September 19th, 2013

New Digitization Roundup, Part V

Catholic Church. Psalter with canticles : manuscript, [ca. 1300]. MS Lat 394Another batch of new digitization has us nearly caught up! This week’s highlights include an illuminated medieval manuscript, early printed music, and the biography of a 19th century tattooed sideshow performer.
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September 13th, 2013

New Digitization Roundup, Part IV

Tavernier, Melchior, d. 1641. Theatre contenant la description de la carte generale de tout le monde,1642. 45-1198*Highlights in this installment of newly digitized works include a manuscript J.E. Bach sonata, the original drawings for woodcuts in a 1550 book, a 1785 treatise on ballooning, and a detailed 16th century map of Constantinople.
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September 6th, 2013

New Digitization Roundup, Part III

Ronconi, Francesco, 17th cent. Applausi poetici alle glorie della signora Leonora Baroni, 1639. Mus 1452.15More newly digitized complete works and substantial collections. Highlights this week include a 1485 hunting manuscript with beautiful miniatures, compositions by Pauline Viardot-García, and biographies of sideshow performers.
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September 5th, 2013

Emily Dickinson’s Music Book (EDR 469)

In her formative years, the American poet Emily Dickinson’s interests centered on the study of voice and especially piano, for which she displayed considerable accomplishment and ambition. Her correspondence supplies the background for these activities while the contents of her music book provides a revealing perspective on just how assiduously and enthusiastically she collected, listened to, and performed the music of her time.

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September 4th, 2013

New on OASIS in September

Theatre Royal (Coventry, England). Last night of Uncle Tom's Cabin with the favourite play of The Stranger : printed playbill; London, 1853 January 5. MS Thr 970 (4)Finding aids for seven newly cataloged collections, and a preliminary box list for one recent acquisition, have been added to the OASIS database this month, including a scrapbook of Theodore Roosevelt’s time at Harvard, a collection of playbills for Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the recordings of the Phone-A-Poem project.

Processed by Michael W. Austin:
Christophe Daniel Ebeling Papers, ca. 1799-1818 (MS Ger 1)

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September 3rd, 2013

The works of David Gasgoyne

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection.

The Santo Domingo collection is broad in scope, but its many volumes also accommodate exhaustive collecting of a number of particular authors. Among these is David Gascoyne (1916-2001), the British poet and translator known for his association with the Surrealist movement in his early career. Processing is currently underway on an archive of Gascoyne’s papers as part of work on Santo Domingo.

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August 30th, 2013

New Digitization Roundup, Part II

Plutarch. De liberis educandis. [Brescia : Giovanni Britannico, 7 December 1485]. Inc 6980This week’s roundup includes an unfinished manuscript by Alexandre Dumas, a 1609 Shakespeare quarto, and the uncut 7-volume manuscript of an early-20th century utopian novel.
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August 28th, 2013

What’s New: Méhul figures some bass

John M. Ward, one of the Theatre Collection’s most generous donors, cherished great admiration for the composers who survived the French Revolution. Cherubini, Paër, and Méhul were particular favorites, and Ward collected their music extensively. Believing as he did that keeping one’s head through such interesting times demanded special characteristics, he hoped that the materials he assembled would help document just what made these composers so successful through so many tricky changes of regime. Cataloging their works always brings back happy memories of Wardian discourse.

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August 23rd, 2013

New Digitization Roundup, Part I

Sheet music featuring the Grossmith family. “The parrot and the cat.” MS Thr 853 (10)It’s been a while since we updated you on the new digitization activity that is constantly going on here at Houghton, so here is a sampling of some of the items we’ve recently digitized in their entirety. This batch includes papers from the Dreyfus Affair, a Tchaikovsky score, and letters from the journalist and radical activist John Reed. (As a reminder, we also feature single images that have been digitized on the Houghton Library Tumblr.).
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August 16th, 2013

“Footprints on the sands of time”

“A Psalm of Life”: Autograph manuscript (detail): MS Am 1340 (72) – Trustees of the Longfellow House Trust, 1976Rejecting the Psalmist’s solemn emphasis on death and the life hereafter, Cambridge poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in “A Psalm of Life” famously exhorts his readers to seize the day and leave their mark in this world:

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of Time …

This beloved poem first appeared in the Knickerbocker Magazine (October, 1838) and was later included with other early works in Voices of the Night (1839). A rough draft came into the possession of Longfellow’s close friend, Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner, who returned it in a letter to the poet’s wife Fanny on New Year’s Day 1845, “which has let its first stealthy footsteps on the snow” – a clever play upon Longfellow’s footprint trope.
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