Entries Tagged as 'Digitization'

Friday, March 29th, 2013

What’s New: Edward Lear Online

Houghton Library holds the largest collection anywhere of original works by the English author and artist Edward Lear (1812-1888). For the past two years the library has been engaged in a project to digitize all this material. The first phase of the endeavor included Lear’s natural history drawings, which were also the subject of an […]

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

What’s New: Videos Highlight Houghton Contributions to Library Lab

Library Lab, a Harvard grant program for funding innovative ideas in libraries, has posted videos about a number of recent projects to YouTube. Three of those projects involve contributions from Houghton staff members: Connecting the Dots is a pilot project using the new archival cataloging standard EAC-CPF to create records for the members of Samuel […]

Friday, March 8th, 2013

What’s New: A Digital Harmony

In 1626, Nicholas Ferrar and his extended family withdrew from London to the village of Little Gidding, where they lived in secluded religious devotion. As part of their practices, the women of the family created a harmony of the Gospels, literally cutting and pasting the four texts to produce a single narrative. King Charles I, […]

Monday, February 11th, 2013

THE REEL PLATH: On the Handwritten Track-Lists of Sylvia Plath’s 1958 and 1959 Sound-tape Reels

Graphology is not necessarily a part of my job description. But, as the curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room, I’ve had occasion to grow curious about the convergence of an author’s handwriting with the audio recordings in our collection. Sound archives offer a particularly compelling constellation of human tools and technology. In the case of […]

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Houghton prepares for the new semester

Last week was orientation week at Harvard and Houghton was in high gear. Wednesday, Houghton joined the Archives and Special Collections table at Dudleyfest, the orientation fair for new Grad Students in Arts and Sciences. Thursday, Houghton participated in the Harvard College Library Freshman Open House hosted by Lamont Library. Reference Librarian James Capobianco introduced […]

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Medieval Sermons, On Display and Online

We are pleased to announce a new online exhibition, “A History of Medieval Christian Preaching,” prepared by Harvard Divinity School Professor Beverly Mayne Kienzle and her students. This site and an exhibition now on display in the Amy Lowell Room accompany a conference of the same name sponsored by Harvard University’s Standing Committee on Medieval […]

Friday, July 27th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: Business as usual in the 2nd Century

Here is a letter, written on papyrus, from Apion, a man of property, to his son of the same name and also to Horion, either a close friend of the family or an unspecified relation. Apion’s concerns are those of any businessman: balancing debits and credits, keeping up with his civic duties, minding his real […]

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Prototyping the future of archival processing

This spring, twelve students in Professor Stuart Shieber’s Harvard University class, Engineering Sciences and Computer Sciences 96, were assigned the problem of examining the Harvard library special collections with the hope of helping to eliminate the problem of backlogged materials unavailable to researchers. Houghton Library and Schelsinger Library worked with the students and the results […]

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Recently Digitized Works

More recently digitized items at Houghton include “whimsical exuberances too tedious to mention” (…like the satirical broadside from which that line comes…), stunningly colored Dürer woodcuts, letters and postcards from Marina Tsvetaeva, a letter from Rembrant, the Olney hymns manuscript,  an 18th century Italian work on fortifications with illustrations by Prince Raimondo di Sangro Sansevero, […]

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Recently Digitized Works

An exciting array of materials have recently been digitized at Houghton. They include manuscript material from Joanna Baillie, George Eliot, John Keats, Charles Lamb, Percy Shelley, Robert Southey, Alfred Tennyson, Hester Thrale and George Washington. A 15th century breviary and Belgian incunable, multiple musical scores, cartoons, broadsides and more may also be viewed fully online.