Entries Tagged as 'HydeEarlyModern'

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Looking Beyond the Text in Frances Wolfreston’s Books

By Sarah Lindenbaum In the introduction of Marks in Books, Roger Stoddard’s catalogue of his 1984 exhibit on marginalia and other book traces, he writes, “As anthropologists have discovered, traces of wear can tell us how artifacts were used by human beings. Books no less than tools, apparel, and habits can show signs of wear, […]

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Translated for Action: Gabriel Harvey’s Grammar-Drama

This post was written by Andrew S. Keener, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Santa Clara University. A recipient of the Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography, Keener was a 2016–2017 Houghton Library Visiting Fellow. The sixteenth-century scholar Gabriel Harvey has fascinated researchers of early modern reading and handwriting for decades, but an investigation […]

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Collections Now Available for Research: August 2018

Houghton Library is pleased to announce the following collections are now described online and accessible in the reading room. Collection of Anderson Entertainment Bureau Printed Ephemera, circa 1900-1910 (MS Thr 1844) – processed by Melanie Wisner Boyle Family Papers, 1657-1903 (MS Eng 218) – processed by Michael Austin British Prompt Book Collection and Theatrical Manuscript […]

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Collections Now Available for Research: August 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.  Vera Allen papers, circa 1942-1986 (MS Thr 1670) – processed by Melanie Wisner Harvard Theatre Collection of New York Yiddish Theater Playbills, circa 1880s-1890s (MS Thr 1655)  – processed by […]

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Solar Eclipses and Citizen Science

As you’ve probably heard, a solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S. today from coast to coast. The PBS television program NOVA will air a special episode tonight including live footage of the eclipse, and talking about the history and scientific significance of solar eclipses. Back in April, a film crew visited Houghton in […]

Monday, August 7th, 2017

A Curious Manuscript

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. Melesinda Munbee’s Miscellany found its way into my hands one day  in 2002 when I was browsing our stacks, looking for manuscripts to […]

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

The Road to Revolution

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. I have handled thousands of magnificent objects over my thirty-plus years as a rare book cataloger, but nothing comes close to finding this […]

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. […]