October 1st, 2014

“Do you wear pants!”: T. S. Eliot’s first magazine

T. S. Eliot’s first magazine was published in an extremely limited edition, with an erratic mixture of upper- and lower-case penciling. Advertised as “A Little Papre” (it is about three inches wide and four inches tall), Fireside first appeared on January 28, 1899, when Eliot was ten. It ran in fourteen installments over the next month. On Valentine’s Day 1899, the magazine records a letter from admiring subscribers: “Dear Sir, We have taken your beautiful magazine for years and think it fine. We are two little sisters, Minney and Smiley! This is our first letter.”

Fireside Magazine. Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. T. S. Eliot juvenilia,. MS Am 1635.5.

Fireside Magazine. Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. MS Am 1635.5.

Fireside is as polyphonic as The Waste Land. Eliot alternates serial cliffhangers (“Chap. II. It was all ready. It was a dark night, and everything was ready. To be continued”) with recipes for ice soup, turnip pie, “grisley steak,” “cheeze balls,” and “bilous bread.” Each issue is also punctuated by a theater column, which usually consists of a page empty except for the words “Theatre. Nothing good.” Another regular feature is the dedication, in one of the periodical’s rare attempts at cursive: “This Magazine (all) is dedicated to My Wife.” (A later issue reminds us, “Remember, to my Wife!”) In addition to the promised “fiction, gossip, theatre, jokes,” Fireside published poetry, editorials on world politics, letters, drawings (one cover shows a fireside in which Fireside is burning), and advertisements: “Do you wear pants! If so wear Never Rip, fine for hobos! Bulldogs cannot tear them.”
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September 30th, 2014

New on OASIS in October

Finding aids for three newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month:

Processed by Ashley M. Nary and Benjamin Hand:
Vanity Fair Caricatures, 1871-1911 (MS Thr 1041)

Processed by Bonnie B. Salt:
Charles Henry Taylor Collection of Privateering Papers, 1718-1928 (MS Am 1087)

Mayhew Family Papers, 1731-1790 (MS Am 977)

September 25th, 2014

The Best Selling Preacher

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

The Cross and the switchbladeSeveral books by the Reverend David Wilkerson and his followers are in the Santo Domingo Collection.   Wilkerson, an evangelic pastor who moved to New York because he felt called to help young gang members and drug addicts, recounts his success stories in books like The Cross and the Switchblade and Hey, Preach…You’re coming through.   Also included in the collection are books by Nicky Cruz, one of Wilkerson’s greatest success stories, like Run Baby Run an autobiographical account of his gang life and recovery.


Hey Preach...You're Coming Through

Wilkerson, born into a religious family, devoted his life to the church and began preaching at a very young age.  After hearing about young men on trial for gang related offenses, he went to New York, ran into the courtroom and tried, unsuccessfully, to disrupt the trial.  Not to be discouraged, he later founded the recovery group Teen Challenge to work with teen addicts and gang members.  Wilkerson also founded the Time Square Church; a nondenominational ministry where he preached personal connection with Jesus and God.  The Cross and the Switchblade, Wilkerson’s first book was a national best seller and was eventually turned into a movie starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada.

Run Baby Run

These books, with graphic and eye catching covers, seem to be marketed as thrilling stories for general consumption and not marketed for church and religious groups specifically.    Showing both the dark side of addiction and violence, as well as the ultimate salvation of the church, the books weave impressive and gripping tales. The Cross and the Switchblade, Hey, Preach…You’re coming through, and Get your hands off my throat by Wilkerson can be found in the Widener Library collection.  Run Baby Run and The Lonely Now by Cruz are also available.

 Get Your Hands off my Throat


Thanks to Emma Clement, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

September 18th, 2014

Before there was Botox

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

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Before botox, plastic surgery, and aestheticians,  L’horreur!, women were forced to combat aging and maintain beauty the old fashioned way- with tips and remedies from publications such as Comment se guérir?  This French publication by the mysterious Dr. Druah loosely translates into How to Cure? and in addition to advice about common medical maladies it gives women all the latest advice and products for common beauty dilemmas.  Including as we can see from the above images how to give a good facial massage.

Worried about a flushed or reddish face?  The advice is that this condition stems from poor blood circulation and offers up various products to help. Infusing a cloth with elderflower and wearing it over ones’s face is one suggestion.  Don’t worry ladies it looks totally normal!

KIC_Image_0008 This volume was an edition of popular science works called “Edition de vulgarisation scientifique” and it was most likely published by a pharmaceutical company that sold some of these remedies.

Comment se guérir? / par le docteur Druah. Paris : Institut “Paris-Londres”, [between 1890 and 1910?] RC81 .D79. can be found at the Countway Library at the Harvard Medical School in Longwood.

Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager and Joan Thomas, Rare Book Cataloger at Countway for contributing this post.

September 15th, 2014

Pictures of a president

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Theodore Roosevelt was arguably the first truly modern president; nowhere is this more evident than in the thousands of photographs taken of him which capture his larger-than-life personality and incredibly productive life.

The Theodore Roosevelt Collection photographs, comprising over a hundred boxes of several thousand images, are the most heavily used materials within the collection, and are frequently requested by researchers, students, and visitors. Photographs of TR’s life from 1858-1910 can be searched and viewed online; photographs from 1910-1919 can be viewed by contacting the curator.

Many images from the collection can be seen in Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”, airing this week on PBS.  More information on Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt at Harvard can be found here.

Thanks to Heather Cole, Curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, for contributing this post.


September 12th, 2014

Glossing the Law in Houghton Library MS Typ 121

So why would the Ames Foundation, which focuses on the history of law, want to have Houghton MS Typ 121 digitized? There are dozens of manuscripts of the Digestum vetus, roughly the first third of Justinian’s Digest or Pandects, which is itself the largest part of the Corpus Iuris Civilis, the compilation of texts of Roman law made by the Byzantine emperor Justinian in the year 533 CE. Houghton’s is certainly not the oldest manuscript of the Digest. There is one that was compiled in the late 6th or early 7th century that is in the Laurentian Library in Florence. Nor is it the oldest manuscript that contains the Accursian gloss, an elaborate series of marginal notes that summarized a century of work on this text, and that was compiled around the year 1240. It is, however, an early example of the Vulgate text of the Digest, which differs somewhat from the modern critical edition, and it contains the Accursian gloss from a period relatively close to the compilation of the gloss itself. The Vulgate text and the Accursian gloss were the base texts of Roman law that were used by jurists from the mid-13th century until well into the early modern period. The Ames Foundation has published on its website ‘metadata’ for one of the last editions the Vulgate text with the Accursian gloss, printed in Lyon in 1604. It has recently added the ‘metadata’ for the Houghton manuscript to the same site.
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September 11th, 2014

Adventures of Fido

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

Le Aventures de Fido Caniche Le Aventures de Fido Caniche by surrealist artist Valentine Hugo, is an intricately detailed picture book that follows a dream sequence of Fido, an innocent, inquisitive poodle.  In the dream Fido visits other exotic animals including a peacock and a lion, and at one point successfully imitates a lion to scare people and steal their food.  However, when a rainstorm washes away his scary disguise the other forest animals mock him and he realizes he must return to his owner, Marguerite.

Le Aventures de Fido Caniche

Valentine Hugo, a talented illustrator belonged to a famous circle of surrealists, at one point marrying Jean Hugo, but also was romantically involved with the surrealist Andre Breton.   She was drawn to ballet and set design, though her work was not always successful.  Her most long lasting artistic endeavor and partnership was with Paul Éluard.  Her art was successful in her lifetime and she was in several surrealist exhibitions.  There was also a posthumous retrospective of her work exhibited at Centre Culturel Thibaud de Champagne in 1977.

Le Aventures de Fido Caniche

Houghton Library has several other works with Hugo’s illustrations including: Le phénix. Avec 18 dessins de Valentine Hugo by Paul Eluard, Médieuses : poèmes / de Paul Eluard ; illustrés par Valentine Hugo and Mouvements de danse de l’antiquité à nos jours / Valentine Gross.  Also available at Houghton Library from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection, is a book of family photos compiled by Valentine Hugo from her younger years: Photos de familles : photograph album, ca. 1907.

 Le aventures de fido Caniche / Valentine Hugo : Paris : Guy Le Prat, c1947 is available at the Fine Arts Library.

Thanks to Emma Clement, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

September 5th, 2014

The masterful work of the “Naval Binder”

Binding by the Naval Binder (detail).  EC65.B6595.695m This story starts with a little database clean-up. (Hold that yawn!) Two unrelated items in HOLLIS had the same call number. There are any number of reasons why this might have happened, but figuring out that riddle was less important than finding the erroneously-numbered book. The title in question was a curious little volume, an entirely engraved book on shorthand, Samuel Botley’s Maximum in minimo, or, Mr Jeremiah Richs pens dexterity compleated with the whole terms of the law, thought have been printed in London around 1695. The late 17th century saw a growing interest in shorthand systems, which flourished under a variety of names depending on who was promoting it – semography, brachygraphy, and tachygraphy among them; Rich’s title was particularly popular. Given the place and date of printing, it was natural as part of our investigation to consult our reference copy of Donald Wing’s Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700. What a relief to find that an earlier diligent librarian had penciled in the call number. Voilà – book found!
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September 4th, 2014

British pop art

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


Gerald Laing was an artist that was part of the British Pop movement in the 1960s and remains one of the most well-known today.  His work in this period was typically a painting of a reproduced image often a drag racer, skydiver, astronaut, or starlet.  One of his most famous pieces is a painting from a newspaper photograph of Brigitte Bardo, which sold at Christie’s in February 2014 for just under $1.5 million.


Laing was deeply influenced by the experiences of William Burroughs in the Amazonian rainforest in search of ‘Ayahuasca’ the hallucinogenic vine with the active ingredient Dimethyltriptamine (D.M.T.)  This beautiful volume published in 1969 is a result of that influence, it is illustrated with 23 screenprints by Laing and the text was written by Galina Valentina Golikova.  This deluxe edition of DMT 42 is no. 50 out of the 210 copies produced and each print is signed by Laing.  It comes in a soft-cover book with silver wrappers that is housed in a claret corduroy case.  The color screenprints throughout the volume are very indicative of Laing’s British Pop inclinations.


Golikova who wrote the text for DMT 42 was actually Laing’s second wife.  He ended up doing a sculptural series on her entitled Galina I to X from 1973 to 1980.  Laing states that he experienced an epiphany at Charles Sargeant Jagger’s great First World War Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in England, which led to the Galina Series.  It marked a new method for Laing who had previously only worked with sheet metal but began sculpting in clay and then casting in bronze during this period.


To see more examples of Laing’s work in DMT 42 /[text] by G. V. Golikova ; illuminated by Gerald Laing. [Deluxe edition] Stuttgart : Edition Domberger, [1969]. N7433.4.L35A4 1969bPF please visit the Fine Arts Library.  We are lucky to also have another edition of DMT 42 in a different binding which can be located at the Fine Arts Library as well- N7433.4.L35 A4 1969 PF 

Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager for contributing this post.

September 3rd, 2014

New on OASIS in September

Netsuke carved as a theatrical mask. MS Thr 1040 (13)Finding aids for nine newly cataloged collections, and preliminary box lists for two recent acquisitions, have been added to the OASIS database this month, including a collection of Japanese netsuke carved in the shape of theatrical masks, correspondence of the Emerson family, and posters for musical theater.

Processed by Irina Klyagin:
Ballet Scores for Productions of Anna Pavlova Ballet, 1907-1931 (MS Thr 1029)

E. G. Stillman Collection of Japanese Theater Masks Netsuke, circa 1700-1899 (MS Thr 1040)

Netsuke carved as a theatrical mask. MS Thr 1040
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