From the Collections of Harvard College Library, Events and Exhibitions 2016
September 12 – December 10, 2016
Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in
For Houghton Library’s portion of the exhibit, the emphasis is on the centrality of books to monastic life. Male and female monasticism revolved around religion, but at its heart was a cult of the book: not just the bible, all books. Monastic scriptoria guaranteed the survival and transmission of classical literature and learning. Reverence felt for texts and their authors is manifest in the beauty of the books that were crafted in monasteries and convents. Manuscripts on display at the Houghton Library highlight the scriptorium as both a space for the production of manuscripts and the human collective that produced them.
Major support for the Houghton Library portion of the exhibition has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Edison & Newman Exhibition & Program Fund, the John & Ann Clarkeson Library Fund and the Bayard Livingston & Kate Gray Kilgour Fund.
Edison and Newman Room, Houghton LibraryHours
May 19 – November 1, 2016
The Land Remains: A century of conservation in America’s National Parks
The maps in this exhibition showcase units of the National Park Service in all stages of their history. Many date from before the idea of the government preserving areas of natural beauty or cultural significance had even formed. Many are from the first days of preservation of a site. Some show the process of creating a park and the struggle to protect and preserve hallowed ground while still allowing in the people for whom it is preserved. We hope that these maps will remind you of the beauty and importance of this country’s natural and cultural treasures, and inspire you to #FindYourPark.
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 email@example.com.
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
Houghton Library cordially invites you to a lecture
By Patricia Lovett, MBE
Gold on Parchment: How Manuscripts are Made
Thursday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Houghton Library, Edison and Newman Room
What’s the difference between parchment and vellum, how are feathers made into quills and then how are they used, how did they paint the miniatures in manuscripts, and how did they make gold stick? All of these questions and more will be answered by Patricia Lovett, professional scribe and illuminator who specialises in the traditional skills and processes of mediaeval manuscripts, and will be using examples drawn from the exhibition(s) in her talk. Patricia has written a number of books on the subject, has produced props for film and television, as well as being a hand-double, and was awarded a UK National Honour in 2013 by The Queen for services to calligraphy and heritage crafts.
This lecture is part of a series of public programs associated with
Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Boston Collections and is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
For further information please contact Peter Accardo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-496-4027
You are cordially invited to attend a Frances and Philip Hofer lecture
By Freyda Spira
Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints,
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Philip Hofer and the Art of the Book
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Lamont Library, Forum Room
Followed by a reception Houghton Library, Edison and Newman Room
(No R.S.V.P. required)
William Ivins asserted at the beginning of his tenure as founding curator of prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: “The print collection of a museum cannot be formed solely upon Yes and No answers to the question: Is it a work of art? Rather must it be, like the library of a professor of literature, composed of a corpus of prints in themselves distinctly works of art, filled out and illustrated by many prints which have only a technical historical importance.” Ivins’s lifelong devotion to the art of the book deeply influenced his own collecting practices across the vast range of printed matter. For Ivins, every work of art was a book, a physical thing and a container of ideas, to be seen, studied, and circulated. This lecture will explore how Ivins’s approach to books influenced the phenomenal and wide-ranging collecting practices of Philip Hofer.
For further information please contact Monique Duhaime, Duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-2441
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