Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The “Lady Adventurer”

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Grace Thompson Seton was many things, a feminist, a suffragette, a poet, a mother, a designer, a crack shot, and most relevant to this post a travel writer.  She was married to Ernest Thompson Seton who [...]

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Unmodified sexuality

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. We return to the occult in this week’s feature from the Santo Domingo Collection. Today’s author is Austin Osman Spare, an English artist, writer, and occultist active in the first half of the twentieth century. While Spare’s finely-wrought [...]

Friday, April 4th, 2014

New on Oasis in April

Finding aids for eight newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month, including a collection of rebuses created by Dorothea Dix, and a bit of Houghton history which marks our 2500th online finding aid.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Whodunit and howdunit?

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Alexandre Lacassagne was a French physician and criminologist in the 19th-century.  He founded the Lacassagne School of Criminology which was based in Lyon, France and focused on medical jurisprudence and criminal anthropology.  He quite famously gave [...]

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

You’ve Got Mail: “A Fine Achievement”

Last month Houghton Library acquired two evocative letters from major figures in the English private press movement of the early twentieth century. Houghton has an outstanding collection of the books from all of the Presses and these letters document the close personal relationship between the major figures involved. In the first letter, dated 16 December [...]

Friday, March 21st, 2014

“A Book Notable for its Breadth of Knowledge and its Stunning Presentation”

The Houghton Library Studies series was established to provide a forum for the scholarly analysis of the wide-ranging materials in the collections of Houghton Library. The fourth and latest volume in the series is Castle McLaughlin’s A Lakota War Book from Little Bighorn: The Pictographic “Autobiography of Half Moon” which appeared in 2013. While earlier volumes [...]

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Superb specimens

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. Herbarium for pharmaceutical students was produced by Alban Edward Lomax, a 19th-century pharmacist that hailed from Liverpool, England.  An herbarium is essentially a collection of preserved plant specimens typically arranged by a specific nomenclature and classification.  [...]

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A quaint and curious volume of not-so-forgotton lore

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. This 1882 volume of Poe’s poetry and essays, accompanied by biographical information and commentary on the poems, is a fine example of the publishers’ cloth bindings of its period. In response to broadening literacy and therefore increasing demand, [...]

Friday, March 14th, 2014

You’ve Got Mail: “What About Webb’s Beasts”

A recent issue of the United Kingdom’s National Trust Arts, Buildings, Collections Bulletin (Winter 2013-2014) includes a report by Jane Gallagher, Senior Curator for the Midlands, that describes an important acquisition by the Trust and a summer loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and draws on a Houghton Library collection to connect the [...]

Friday, March 7th, 2014

New on OASIS in March

Finding aids for eight newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month, including ballet ephemera, letters of the German scientist Helmholtz, and a collection of 17th century English poetry.