Entries Tagged as 'Digitization'

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

What’s in a Photograph? A Photograph by Any Other Name is Still a Photograph

By Lillianne Keaney, Horblit Project Cataloger, Houghton Library The term “photograph” is actually quite broad. It encompasses black and white photographs (gelatin silver prints), chromogenic color prints, albumen prints, carbon prints, collodion prints, salted paper prints, digital photographs, palladium prints, daguerreotypes, and many others that are produced using different photographic processes (check out Graphics Atlas […]

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Exhibition catalogs digitized

We’re pleased to share the news that we’ve digitized a few of our favorite exhibition catalogs from the past, focused on our collection of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. We hope those interested in the field will find them a valuable resource. Late Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, 1350-1525, in the Houghton Library (1983) The Bible […]

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Glossing the Law in Houghton Library MS Typ 121

So why would the Ames Foundation, which focuses on the history of law, want to have Houghton MS Typ 121 digitized? There are dozens of manuscripts of the Digestum vetus, roughly the first third of Justinian’s Digest or Pandects, which is itself the largest part of the Corpus Iuris Civilis, the compilation of texts of […]

Friday, July 25th, 2014

New acquisitions: Unpublished Robert Gould Shaw letters

Robert Gould Shaw famously wrote more than two hundred letters to members of his family over the course of the Civil War. Five unpublished letters from Shaw to his family, and two letters from Shaw’s sister Susanna to Shaw, have recently been added to Houghton’s collection.

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, […]

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Vetālapañcaviṃśati, A Manuscript Divided

The Vetālapañcaviṃśati, or the twenty-five tales of the corpse-possessing spirit, is an Indian story collection dating back to at least the 11th century CE. The framing narrative tells the story of a king who is tricked into helping an ascetic perform a necromantic ritual in a cremation ground. The king is tasked with the fetching […]

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

SHIFTING BRILLIANCIES: Digitizing Harvard’s Heaney Recordings

“You can go backwards as well as forwards.” –Seamus Heaney When I first began the task of creating metadata for our recently-digitized Seamus Heaney recordings (part of the Woodberry Poetry Room’s initiative to digitize its entire collection of rare and at-risk Heaney cassettes), I anticipated a fairly straightforward trajectory. I’d sit down, don the headphones, […]

Friday, January 31st, 2014

New Digitization October-December 2013

Here are the complete works and collections we’ve digitized in the last three months. Highlights include Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson manuscripts, photographs of the home of Sarah Orne Jewett, and an illustrated Dutch incunabulum on the destruction of Troy.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

2013 Year in Review

It’s been a great year for the Houghton Blog, which attracted more than 35,000 unique visitors during 2013. Let’s take a look back at our ten most popular posts on the year.   10. Reading Ira Aldridge. On the great 19th century African-American actor and expatriate. 9. What’s New: A Digital Harmony. Announcing the digitization […]

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Where can you purchase a handsome notecard for $2?

Houghton Library, that’s where! 10 new notecards added in the lobby carousels Staff, Readers, Fellows and Friends… in your travels through the Houghton collections, please keep images (this can be images of text too) in mind as possible candidates for future notecards. Dark images tend to not reproduce well and we try to pick images […]