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Mary Berry Everyday Make every meal special. Meat The ultimate companion. This acquisition was featured in the Almanac Sept. Purchased with support from the B. Barnhill, Donald Creswell, Ellen S. Dunlap, Donald C. Seelye, David Tatham, Mark D. Tomasko, Harry G. They represent the wonderfully eclectic taste of a consummate collector. Three examples are shown, left to right: The Western Primer. Columbus, Ohio: J.
Siebert, The broad lines of this wood-engraved frontispiece depict a log cabin as a sturdy, neat structure that transcends its humble origins to become a symbol of hope, with the sun rising behind it. The plow on the ground, the tended crops to the side, and the two men greeting each other in the foreground, lend an air of industry and hospitality to the entire scene. It is a lively example of the light-hearted books of amusement produced for children despite the hardships of the Civil War. New York: McLoughlin Bros.
Founded in , the McLoughlin Bros. When beginning graduate students and distinguished senior faculty are given the opportunity to not only work side by side in the reading room, but to also talk about their work in both formal and informal settings, collegiality merges into collaboration, and the world of humanities scholarship is enriched. All AAS fellowships begin with the fellow giving a brief talk about their project to the staff, so that everyone, from catalogers to reference staff, can be on the lookout for the resources that each fellow is seeking.
Most fellows also give a longer, more in-depth talk later in their residency to the other fellows, interested staff, and members of the local academic community. Some fellows also offer longer academic seminars to regional audiences or public lectures in the AAS reading room. Fellows in residence at AAS from September through August examined different ways of keeping business accounts in early nineteenth-century America; studied the role of monetary policy in Reconstructionera regional rivalries; surveyed the history of visual representations of female voters; uncovered the ways that optical toys were used to teach children about science; explored the roots of agricultural and industrial innovation in the plantation South; and looked anew at the prevalence and meaning of step-families in early America.
The fellowships that enabled these scholars to visit Worcester are underwritten by endowed funds, by private contributions from individuals, foundations, and professional organizations, and by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Mellon Scholar may also be asked to give public lectures or lead academic seminars.
During the academic year, we were lucky to have two distinguished scholars in residence. Together, Jim and Lois have published some of the most influential works in African-American history of the past three decades. Since we had two distinguished scholars in residence, it was only fitting that they managed to work on two projects during their tenure at AAS. Three new shortterm fellowships were endowed this year: the Lapides Fellowship and the Justin G. Without exception the librarians at the Society are the most helpful, knowledgeable, and engaged we have found in our long research career.
They think like researchers, as well as curators, and we very much appreciated their involvement. Among the most enjoyable aspects of our stay at the Antiquarian Society were the opportunities to be engaged with other scholars and to learn about their work. Finally, the many kindnesses and efficiency of the staff, including building and grounds workers, receptionists, and technology, outreach, education, and events coordinators, did a great deal to ease our stay and make us feel at home.
Alison Klaum, Last Fellow; J. I am certain that everyone who has the privilege to work at the American Antiquarian Society feels this lucky, but I am happy to count myself among the fellows who have benefited tremendously from the generosity and resources of your wonderful institution.
I have never conducted research at a site with staff as knowledgeable, engaged, forthcoming about collections, and, simply, kind and helpful as the one at the AAS. It is very clear that the collections, and their use by researchers, are the focus of the organization. That this mission comes through every day, and through every action, reflects upon the resources and priorities at the AAS.
Rood, Ph. Steven Carl Smith, Ph. Marrs, Office of the Historian, U. Pastore, Ph. Brenton Stewart, Ph. Bahar, Ph. Bak, Ph. Amber LaPiana, Ph. Oliver, Ph. The fellowship was enormously beneficial for my work: it afforded me time, incomparable research materials, and superb intellectual interlocutors with whom to work. It allowed me to complete a number of projects that I had under way and to broaden and deepen the scope of my work on these existing projects. It also opened new avenues of research in relation to materials I discovered in the rich archive of the American Antiquarian Society particularly with the assistance of the excellent staff at the library , and, importantly, it exposed me to the work of other fellows and allowed for productive and enriching conversations with them.
One of the finest aspects of the fellowship experience at AAS is the privilege of working with the staff. For my dissertation, I have done research at a number of libraries, so when I say the AAS has — hands down — the best staff in the United States, I can do so with a high degree of confidence. I thought the other fellows were all working on terrific projects and I enjoyed my staff and fellows talks.
Brian Teare, poet, San Francisco, California, research for an interdisciplinary project including poetry and photographs with a focus on spirit photography and spiritualism. The Californian, San Francisco, Calif. This bound volume of The Californian begins with the first issue of May 28, It was primarily a weekly literary periodical with some local news thrown in.
Charles Henry Webb started the paper, but Bret Harte soon succeeded him as the editor. One of the contributors hired by Harte was Mark Twain—this volume contains at least 11 articles penned by Twain. Duplicate Dollars Fund. Although the focus of the seminar series is historical, it is also broadly interdisciplinary in nature.
This watercolor caricature of President James Madison perched atop a bent-over merchant by an unidentified artist probably dates to ca. Not many printed cartoons depicting Madison survive, although our recent Jay and Deborah Last Fellow, Allison Stagg University of London , has located advertisements in American papers which refer to as-yet-unlocated Madison cartoons for sale in Boston. Possibly this watercolor was inspired by a published cartoon, or it may have been made for display in a barber shop window or tavern room in Federalist New England, where the Republican Madison was greatly disliked.
Anonymous Fund 1. Sold by John M. This broadside documents the business of James M. Ives , a stationer, bookseller and printer in Salem, Mass. Ives published and sold a variety of books and music including school books, songsters, histories and agricultural texts. He also ran the Essex Circulating Library, which in had 3, volumes available to borrowers. He continued to print and sell books after , but no further mention is made of the library.
Harry G. The seminar provides the students with the rare opportunity to do primary research in a world-class archive under the guidance of a scholar trained in the interdisciplinary study of the American past. The seminar focused on the history of sexuality in early America. The American Studies Seminar far exceeded my expectations.
Carter pushed us to examine historical topics through multiple lenses and see the complexity of each issue. She also helped us learn to ask the right i. Overall, it was a great experience—a lot of work, but definitely worth it for anyone in the consortium interested in history.
Daniel Henshaw. Justice of the Peace Notebook, Worcester County, — The Life and Adventures of Punchinello. New York: D. The gilt binding vignette of the comic clown Punchinello was drawn by American binding designer John Feely. Gift of Patricia Otto. This program has brought together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to consider the role that print culture has played in American history and society. In the process, it has helped to train a generation of scholars who have taken the field in new and exciting directions. Reynolds in May see p. The Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture offers intensive training in book history procedures and interpretation around a single thematic area, and gives participants the opportunity to work with AAS collection materials.
A session on the ways historians and literary scholars approach print culture was led by guest lecturer Liam Riordan, a former Joyce Tracy Fellow and associate professor of history at the University of Maine, Orono. Sessions examined Revolutionary print histories through the perspective of Loyalist printers, writers, and distribution networks.
This seminar was organized according to the categories that would best express the vital intersections of Revolutionary history, book history, and the concerns of American Loyalists. Participants in the seminar included: Carol Bundy, independent scholar, Cambridge, Mass.
Ben Chapin, Ph. David Whitesell, curator of books, discusses eighteenth-century type specimen books, and Paul Erickson, director of academic programs, shows participants primary source materials in the Council room. Alexandra Mairs-Kessler, Ph. It was illuminating to see so many pictures that have never before been subject to learned study. Paul Getty Museum.
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There is a subset of prints, however, that focus on interpreting history rather than landscape or genre images. One issue that often surfaces regarding these prints is their accuracy, or whether publishers glossed over reality to convey heroism or an optimistic view of society. The fourth conference of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture CHAViC featured presentations on American identity, consumption of historical prints, political satire and caricature, artistic license, the exchange of imagery between America and Europe, the distribution of urban imagery on Staffordshire pottery, and presidential portraiture.
Conference speakers included curators, librarians, art historians, literary scholars, and historians. Mark Thistlethwaite delivered the keynote address on prints of American historical subjects that were displayed in homes during the antebellum years. He focused on gift books which were popular at the time.
Parlor prints and gift books are being explored in depth at AAS through grant-funded research and cataloging see p. This conference was supported by a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Allison Stagg, Ph. Rachel E. Stephens, Ph. Aimee E. Kenan Jr. During the week, seminar participants also benefitted from the expertise of guest lecturers. David Jaffee, a professor and head of new media research at the Bard Graduate Center, led a session on parlor culture in nineteenth-century America. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, led a hands-on session on photography featuring daguerreotypes, tintypes, and stereoscopes.
The nineteen participants in the seminar were Matthew J. Comments from teachers following K workshops: The AAS staff always comes up with great, and more importantly, classroom applicable materials. I have included many more visuals — even complex political cartoons — into my instruction. A great day, very well organized!
The Society expanded its K programming to school systems in Utah and Florida this past year, offering daylong workshops to educators who traveled to New England under the auspices of two Teaching American History TAH grants from the U. Department of Education. The focus was on nineteenth century industrialization and differences between the economies of the north and south leading to the Civil War. We hope to engage other private companies in supporting K programs, particularly as federal and state government funding for history professional development decreases.
During the academic year, AAS conducted four sets of professional development days that combined informal discussions with a lead scholar, intensive explorations of primary source materials, and pedagogical sessions conducted by coaching teachers who model exemplary curricula and lesson plans designed for specific grade levels. This project encourages teachers to conduct original research in the AAS library and to share their findings and knowledge with their peers. The War of was the subject of the third set of professional development days at AAS on March 15, 16, and 17, , featuring Glenn S.
Gordinier, the Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport. David Hildebrand, a music historian from the Colonial Music Institute in Maryland, performed songs from the Isaiah Thomas broadside ballad collection. On May 3, 4, and 5, , the fourth and final professional development events of the school year.
Fowler, Jr. Compiled by William W. Brown, a fugitive slave. Boston: Bela Marsh, , a rare first edition of this important anti-slavery songster.
Following his escape from slavery in , Brown became one of the foremost African American anti-slavery activists of his day. Stoddard Memorial Fund. The focus was a new National Council of History Education initiative to connect teachers to museums, libraries, and historic sites.
This regional alliance of nine historic sites, museums, and libraries is working to bring educators from around the country into New England for teacher training. These organizations are developing a series of multi-day institutes that offer a variety of hands-on, intensive, and engaging experiences for educators at all levels. Distinguished scholars and curators will lead these programs at historic sites, providing teachers with opportunities to work with primary source artifacts and documents. Interactive activities will allow participants to experience historical events as they happened in the places where they originally occurred.
By offering a comprehensive series of experiences that illuminate one particular theme, the New England Historic Site Collaborative hopes to attract Teaching American History project participants who travel to historic sites throughout the country during the summer school vacations. Often the directors of such programs struggle to make all the necessary arrangements at various historic sites and to develop a coherent intellectual narrative that ties these experiences together and provides teachers with strategies that can be incorporated into their classroom instruction.
In addition to bringing educators to New England, this collaborative has also discussed ways to use video and digital technologies to create virtual field trips and online educational programs. Additional information is posted on www. The American Antiquarian Society is a jewel of Worcester and a national treasure. Extremely informative, thoughtful, and well done. Interesting combination of basic history things one is supposed to know aready with detail that gives them new context, emphasis, and clearer historical importance in influencing events and culture today.
I thoroughly enjoy these programs and recommend them to others. Public Programs filled Antiquarian Hall to capacity during the year, with lecturers covering a wide range of subjects. Perhaps not surprisingly, these free lectures can have entirely different audiences, depending on the topic. He also described the process of researching and writing his book on Custer, The Last Stand. She recounted how Eunice Chapman challenged her husband, who joined the Shakers in , and ultimately the Shaker community itself, to regain custody of her children.
In the last lecture of the fall series, AAS member Paul Finkelman discussed the libel trial of John Peter Zenger, introducing his audience to a colorful cast of characters in early eighteenth-century New York City. Finkelman, a professor of law and public policy at Albany Law School, recently published. Carp, who was a Peterson Fellow in , talked about the audacity of the colonists. Joshua C. Based on a single diary, the book focuses on a Maine midwife and offers a vivid examination of ordinary life in the early American republic, including the role of women in the household and local market economy, the nature of marriage, sexual relations, family life, aspects of medical practice, and the prevalence of crime and violence.
Laurel Ulrich is the th Anniversary Professor at Harvard University, where she teaches in the history department. She recently completed her second term on the AAS Council, serving from The Baron Lecture, named in honor of Robert C. Baron, past AAS Council chairman and president of Fulcrum Publishing, asks distinguished AAS members who have written seminal works of history to reflect on one book and the impact it has had on scholarship and society in the years since its first appearance. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
John B. Hench, who retired as vice president of collections and programs at AAS in , delivered the Wiggins Lecture on November 16, PHBAC offers a range of academic programs in Worcester and at academic conferences around the country as well as a number of short-term fellowships and a popular week-long summer seminar.
This annual lecture honors James Russell Wiggins , who was chairman of the Society from to and editor of the Washington Post. Reynolds , John B. Hench , and Wayne Franklin David S. The book also inspired plays, music, films, and mass merchandise. Past is Present Past is Present www. By the summer of , the AAS blog was already attracting about 5, unique visitors each month. A biennial anniversary two years may not seem like much at an institution that will celebrate its bicentennial in , but we view it as a noteworthy benchmark in the blogosphere and a cause for celebration.
One new feature highlights individual fellows and their research projects.
To date, these featured fellows have hailed from as far way as Germany and France. Another recurring feature on Past is Present is the list of recently published books by members, fellows, and readers that were researched at AAS. Zonderman , six members Wendy Bellion, Q. Tolles , and over a dozen readers.
Kelly, teaches in the history department , Commonplace brings the latest thinking on all matters early American to scholars, teachers, students, hobbyists, and anyone interested in the American past. Common-place reaches an audience much larger than a typical academic journal, with nearly 5, subscribers, and over , page views a month.
Common-place also welcomed new column editors to several of its longestrunning fixtures. In addition, it offered a collection of nearly recipes culled from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cookbooks, providing curious readers with the best possible advice on how to fricassee a squirrel and pickle a peach. President Ellen S. McCorison, recognizing his leadership and dedication to the Society over 50 years. A special selection of books donated to the law library by the late Morris Leo Cohen, an AAS member who died this year, were on view. Councilor William Reese hosted an evening reception at his home.
She was elected to membership in AAS at the semiannual meeting. The semiannual meeting will be held in Boston. Roger E. Stoddard of Lincoln, Mass. One highlight is described at right. Teprell, A spectacular and well-preserved contemporary American binding of marbled calf, the covers elegantly roll-tooled in gilt, the textblock edges stained bright yellow, and the spine so thoroughly gilt-tooled that it is almost too bright to gaze upon. Although unsigned, the binding employs a couple of rolls known to have been used by the noted Boston binder John Roulstone, so it is possibly his work.
Brown, Hampton, Conn. Reese, New Haven, Conn. Dunlap, West Boylston, Mass. Arning, Lunenberg, Mass. Elliot Bostwick Davis, Dedham, Mass. Jane M. Dewey, Norfolk, Mass. James C. Donnelly, Worcester, Mass. Ann Fabian, New York, N. Cheryl Hurley, New York, N. Jane Kamensky, Cambridge, Mass. Barbara Abramoff Levy, Newton, Mass. Ogretta V. McNeil, Worcester, Mass. Richard Rabinowitz, Brooklyn, N. David Rumsey, San Francisco, Calif. Martha Sandweiss, Princeton, N. Richard W. Thaler, Bronxville, N. John W. Tyler, Groton, Mass. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Cambridge, Mass. Dunlap, President John M.
Knoles, Marcus A. Vincent L. Knoles, Curator of Manuscripts Marie E. Lamoureux, Collections Manager Margaret F. Whitesell, Curator of Books S. Benoit, Imaging Coordinator Sarah S. Bilotta, Imaging Coordinator Rhonda B. Bombard, Maintenance Assistant Maurice E. Bouchard, Library Page Andrew D. Bourque, Library Assistant Ashley L. Cataldo, Library Assistant Rebecca L. Hendrickson, Acquisitions Assistant Abigail P. Hutchinson, Bicentennial Coordinator Samantha H. Koury, Receptionist Theresa G. Lomas, Maintenance Assistant Cheryl S. Laura R. Oxley, Book Conservator Jaclyn D.
Paul Spring, Cataloger Caroline W. Talbot, Receptionist Kimberly M. Underwood, Maintenance Assistant Natalya A. MEMBERS Since its founding in , responsibility for the stewardship of this great research library has been vested in the 2, men and women who have accepted membership in the Society. The current roster stands at members, each having been nominated by the Council and elected by the membership.
They include scholars, educators, publishers, curators, journalists, writers, artists, genealogists, booksellers, professionals, corporate executives, civic leaders, and lay persons with an interest in American history. Twelve have been selected as MacArthur Fellows, and one has won an Oscar.
Members have been elected from every region of the nation and from 33 countries. Current members are listed here by month and year of election. A directory of all AAS members is available at www. Roger Eliot Stoddard, A. Sydney Wayne Jackman, Ph. Jules David Prown, Ph. William Hurd Scheide, Mus. Roderick Douglas Stinehour, Litt. David Hackett Fischer, Ph. Bernard Bailyn, L. Elizabeth Massey Harris, Ph. James Nichols Heald 2nd, M. John Willard Shy, Ph.
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Pauline Rubbelke Maier, Ph. David Frederic Tatham, Ph. William Sherman Reese, B. Harold Kenneth Skramstad, Jr. Andrew Hutchinson Neilly, Jr. Charles Ernest Rosenberg, Ph. Barbara Sicherman, Ph. Robert Allen Skotheim, L. Charles Thomas Cullen, Ph. Natalie Zemon Davis, Ph. Dennis Clark Dickerson, Sr. James Nathaniel Green, J. Alan Shaw Taylor, Ph. Michael Lawrence Turner, M. Elizabeth B. Johns, Ph. Carol Frances Karlsen, Ph. David Sanford Shields, Ph.
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William Frederic Shortz, J. Andrea Jean Tucher, Ph. David Russell Warrington, M. Ian Roy Willison, M. William Phillips Densmore, B. Ronald Hoffman, Ph. Ann Terese Lisi, B. John Wesley Grossman, Tucson, Ariz. Barry L. MacLean, M. James Armstrong Newton, M. Luke Ives Pontifell, A. David Spencer Reynolds, Ph. Robert Cowan Ritchie, Ph. June Sprigg Tooley, M. Richard Harold Wendorf, Ph. Morris Sheppard Arnold, S. Edward L. Ayers, Ph. Donald Knight Bain, LL. Randall Keith Burkett, Ph.
David W. Dangremond, M. William Morgan Fowler, Jr. Wilson Henry Kimnach, Ph. Jill Lepore, Ph. Caroline Fearey Schimmel, M. Charles Edward Sigety, L. James Sidbury, Ph. Peter B. Stallybrass, Ph. David L.
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Waldstreicher, Ph. Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Ph. Johnnella E. Butler, Ph. Edward Francis Countryman, Ph. Leslie Kelly Cutler, M. Wai Chee Dimock, Ph. Richard Gilder, D. John Andrew Herdeg, LL. Judith Carpenter Herdeg, Mendenhall, Penn. Thomas Aquinas Horrocks, Ph. Matthew Richard Isenburg, B. Richard Palmer Moe, J.
Thomas Joseph Keenan, M. Marie Elaine Lamoureux, B. James Patrick McGovern, M. Larry J. McMurtry, M. Wendy Wick Reaves, M. Harold Richard Richardson, M. Martha Ann Sandweiss, Ph. Bryant Franklin Tolles, Jr. Ira Larry Unschuld, M. David Watters, Ph. Edward Ladd Widmer, Ph. Joseph Sutherland Wood, Ph. John Merrill Zak, Farmingdale, N. Jeanne Yvette Curtis, B. Holly Varden Izard, Ph. Suzanne Dee Lebsock, Ph. Henry William Lie, M. As to the renovation: it's a complete overhaul.
Previously, the first floor exhibition hall was awash in mauve-toned walls, light wood flooring, and track lighting see below. Standard-issue glass cases lined the walls while the back of the hall was dominated by a faux-Palladian window, also mauve. The upper balcony, where many of the Grolier Club's treasures are stored, was flanked by white solid-wood railings. This design incorporates heritage and technology, welcomes new visitors and promotes scholarship and engagement," Beha said. Now, the exhibition hall features custom-built Goppion glass cases lit by LED bulbs, a properly balanced ventilation system, and mahogany-stained floors and wall panels.
Gone is the mauve Palladian faux paneling in favor of a multi-paneled video wall, and the wood paneling on the upper balcony has been replaced with glass, allowing visitors on the ground level to fully appreciate the impressive surroundings. Plus, the Grolier's 60th Street townhouse is handicapped accessible. The hall feels more open and inviting, yet still suffused with the tradition and history of the space. In short: Beha seems to have hit a home run. The club invited members earlier this week to tour the hall before it opens to the public as well as to listen to a lecture given on Wednesday night by Carla Hayden , the current Librarian of Congress.
Just as Jean Grolier was known to share his library and its treasures with friends, the public is welcome to revel in the richness of human ingenuity and talent and the newly redesigned hall, too. As an added incentive, Mr. Fletcher will be offering free lunchtime tours of the exhibition today, December 19, and February 1, all from p. No reservations needed. Images of renovated space, credit: Michael Moran. From January , Londoners will have the chance to see a selection of books and rarities not often in public view in an exhibition titled Voyages: a Journey in Books from Eton College Library.
Hosted by Bonhams Knightsbridge and supported by Martin Randall Travel , an agency that specializes in cultural travel, the free display of eighty items focuses on far-flung locales and how people perceived the world beyond their doorsteps. It reflects on travel not just as a physical experience but also as an act of the imagination," said Matthew Haley, head of books and manuscripts at Bonhams. Among the rare maps and classic explorers' accounts is this amazing travel library, owned by a twentieth-century "man of letters," Maurice Baring.
Eton College Library Lz 1-Lzz. Reproduced by permission of the Provost and Fellows of Eton College. Other exhibition highlights include: a fifteenth-century manuscript in Greek of Homer's Odyssey , which belonged to the uncle of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci; A voyage round the world by the first Frenchman to circumnavigate the globe, Louis-Antoine de Bougainville; A voyage towards the South Pole, and around the world by Captain Cook; a late sixteenth-century Portolan chart made in Naples by Vincentius Demetrius Voltius of Dubrovnik, one of only twenty such charts by Voltius known to have survived; and Daniel Defoe's The life and strange surprizing adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York.
If you're unfamiliar with the vast, unknown, Upstate part of New York, Painted Post is a small town next to Corning, which is a slightly larger small town, located south of the Finger Lakes. In my role as the Engagement Consultant, I oversee digital collections and resources for the system, assist libraries with annual reports to the state and website development, manage social media, public relations, and marketing, and create workshops and continuing education opportunities for member library staff.
After reading that description, you might wonder how I've come to be associated with the world of rare books and special collections. My response is twofold. First, while my current position isn't rooted in special collections, I do assist our member libraries with handling historical collections, digitization, and donations of special collections materials.
Second, my education and prior library experience are in special collections. In a short time, I've held several positions. I am also occasionally an assistant to antiquarian bookseller Paul Dowling of Liber Antiquus, and I devote a not-inconsequential amount of time to work on RBMS committees. Like many others interviewed before me, my introduction to and subsequent involvement in the world of special collections was slow to develop and fairly circuitous. I began my college education at Indiana University as a journalism major, switched to psychology, added English and creative writing, some Spanish, and I still had no idea that an incredible special collections library the Lilly Library was housed in a building that I walked past every day.
Even further from my realm of understanding was that those items housed in the Lilly could help me advance my studies and that many would one day become objects of fascination for me. During my junior year, I took a class on American poetry, and finally the introduction was made. I was lucky to have a professor, Christoph Irmscher, who recognized the importance of familiarizing his students with special collections repositories and the items held within them.
As a class, we visited the Lilly Library several times throughout the semester to work with special collections materials. In doing so, we were introduced to the Plath manuscripts, Poe's Tamerlane and Other Poems the Lilly has one of 12 surviving copies , and Whitman's many editions of Leaves of Grass. To conclude the course, I wrote a paper comparing seven editions of Leaves of Grass , and for the first time, I began to consider using special collections materials as tools for understanding authorship and readership.
In Whitman's works, I encountered marginalia, differences in the typesetting and cover design, and saw the way Whitman evolved as a poet and printer. This course piqued my interest in rare books, and I spent the following summer at the Watkinson Library at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. As an intern there, I modified catalogue records for volumes by Lydia H. Sigourney a 19th-century American poet. I found ephemera and marginalia between the pages of her texts, and the experience solidified my decision to pursue a degree in library science with a specialization in rare books and special collections.
Forgive me while I digress. In eighth grade, my English teacher asked us to memorize and recite for the class one of three poems: "O Captain! My Captain! I chose "The Raven. My commitment to writing ebbed and flowed, but I did ultimately complete an undergraduate degree in creative writing with a focus on poetry. Because of this, Poe, and especially "The Raven," has always had a special place in my heart, and there's something about? Now, back to the topic at hand. In November at the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair, bookseller Benjamin Spademan had a copy of "Le Corbeau," and for the first time, I got to see Manet's rendering of the raven, in print not a reproduction and full scale.
It was lovely. I've also handled Poe's hair; two locks are held at the Lilly Library, one of which is encased in a broach - hair in special collections is weird, but cool. The Lilly also has an interesting collection of materials on early bicycling. I helped process the collection when it came in, and some of my favorite items depicted " women awheel. I have a small, eclectic collection. Some discernable categories include: children's books, especially with marginalia or interesting illustrations; small press books, particularly those written and printed by friends; exhibition catalogues; and books about books and printing.
The remaining space on my shelves is occupied by books I purchased for my graduate courses, including works by Sidney Berger, Bamber Gascoigne, Philip Gaskell, and Thomas Tanselle. Outside of work, I like to be outside. My recent just over a year ago move to Upstate New York has been fantastic for this. Beautiful lakes, waterfalls, nature preserves, and parks abound here. In addition to hiking my way through that list, I spend winters downhill skiing. Fortunately, there are infinitely more places to do that here, as compared to Indiana.
I also play Ultimate Frisbee several times a week, which I enjoy immensely. There's such an intimate quality to handwriting, and I rarely encounter it in my daily work life, where communication is largely conducted via email. Each time I find something written in the margins or pressed between the pages of a text, I feel excited and want to know more about who left it, why, and what it can tell me about contemporary readers.
Outside of the text, it's the relationships I've had the opportunity to build as part of the rare books and special collections community that excite me about rare book librarianship. Even as a first-time conference attendee, I felt like I could speak up and share my thoughts at the table. Facilitating connections between my peers in special collections excites me most. My greatest professional pleasure and sense of achievement comes when I connect someone with a mentor and know that the relationship will be mutually beneficial.
I often find that people are surprised when I tell them that I'm a librarian, and then, confused when I mention special collections. I think the surprise is because they aren't expecting the response of "librarian" in answer to the question "What do you do? After moving beyond the surprise, the other side of the conversation tends to turn to how libraries will soon be obsolete, don't offer anything other than books, ebooks are taking over the world, and "Aren't you worried about job security? In particular, special collections give me hope. These repositories go above and beyond in preserving history and helping users engage with items from our collective and shared past.