Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

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 […]

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 […]

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

A library for a stage, students to act

Last night, within the girdle of Houghton’s walls, Harvard’s own Hyperion Shakespeare Company worked on our imaginary forces, staging five scenes from Shakespeare on four unworthy scaffolds throughout the library. Visitors jumped o’er time, from room to room, to behold the swelling scene! Thank you Hyperion!

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?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Caliban inspires Klingon makeover

“You have never experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon.” At least that’s what Klingon chancellor Gorkon tells Spock in The Undiscovered Country, the last installment of the original Star Trek film series. Like self-serious English majors, Klingons quote the Earth-poet Shakespeare more than any other author—yes, sometimes even in their […]

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

New on OASIS in April

Finding aids for two newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month: Processed by: Irina Klyagin Tony Straiges set designs and models (MS Thr 1317) Berkeley Sutcliffe costume designs (MS Thr 1323)