiencing a revival. The Thomas Wilfred Papers will continue to illuminate the history, technology, and context of lumia for contemporary audiences.

Hilary Purrington

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May 17, 2017

Accordionist/composer Guy Klucevsek recently became the 500th figure to be added to Major Figures in American Music, the core collection of Oral History of American Music (OHAM) at Yale University Library. OHAM director Libby Van Cleve interviewed him on April 19 at his Staten Island home.
Major Figures in American Music, which was started in 1970 when Vivian Perlis interviewed Charles Seeger, consists of over 1,200 interviews with composers, performers, and other significant musicians. The first subjects were those most fragile in terms of age and health, such as Eubie Blake, Nadia Boulanger, Aaron Copland, Harry Partch, Claire Reis, and Virgil Thomson. Among other senior composers interviewed during OHAM's first decade were John Cage, Lou Harrison, Ernst Krenek, Leo Ornstein, and William Schuman. As OHAM proceeded, composers actively involved in their careers were included and have been updated periodically. To name a few: John Adams, Anthony Braxton, David Del Tredici, Lukas Foss, David Lang, Steve Reich, and Julia Wolfe. OHAM's program also includes oral histories with emerging young talents, with the plan to track their careers as they unfold in the future. In addition to interviews with primary subjects, the core unit includes testimonies from secondary sources about George Gershwin, Henry Cowell, Harry Lawrence Freeman, Percy Grainger, and Arnold Schoenberg. Interviewees in recent years include an increasing number of Jazz figures, such as Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins, Larry Coryell, and Sue Mingus.
OHAM’s other collections include secondary-source interviews on Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Paul Hindemith, and the Steinway Brothers, as well as video interviews with Yale School of Music composition students and numerous acquisitions. The complete OHAM archive includes more than 2,500 interviews.
A listing of OHAM’s interviews, along with selected transcript tables of contents, can be found at OHAM’s LibGuide.
Researchers may submit this form to acquire transcripts and request free 30-day limited streaming.

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May 19, 2017

On Monday, May 22, the university will be celebrating its 316th Commencement ceremony, which will affect access to Sterling Memorial Library for several hours, as follows:  

  • SML will be closed to the public until 3:00pm, when it will reopen until 7:45pm. Bass Library will be open its usual hours, 8:30am-9:45pm.
  • The book-drops outside SML will remain open until 3:00pm, after which books can be returned inside the building.
  • LSF and Eli Express deliveries will be suspended all day.

Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation!

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May 30, 2017

“Constructing a Pictorial Identity: Bookplates in the Golden Age of Collecting,” a new exhibit in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor, explores the early twentieth century phenomenon of collecting and exchanging bookplates. Curator Olivia Armandroff (Berkeley College ‘17) focuses her research on the career and artistic output of William Fowler Hopson (1849-1935), a New Haven-based bookplate designer.
By the late nineteenth century, improvements in printing technology allowed books to become more affordable and accessible to members of the rising middle class. This new accessibility encouraged individuals to establish personal libraries, and customized bookplates quickly became a popular way to celebrate collections. Eventually, commissioning and collecting bookplates became a means of self-expression. Tucked inside privately-owned volumes, bookplates captured everything from treasured memories to favorite fictional scenes. New Haven-based artist William Fowler Hopson became a prominent bookplate designer in the late nineteenth century, and his business remained active until his death in 1935.
“Constructing a Pictorial Identity” developed from Armandroff’s senior thesis. Given the highly visual aspect of her research topic, selecting which images to display became one of the most daunting aspects of her project. Out of the over two hundred designs by William Fowler Hopson available through Yale Library, Armandroff could only include a small number. She wanted to demonstrate trends by displaying similar designs, but she also wanted to represent the breadth of Hopson’s artistry. Deciding which examples were most important and determining how they should be organized and displayed impacted how Armandroff approached her written thesis.
Throughout her research process, Armandroff made extensive use of sub-collections contained within the Yale Bookplate Collection, an archive containing over one million bookplates. Molly Dotson, Special Collections Librarian, guided her as she navigated this considerable resource. Many collections within the Yale Bookplate Collection do not have finding aids on the library website, and Dotson helped her understand how the diverse collections are organized.
In addition to the visual materials by Hopson included in the Yale Bookplate Collection, the William Fowler Hopson Papers, held by Manuscripts and Archives, also became an essential resource. This collection includes Hopson’s business correspondence, account books, and other personal files. Bill Landis, Head of Public Services in Manuscripts and Archives, provided Armandroff with valuable support as she explored and analyzed these materials. The Hopson Papers gave her insight into Hopson’s artistic processes, interactions with customers, and day-to-day business operations.
As a double major in both the History and History of Art departments, Armandroff received guidance from two faculty advisors, Jean-Christophe Agnew (Professor of American Studies and History) and Edward Cook (Charles F. Montgomery Professor in the History of Art and Professor of American Studies). They encouraged her to consider her potential audience members and tailor her research so that both her exhibit and thesis could appeal to a wider scope of individuals.
Kerri Sancomb, the Exhibits Production Coordinator for Yale University Library, advised Armandroff as she developed her thesis into a visually compelling exhibit. Sancomb also served as chair of the committee that selected her as this year’s student curator. “When we interviewed her in the fall,” says Sancomb, “Olivia showed a strong understanding of her subject matter, articulated a clear vision for her project, and asked the right questions.” The project gave her the unique opportunity to participate all aspects of the exhibit from start to finish and make major decisions.
Over the past three years, exceptional students like Olivia Armandroff have received opportunities to curate exhibits within Sterling Memorial Library. Selected students gain curatorial experience and work closely with faculty members, librarians, and conservators. This spring, Stephen Stack ‘67 committed to endow a fund that will support student exhibits at Yale Library in perpetuity. Next year, Armandroff will move to Washington D.C. and serve as a John Wilmerding Fellow at the National Gallery, and she hopes to pursue a career in curatorial work. The opportunity to design and create an exhibit at Yale Library has provided her with valuable and unique experience.

The exhibit is on view until October 6.

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