From the Collections of Harvard College Library, Events and Exhibitions 2014



Lilly, William, 1602-1681. The starry messenger;
or, An interpretation of that strange apparition
of three suns seene in London, 19. Novem. 1644. being the birth day of King Charles. London, 1645. *EC65.L6288.B652t

Starry Messengers:
Signs and Science from the Skies
Throughout the ages, we have looked to the night sky in a search for meaning. Comets, meteors, eclipses, and other celestial events have been used by scientists to better understand the physical universe, by sages to predict the future, and by writers seeking inspiration. Starry Messengers brings together books and manuscripts from Houghton's collections that demonstrate how these events were understood in the early modern world.

Please join us for an exhibition opening reception on Tuesday, February 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Edison and Newman Room.

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library
For additional information, please contact John Overholt at or call 617-495-2439 or 617-495-2441



Athanasius Kircher, Mappa fluxus et refl[u]xus rationes in Isthmo Americano in freto Magellanico. ca. 1668.

At a Glance:
Early Methods of Cartographic Visualization
From their earliest manifestations, maps have embodied some form of data visualization. Whether describing geographical coordinates, navigational hazards, transportation routes, or the night sky, maps have served to distill the complexities of our observations and render them more readily comprehensible. However, the cartographic techniques used to depict topographical features and the built environment were often of limited utility in illustrating data derived from in-depth investigations of the physical universe, the biosciences, the economy, or the social system. This exhibit explores early experimentations in visualization impelled by the explosion of empirical data (and the infrastructure for collecting statistics) since the late 18th century. It includes thematic maps of disease, crime, geological strata, ethnographic patterns, and electoral results.

Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library
For details, please contact Joseph Garver at 617-496-3670 or


The Woman Working, Jerusalem, Israel, by Hannah Nunez. Let's Go Special Prize for the best photo by a student working for Let's Go.

The Woman Working, Jerusalem, Israel, by Hannah Nunez. Let's Go Special Prize for the best photo by a student working for Let's Go.

Harvard College
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


1933 Goudey Baseball card no. 118 (Valentine J. (Val) Picinich, Brooklyn Dodgers)

1933 Goudey Baseball card no. 118
(Valentine J. (Val) Picinich, Brooklyn Dodgers)

2014 Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art
The Philip Hofer prize is awarded each year to a student at Harvard whose collection of books or works of art best exemplifies 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 prize winning collection, , A History of the 1933 Goudey Baseball Card Set: From Artwork to Copyright Registration, submitted by Benjamin Lee, Class of 2017.

Third floor display cases, Lamont Library,
For details, contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455


2014 Undergraduate Book Collectiong Prize

Hedin, Sven. Central Asia and Tibet: Towards
the Holy City of Lassa
. Vol. II. 1st ed. London: Hurst and
Blackett, Ltd., 1903. Illustration “Shagdur, the Author,

and Shereb Lama in Pilgrim Attire,” page 311.

2014 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.

Second and third floor display cases, Lamont Library
For details, contact Lynn Sayers at 617-495-2455


There are no lectures scheduled at this time. Please check back.

Continuing Exhibitions

Mercator Globes
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.

Mercator Case, Map Gallery Hall
For details call the Map Collection at 617-495-2417