Entries Tagged as 'HydeEarlyModern'

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The Start of Something Big

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the exhibition Open House 75: Houghton Staff Select on display in the Edison and Newman Room from May 8 – August 19, 2017. In 1746, a consortium of London publishers approached Samuel Johnson, a rising star in the literary world, with a proposal: write […]

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Collections Now Available for Research: June 2017

Houghton Library is pleased to announce that the following collections now have descriptive finding aids and are available for research in the library’s reading room. American Repertory Theatre Records, 1979-2012 (MS Thr 1605) – processed by Adrien Hilton, Jennifer Lyons, and Dale Stinchcomb Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Costume Designs for Theater, Musical Comedy, Pantomime […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The [n.d.]s of March, or, Recataloging Julius Caesar

A few weeks ago I was in the stacks on some bibliographical errand relating to modern acting editions of Julius Caesar, when I took a moment to appreciate that nearby on the shelf were several seventeenth-century quarto editions of the play. One was dated 1684, another 1691, and between them, intriguingly, were four undated editions. […]

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 […]