Entries Tagged as 'Acquisitions'

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Maurice Blanchot papers acquired by Harvard

Houghton Library has acquired the archive of French writer, literary theorist, and philosopher Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003) from his daughter, Cidalia Blanchot. Christie McDonald, Smith Professor of French Language and Literature at Harvard University, said, “I am thrilled by Houghton’s acquisition of this important archive.  Scholars will have unprecedented access to material that will give us […]

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in September

Finding aids for 16 newly cataloged collections were added to the OASIS database this month. This marks the last time this list will be compiled by Senior Manuscript Cataloger Bonnie B. Salt, who created more than 580 of these finding aids in the course of her distinguished career at Houghton. We are sorry to see […]

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Early Home Entertainment: Engelbrecht’s Miniature Theatres

The Harvard Theatre Collection has recently acquired three works by Martin Engelbrecht, an eighteenth-century engraver and printer. He is perhaps best known for the series of intricate, hand-colored prints he created, designed to form theatrical scenes when viewed in peepshows. A form of entertainment very popular in Europe by the mid-18th century, peepshows could be […]

Monday, August 10th, 2015

“Shine on my love in all her ways”

This intriguing piece of vernacular art, recently acquired by Houghton, tells a tale of heartsick woe from late 18th century New England. We know little about the author beyond his initials, E.W., and that he apparently created this piece after the object of his affections turned down his proposal of marriage. This item, known as […]

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Ginsberg for sale

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. The Beats continue their expansion onto Houghton’s shelves by means of Santo Domingo Collection accessioning; Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) is the most recent author to attain fuller representation in our catalog. Ginsberg books in the collection range from the slightest volume […]

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Morbid beauty

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Of the many altered states of consciousness chronicled in the Santo Domingo Collection, death may be merely the most permanent; as a subject often circumnavigated out of discomfort, fear, superstition, or propriety, it takes its place alongside sexuality and drug […]

Friday, May 8th, 2015

A surprising Scandinavian lithograph

Harvard Library’s holdings in Scandinavian imprints are extensive. Quite aware of this, Wake Forest University recently gifted to Harvard a small but rich collection of Scandinavian books, including autographed copies of Karen Blixen first editions, unique 18th century imprints, and unusual 19th century military manuals. One volume seems diminutive on the surface. Carl Rothlieb’s Beskrifning […]

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Fashion in Vienna

Want the latest fashions for the 1820s? Just head to Vienna. I’ve seen fashion plates (and in the Ward Collection, costume plates of course) from Paris, but how did Ward manage to find fashion plates for the enlightened Viennese theater-goer?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in April

Finding aids for 13 newly cataloged collections, and preliminary box lists for three recent acquisitions, have been added to the OASIS database this month, including toy theaters and set designs, Colonial U.S. manuscripts, and a collection of science fiction fanzines. Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Andrew Eliot Letters, 1767-1776 (MS Am 882.5) Processed by Rebekah […]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

There’s an app for that

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Henri Austruy, born in 1871, was an attorney and editor of the journal La nouvelle revue from 1913 to 1940, when occupying Nazi forces shut the journal down. 1940 is also the approximate date of Austruy’s unrecorded death, which may […]