Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

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 […]

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Youth quake!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   What’s the younger generation coming to?  This is a question that parents have been asking probably since the dawn of time.  However it is especially interesting when looked at through the lens of the 1960s.  The […]

Friday, May 8th, 2015

A surprising Scandinavian lithograph

Harvard Library’s holdings in Scandinavian imprints are extensive. Quite aware of this, Wake Forest University recently gifted to Harvard a small but rich collection of Scandinavian books, including autographed copies of Karen Blixen first editions, unique 18th century imprints, and unusual 19th century military manuals. One volume seems diminutive on the surface. Carl Rothlieb’s Beskrifning […]

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The Problem with Pills

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. At first glance Let’s talk about Goofballs and Pep Pills seems like a funny comic book akin with much of the satirical pamphlets in the Santo Domingo Collection.  However, despite the pen and ink cartoons illustrating this book, […]

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, […]

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Feel a librarian today

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Before Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert there was a man named Alan Abel.  Actor, writer, filmmaker, comedian, jazz musician and professional prankster these are all the many faces of Abel.  For the past half-century Abel has been […]

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Beloved Detective Holmes

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Although fan fiction is cropping up everywhere now and seems to be a new fad, it has actually been around for quite some time.  Fictitious characters have often inspired imaginative readers who go on to write their own […]

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Dogs will be 10 inches only

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   Massachusetts is known for many things- ridiculously high taxes, fanatical sports teams, and this year “historic” winter storms.  What I was unaware of until now were the seemingly crazy laws that exist in our history until I started […]

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Destroy this collection

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Today’s featured item from the Santo Domingo Collection is L’internationale hallucinex (Le Soleil Noir: 1970), a collection of writings by French, American, and English countercultural authors in the form of a series of pamphlets. The collection announces its subversive intent […]

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Black Hero Comics of the 1970s

Capitalizing on the popularity of Blaxploitation films, Marvel introduced several comic titles headlining black hero characters in the 1970s. Some of these characters had made previous appearances in Marvel comics. In 1966, Black Panther becomes Marvel’s first black (African) superhero (Fantastic Four #52) and Dr. Bill Foster, later to become Black Goliath, is introduced as […]