January 2019 Archives

January 4, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King

Check out the following library exhibits if you are on campus in January:

"The Kings at Yale": A Martin Luther King Exhibition This exhibit highlights Dr. King and Coretta King’s visits to Yale using images documents and other archival materials from Yale's Manuscripts and Archives. The Nave, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, from Jan. 9 through March 1.

Bibliomania; or Book Madness: A Bibliographical Romance This exhibit highlights four case studies showcasing the often-unexpected relationships between books and their readers, owners, authors, collectors and creators. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street, from Jan. 18 through April 21.

Berkeley Divinity School: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective This exhibit provides visitors with different views and information about the school’s origin, controversies and historical memorabilia. Divinity School Library, 409 Prospect Street, through Jan. 25

"To Be Ourselves in Print”: Divinity Student Publications of the 1960’s This exhibit spotlights twelve publications written, edited and produced by students of Andover Newton Theological School, Berkeley Divinity School and Yale Divinity School, between 1965 and 1971. Divinity School Library, 409 Prospect Street, through Jan. 25

Selling Smoke: Tobacco Advertising and Anti-Smoking Campaigns This exhibit features archival materials on the history of tobacco advertising and anti-smoking campaigns. Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, through Feb. 22.

Navigating the World: Geospatial Approaches at Yale This exhibit highlights current geospatial projects including the works of scholars from four different schools at Yale University. 24-Hour Space, Center for Science and Social Science Information, Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect Street, through April 1.

Student Research at Yale University Library This exhibit highlights research done in Yale University Library collections by four students, each of whom has curated one section of the exhibit. Exhibition Corridor, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, through May 4.

In addition, tours of the Cushing Center, home to a unique historical collection of brain specimens and other materials related to the history of neurological medicine, are offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Cushing Center is located in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. The Beinecke Library will host introductory tours to its iconic building and collections at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 5, 19 and 26. Please note that there will be no tour on Jan. 12 due to nearby construction. The library’s Mondays at Beinecke series of tea and gallery talks will resume on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. with a talk related to the Bibliomania exhibit. All are welcome to these free tours and talks.

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January 3, 2019

head and shoulders of young Chinese woman

Lam Qua, a 19th-century Western-trained artist in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, painted portraits of patients with tumors and other disfiguring medical conditions for Dr. Peter Parker, a Yale-trained physician and Protestant missionary who opened a hospital in Canton in 1834. Parker used the paintings to promote his medical missionary work and raise funds for the hospital.

Eighty four of the oil paintings make up the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s Lam Qua Paintings Collection, which is now the subject of an article on the website Atlas Obscura. The medical library also holds Peter Parker’s papers. 

Atlas Obscura writer Veronique Greenwood traces the collection’s history and follows several patient narratives, part of the larger Peter Parker collection.  Greenwood also shows how Lam Qua’s work evokes and responds to European portraiture of the same era. Points of connection include the Grande Odalisque of Jacques Auguste Dominique Ingres, the British society portraits of Sir Thomas Lawrence, and portraits by Lawrence’s contemporary George Chinnery, who arrived in South China in 1825 at the outset of Lam Qua’s career. 

Beyond their artistic and historical interest, the paintings have also served a distinctly modern use. In April, two Yale professors of dermatology used ten of the portraits for Grand Rounds, a teaching exercise in which physicians and medical residents review and discuss clinical cases. Instead of observing and interviewing living patients, the students were asked to diagnose Dr. Parker’s patients based on close visual observation of the portraits. Read the Yale News story, "19th-century portraits provide dermatology residents a lesson in looking."

See the medical library’s collection description with links to digital images

Image: Detail from Portrait No. 6, showing a woman with a large growth on her right hand, by Lam Qua (1801-1860), Peter Parker Collection, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

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