Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

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 […]

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Unlocking Spirituality

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. People have always been fascinated with the idea of a soul.  One researcher, Rick Strassman, took this interest to the extreme and performed government approved research using the psychedelic drug N,N-dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, also known as the spirit […]

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 […]

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Road Trip in the 2 CV!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Introduced by Citroën at a Paris motor show in 1948 the 2 CV remained in production up until 1990.  Originally designed with practicality in mind the initial goal of the 2 CV was to carry a dozen eggs over a […]

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Nourishing Words

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Whole Grains is a book edited by Art Spiegelman and Bob Schneider that is composed entirely of quotes.  Even the introduction is just another collection of quotes without any explanatory prose.  The book is made up of four […]

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 […]

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Freaks, Geeks, and Strange Girls

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Whether you think of sideshow banners as art or advertisement there is no denying their “wow” factor.  Freaks, geeks & strange girls : sideshow banners of the Great American Midway is an anthology of perspectives on the […]

Monday, June 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in June

Fourteen new finding aids have been added to the OASIS database this month, including Gilbert & Sullivan libretti, programs from Harvard theatrical productions, and documents from U.S. colonial history. Processed by Irina Klyagin: Claud Lovat Fraser Designs, 1919-1921 (MS Thr 1131) Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Plays and Librettos by W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert, […]

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The 1960s in Pictures

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. The 1960s is one of the most iconic decades in American history.  Instantly recognizable fashion, civil rights protests and legislation, Pop art, and the space race are all hallmarks of this decade that people aren’t quick […]

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Magical Plants

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The mandrake root is often referenced in mythical texts and stories, with many powerful magical powers ascribed to it.  The root can resemble human limbs and rumor is that when it is pulled from the ground it lets […]