Entries Tagged as 'HydeEarlyModern'

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Gift of Ben Franklin

A recent project seeking to improve and reclaim legacy cataloging data uncovered this artifact of colonial American history, recorded in Houghton’s card-based shelf list but absent until now from our online catalog. This copy of Votes and proceedings of the House of Representatives of the province of Pennsylvania, the first of three volumes printed and […]

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Top Secret Weapons Systems of 1792

In late 1792, most of Europe was becoming increasingly troubled by the aggressive actions of France’s revolutionary First Republic, which had declared war on Austria and Prussia in April 1792. The War of the First Coalition (1792–1797) was the first attempt by the European monarchies to defeat the French in their political ambitions. The Austrian […]

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

A Revere-d Colonial Cookbook

We don’t have the recipes that the Pilgrims used for the first Thanksgiving feast, but we can gain some insight about the food preparation practices of the Boston colonists of 150 years later, thanks to the survival of cookbooks like Susannah Carter’s The Frugal Housewife, or Complete Woman Cook (1772), just the second cookbook printed […]

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Printers on Ice

The Thames’ frost fairs of the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries are well-documented (as well as featured in two Dr. Who episodes). They occurred during Britain’s Little Ice Age, when winters were cold enough to freeze over parts of the Thames. During them, when the ice was thick enough and lasted long enough, Londoners […]

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in October

Seven finding aids for newly cataloged collections were added to the OASIS database this month, including papers from E.E. Cummings and William James, and a collection of Soviet propaganda regarding the downing of the U2 spy plane in 1962. Processed by Irina Klyagin: Letters to Serge Diaghilev from Various Correspondents, 1916-1929 (MS Thr 1140) Processed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in July

Finding aids for 11 newly cataloged collections, as well as a preliminary box list for one new acquisition, were added to the OASIS database this month. Processed by Irina Klyagin: Costume Designs for French Opera, Theater and Music-Halls, circa 1890-1940 (MS Thr 1137) Theodore Komisarjevsky Costume and Set Designs, 1918-1936 (MS Thr 1143) Costume Designs […]

Monday, June 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in June

Fourteen new finding aids have been added to the OASIS database this month, including Gilbert & Sullivan libretti, programs from Harvard theatrical productions, and documents from U.S. colonial history. Processed by Irina Klyagin: Claud Lovat Fraser Designs, 1919-1921 (MS Thr 1131) Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Plays and Librettos by W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert, […]

Friday, May 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in May

Finding aids for eleven newly cataloged collections, three substantially revised finding aids, and a preliminary box list for one collection were added to the OASIS database this month, including substantial work in preparation for an ongoing project to digitize much of Houghton’s holdings of Colonial American history. Processed by Irina Klyagin: George Barbier Costume Designs, […]