From the Collections of Harvard College Library, Events and Exhibitions 2016
January 10 – April 22, 2017
HIST 75H: A Masterclass on Houghton Library
Harvard faculty celebrate Houghton Library’s 75th anniversary with a masterclass on its outstanding collections.
Nearly 50 academics in fields ranging from astronomy to government reveal Houghton treasures of personal and professional significance. From a wanted poster for Lincoln’s assassins to Charlotte Brontë’s childhood handmade miniature books, the assembled objects represent formative encounters from their student days and careers at Harvard, and the inspiration behind countless publications, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller.
Each year, Harvard faculty lead hundreds of class sessions at Houghton, introducing generations of students to the learning and research potential of the university’s rich and varied special collections. Their ever-evolving perspectives constantly invigorate collections in the library’s care.
Houghton Library invites you to take part in this masterclass with Harvard’s world-renowned teachers and scholars by choosing your own track through this exhibition. We hope they inspire you to have your own encounters with the collections in the reading room, seminar rooms and online.
We’re having a party and you’re invited!
In 2017 Houghton Library turns 75. Join us for a year-long series of events, including exhibitions, film screenings, and open houses, in celebration of the library’s 75th anniversary. For further information on how you can celebrate with us, see houghton75.org.
Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions.
December 14, 2016 – April 19, 2017
Where Disaster Strikes: Modern Space and the Visualization of Destruction
Fires, volcanoes, floods, bombs, droughts, (and monsters). We can easily understand their effect on the built and natural landscape because they happen so suddenly. The Harvard Map Collection invites you to see 350 years of maps that visualize the sudden devastation of disaster, from the London Fire of 1666 through the bombing of Hiroshima to the cities we see destroyed in our movies. Through these maps, we can see how our modern spaces define what counts as disaster and how disasters continue to shape the spaces around us.
Reception for "Where Disaster Strikes" hosted by the Boston Map Society
December 14, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library
To mark the opening of our next exhibition, David Weimer, the curator of “Where Disaster Strikes: Modern Space and the Visualization of Destruction,” will give a brief talk about what we can learn about the relationship between the definitions of “space” and “disaster” by looking at maps. Hosted by the Boston Map Society, the reception, with food and drinks, begins at 5:30 p.m. in Map Gallery Hall. The talk will be in Lamont B-30. Open to all, but RSVP: 617-495-2417 or to email@example.com
November 17, 2016 - February 2017
‘Sublime and Manifest’: The American Romanticism of John James Audubon
Curated by Houghton Library Undergraduate Fellow Jess Clay ‘17
Open Fridays at 2:00 PM and by appointment, Houghton_library@harvard.edu
Keats Room, Houghton Library
March 21, 2016 – January 31, 2017
The Bull Moose and the China Cabinet: Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement
Following the Republican Party’s nomination of incumbent William Howard Taft for president in 1912, supporters of Theodore Roosevelt’s candidacy formed the Progressive Party, which centered upon returning power to the people and creating a more equitable country by the right treatment of its citizens. For nearly 100 years, women had been fighting for equal rights on every front—education; labor; and intellectual, moral, legal, and human rights. Roosevelt’s Progressive Party placed women’s suffrage in its official platform. It was the first major political party to do so. This exhibition examines Roosevelt’s evolving position on women’s suffrage, and includes a page from his Harvard senior paper on women’s rights, correspondence, contemporary newspaper accounts and political cartoons, and artifacts documenting the role and influence of the women in Roosevelt’s life.
The exhibition was guest curated by Melanie Bayless Veteto, a student in the Museum Studies program at the Harvard Extension School. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 23, 2016 – March 31, 2017
Annual International Photo Contest
Photos taken by Harvard students who have studied, worked, interned, or done research abroad during the past year are on exhibit. For more information on the contest, see the photo contest page.
Level B, first and third floor display cases,
Lamont Library (Hours)
For details contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455
May 23, 2016 - May 6, 2017
2016 Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting
Books or Art
The Philip Hofer prize is awarded each year to students at Harvard whose collections of books or works of art best exemplify the traditions of breadth, coherence, and imagination represented by Philip Hofer, A.B. '21, L.H.D. '67, founder and first Curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library and Secretary of the Fogg Art Museum. The prize, which is to encourage student interest in collecting, was established in 1987 by Melvin R. Seiden, A.B. '52, L.L.B. '55. Students competing for the prize submit an annotated list or bibliography and an essay describing the scope, contents, and goal of the collection. On exhibition are samples of this year’s first and second prize winning collections, The Lost and Found Works of Dr. John H. Watson, submitted by Helen X. Yang, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Class of 2016, and Harry Potter Chinese Forgeries, submitted by Christopher J. Foster, Graduate Student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
For details, contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455
May 23, 2016 – May 6, 2017
2016 Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize
Established in 1977, the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting recognizes and encourages book collecting by undergraduates at Harvard. Students competing for the annual prize submit an annotated bibliography and an essay on their collecting efforts, the influence of mentors, the experience of searching for, organizing and caring for items, and the future direction of the collection. On display are samplings of the collections of this year’s prize-winning entries, along with personal commentary.
For details, contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455
Please check back for future lectures.
Exhibition includes Gerard Mercator's terrestrial (1541) and celestial (1551) globes that reflect new discoveries in world geography and cosmography as well as new techniques in charting, printing, and globe making. Only 22 matched pairs survive, Harvard's being the only matched pair in America.
For details call the Map Collection at 617-495-2417
- Anthropological Influences: Great Books Chosen by Harvard Anthropologists
- Such a curious dream! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at 150
- "Music, First and Last": Scores from the Sir Georg Solti Archive
- Boston's Crusade Against Slavery
- A History of Medieval Christian Preaching as Seen in the Manuscripts of Houghton Library
- Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: Twenty Years That Changed the World of Art
- "I Shall Ever Be Your Dearest Love": John Keats and Fanny Brawne
- "Let Satire Be My Song": Byron's English Bards, and Scotch Reviewers
- The Adventures of Thackeray In His Way Through the World: His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Family
- Going for Baroque: The Iconography of the Ornamental Map
- Life is in the Transitions: William James, 1842-1910
- Books in Books: Reflections on Reading and Writing in the Middle Ages
- Harvard's Lincoln
- A Monument More Durable Than Brass: The Donald & Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson
- History of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Collection
- Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200