Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Would Don Draper have done enamel sign advertising?

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. If you have been reading this blog consistently then you probably know that we never quite know what we might come across as we unpack a box from this collection.  A case in point would be this […]

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 26th, 2015

A Beatnik Refuge

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Greenwich Village by Fred McDarrah is a history of the New York City neighborhood from its inception as Old Green Village through the 1960s.  A detailed account from its time as a Dutch Colony to its incarnation as […]

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The Two Guildford Mathematicians

The charming town of Guildford, 40 minutes southwest of London on South West Trains, is associated with two famous British logician-mathematicians. Alan Turing (on whom I seem to perseverate) spent time there after 1927, when his parents purchased a home at 22 Ennismore Avenue just outside the Guildford town center. Although away at his boarding […]

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

American Paintings at Harvard

The recent publication of American Paintings at Harvard, Volume 1: Paintings, Watercolors and Pastels by Artists Born Before 1826 (Harvard Art Museums, 2014) is a monumental achievement and makes fascinating reading. Theodore Stebbins, Jr., and Melissa Renn have led a distinguished team of scholars and curators and they are all to be congratulated on the […]

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Medicine for the masses

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Ever wondered where to buy first aid supplies, medical equipment, or prescriptions if you lived in 19th-century Europe?  Look no further than Guide Medical, translated as a Medical Guide to aid recovery in case of accidents or illness : instructions on performing medical prescriptions.  Authored by H. […]

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 […]

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

From the library of Sarah Orne Jewett: Not to be lent

The following is the fourth in a four-part series on books from the library of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) and her family. Though Jewett had published stories in magazines beginning in 1868, Deephaven (1877) was her first book, and its publication signaled her debut as a notable American author. Her pride is evident in the […]

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The temptation of St. Frusquin

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. Joseph Hémard (1880-1961) was a prolific French artist who, although best known for illustrating novels, lent his humorous touch to a number of unlikely texts. He published several editions of French codes of law with humorous illustrations, for example. His […]

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Will the real Lewis de Claremont please stand up?

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Lewis de Claremont is credited as the author on several occult books from the early 20th-century including Legends of Incense, Herbs, and Oils.  The image of an “artist’s conception of Lewis de Claremont in tunic and turban with […]