Entries Tagged as 'Cataloging'

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Shining a spotlight on Hidden Collections

At “hands in the air” in the style of MasterChef at the end of her own arduous MasterSurvey, Dana Gee marks the finish of our own six-month endurance test. Our Hidden Collections Grant to explore strange new worlds of backlog, to seek out new sheet music, to boldly go where no one has gone before, […]

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Son of The heroism of King George

It has already been a busy summer. I had the great good fortune last week to take another Rare Book School course, The Stationers’ Company to 1775, taught by the extraordinary Ian Gadd. Now, you may ask, what the heck is The Stationers’ Company? Basically, it is what today we would call a guild, which […]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

William King Richardson, Part II: “One of the most remarkable specimens of XVth century binding I have ever seen.”

In April the library began a three month project entering provenance information from Houghton incunabula into the Manuscript Evidence in Incunabula database (MEI). Maintained by the Consortium of European Research Libraries, MEI enables scholars to research and compare copy-specific features in incunabula across an international multitude of repositories. These two sets of image show the […]

Friday, June 10th, 2016

William King Richardson, Part I: Diplomas and Certificates

William King Richardson (1859–1951) was a member of the Harvard College Class of 1880. Just two years later he earned a double first at Balliol College, Oxford University (purportedly the first American to obtain this distinction at Oxford). His library was begun at the Lord Amherst of Hackney sale in 1908. For more than forty […]

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

School-to-Work program helps with Charles S. Peirce project at Houghton.

A Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School student helped re-house the Peirce papers. For the fourth consecutive year, we have had the opportunity to hire a paid intern from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (CRLS) to learn about our work by helping end-process our collections. Through the School-to-Work program, (STW), the Harvard Union […]

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Advertising just ain’t what it used to be

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I yearn for The Good Old Days. Consider this advertising flier, which our intrepid sheet music surveyor Dana Gee discovered during her inventory of the Historical Sheet Music Collections of Houghton Library and the Harvard Theatre Collection.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

New on OASIS in May

Finding aids for four newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month:   Processed by: Michael Austin Progressive Party records, 1908-1920 (MS Am 3078)   Minimally Processed by: Adrien Hilton Christopher Durang papers, 1957-2013 (MS Thr 1379)   Processed by: Erin Mernoff with assistance from Andrea Cawelti Sheet music by performer, circa 1800-2000 […]

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Prompt Service: Cataloging the HTC Promptbooks

For much of the past year, I have had the pleasure of cataloging promptbooks from the Harvard Theatre Collection. Promptbooks are texts of plays which have been annotated with stage directions, alterations, descriptions of scenery or sound effects, and other details from actual use in the theatre. They function almost like a blueprint to a […]

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Sherlock shoots up, in shorthand

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Among the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library took a particular collecting interest in his second Sherlock Holmes novel, The sign of the four. The novel’s opening lines, here quoted from the […]

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

More lobster sheet music

No quadrilles, but more lobster sheet music. Here are two pieces for piano, once again featuring ladies in large hats (see previous post) Published in Cleveland … lobsters are an exotic menu item in Cleveland perhaps?