Entries Tagged as 'Cataloging'

Friday, March 27th, 2015

It’s the drapery, stupid!

It’s been a loooong winter here in Cambridge. I don’t know, perhaps that is why when this particular waltz crossed my desk, the cover leapt out at me. The lithography and chromolithography of the 1840s and 50s sheet music covers can be simply breathtaking: I’m continually astonished by their sophistication and technical complexity. In this […]

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Calling all Reyer scholars

Last night, I pulled a score out of a box to catalog, with the innocuous identification of Reyer. La Statue. I was vaguely familiar with this work, having cataloged several issues of the vocal score some years ago, in the Ward Collection of Opera Scores at our Loeb Music Library. I thought to myself, oh […]

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

The Sarah Orne Jewett library project

The following is the fifth part in a series on books from the library of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) and her family. Houghton Library is home to many author’s libraries or portions of libraries—Bronson Alcott, William James, Thomas Carlyle, the Dickinson family, John Keats, and more. Houghton “inherited” a number of these author libraries from […]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A very Smart copy

Sir George Smart (1776-1867) was an English conductor, organist (quite successful though he declined to use the pedals), pedagogue and composer. He was active on the London music scene for more a half century and calculated towards the end of his life that he had taught precisely 1262 music students and presided over at least […]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

New on OASIS in March

Finding aids for five newly cataloged collections were added to the OASIS database this month, including the letters from a Turkish prison that formed the basis of the film Midnight Express. Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Documents Concerning Citizens and Town of Medway, Massachusetts, 1762-1798 (MS Am 628) Programs and Playbills from Boston-area Theaters and […]

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

New on OASIS in February

Finding aids for seven newly cataloged collections were added to the OASIS database this month: Processed by: Nora Garry, Laurel McCaull, Micah Hoggatt, Susan C. Pyzynski, and Bonnie B. Salt Playbills and Programs Concerning Female “Stars”, 1767-1962 (TCS 72) Processed by Irina Klyagin: Nadine Baylis Costume Designs for The Yeomen of the Guard, 1988 (MS […]

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Bright, shiny things

As I was cataloging a box of social dance scores in the Ward Collection last night, I ran across an odd little score which looked to me like some kind of early photocopy from the 1960s, back when some copies had a strange glossy coating which didn’t really look like the emulsion of a true […]

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in January

Finding aids for four newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month: Processed by Irina Klyagin: Lincoln Kirstein Correspondence, 1905-1995 (MS Thr 1045) Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Correspondence, Signatures, and Other Materials from Notable Theater, Art, and Literary Personalities, 1718-1972 (MS Thr 1046) Processed by Bonnie B. Salt: James Prince […]

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The town musicians of Houghton

Gervasius Redler came to Paris from Alsace in the early 19th century, and set up shop as a piano teacher. Around 1840, he began publishing dance music in the popular styles of the day, particularly quadrilles.

Monday, December 1st, 2014

New on OASIS in December

Finding aids for four newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month, most notably the John Updike Papers, a major collection of some 300 linear feet, which has been under way since its acquisition in 2009. Photo © Martha Updike Processed by Jennifer Lyons and others: John Updike Papers, 1940-2009 (MS […]