Entries Tagged as 'HarryElkinsWidener'

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Circulating libraries

I recently had the great pleasure of assisting a Jane Austen scholar who was looking for book evidence of English circulating libraries during Austen’s lifetime. At first I thought that the assignment would be a piece of cake, since I’d run across a fair amount of 18th and 19th century French subscription library evidence in […]

Monday, April 21st, 2014

New Digitization January-March 2014

Here are the complete works and collections we’ve digitized in the last three months. Highlights include one of our most spectacular medieval manuscripts, the Emerson-White Hours, a 17th century manuscript on magic tricks, a sonata by Handel, and a 19th century book of paper dolls. Account of Miss Pastrana, the Nondescript; and the Double-bodied Boy, […]

Friday, April 20th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: “I have the honour to report further explorations”

Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), best known for his novels Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, spent the final four years of his life on his estate near the village of Vailima in Samoa. Over the course of these years, he wrote 45 letters to his dear friend […]

Friday, March 9th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: “We return on the maiden voyage of the Titanic”

One hundred years ago this week, Harry Elkins Widener, Harvard class of 1907, wrote this letter to his friend and advisor Luther Livingston. He begins: “Just a few lines to tell you I am about make a quick trip to England. We sail on Wednesday at 1 a.m. on the Mauretania and return on April […]

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Harry Elkins Widener remembered

Our newest online exhibition examines two crucial figures in the history of the Harvard College Library, Harry Elkins Widener, and his mother Eleanor, who gave Harvard both Harry’s outstanding collection of books and manuscripts, and the library that memorializes him.