Entries Tagged as 'Cataloging'

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in July

Finding aids for 11 newly cataloged collections, as well as a preliminary box list for one new acquisition, were added to the OASIS database this month. Processed by Irina Klyagin: Costume Designs for French Opera, Theater and Music-Halls, circa 1890-1940 (MS Thr 1137) Theodore Komisarjevsky Costume and Set Designs, 1918-1936 (MS Thr 1143) Costume Designs […]

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Morbid beauty

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Of the many altered states of consciousness chronicled in the Santo Domingo Collection, death may be merely the most permanent; as a subject often circumnavigated out of discomfort, fear, superstition, or propriety, it takes its place alongside sexuality and drug […]

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Illustrated news from the Crimean War

One of the greatest pleasures in a cataloger’s life is to see their work being used out in the world, particularly when said work transforms one’s original concept of any given cataloged item. I had just such a pleasure this week, when Isabella Bradford, one of the Two Nerdy History Girls, wrote a blog on […]

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Wesley’s War Tableaux

While cataloging American Civil War broadsides, I found this playbill advertising Wesley’s War Tableaux, to be presented in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Lyceum Hall from February 23-25 [1863]. Moving panoramas were large painted scenes on rolls of canvas, framed by a proscenium to hide the mechanism; they were unwound from one roll to another, to […]

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Houghton Participates in School-to-Work Program

For the third consecutive year, we have had the opportunity to hire a paid intern from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (CRLS) to learn about our work by helping end-process our collections. Through this program the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW) coordinates with the Cambridge Office of Workforce Development, Harvard […]

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Hidden Collections: sheet music

I’m delighted to report that Houghton has just received a grant to survey sheet music collections across the Harvard Library system. This welcome support comes to us through Harvard’s “Open Your Hidden Collections” program, funded by the Arcadia Foundation. Regular readers of our blog will sense the glee behind this announcement: as I’ve written here […]

Friday, May 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in May

Finding aids for eleven newly cataloged collections, three substantially revised finding aids, and a preliminary box list for one collection were added to the OASIS database this month, including substantial work in preparation for an ongoing project to digitize much of Houghton’s holdings of Colonial American history. Processed by Irina Klyagin: George Barbier Costume Designs, […]

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Houdini’s bronze of Bernhardt

Newly cataloged from the Harvard Theatre Collection, a bronze statuette linking Harry Houdini to The Divine Sarah The episode began with a fumbled gesture to honor the 72-year-old French actress during her final American tour. The gift, a bronze cast of Bernhardt as the Queen of Spain in Victor Hugo’s Ruy Blas, was presented at […]

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Fashion in Vienna

Want the latest fashions for the 1820s? Just head to Vienna. I’ve seen fashion plates (and in the Ward Collection, costume plates of course) from Paris, but how did Ward manage to find fashion plates for the enlightened Viennese theater-goer?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in April

Finding aids for 13 newly cataloged collections, and preliminary box lists for three recent acquisitions, have been added to the OASIS database this month, including toy theaters and set designs, Colonial U.S. manuscripts, and a collection of science fiction fanzines. Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Andrew Eliot Letters, 1767-1776 (MS Am 882.5) Processed by Rebekah […]