Brown University Library Special Collections

Archive for September, 2010

Celebrating National Recovery Month

Posted by hsnyder@brown.edu on September 22, 2010

September is National Recovery Month, a perfect time to highlight the Hay Library’s extensive holdings on alcoholism and its treatment. The collections, which were compiled over the course of several decades by Dr. David Lewis, document the founding of AA by Dr. Bob and Bill W., the treatment of alcoholism as a disease, and the role of women in the recovery movement — most notably Marty Mann of the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependency, the first woman to publicly confess to being an alcoholic.  A web guide to doing research in our holdings is available.

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Melton Prior (1845-1910) Exhibit

Posted by Peter Harrington on September 9, 2010

Melton Prior was one of the leading special artists in late Victorian Britain. He worked for the Illustrated London News from the early 1870’s until 1904 covering many events around the world especially wars. Having an ability to quickly sketch the scenes before him, his drawings were sent back to London where they were engraved on wood-blocks for printing in the Saturday issues of the ILN. From his first work covering the war in Ashanti, West Africa, in 1873, he went on to cover conflicts in Egypt, Sudan, Somaliland, South Africa, Crete, Turkey, and Manchuria. Prior also traveled on a number of Royal tours including accompanying the Prince of Wales to Canada in 1901.

The current exhibition in the Bopp Seminar Room located on the top floor of the John Hay Library, commemorates the centenary of his death on 2 November 1910, and includes original drawings from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection drawn for the ILN by Prior during various conflicts. An article on the artist written by the curator has also recently been published in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

Prior was one of two major artists employed by the ILN, the other being William Simpson (1823-1899), and the Military Collection owns a number of original works by this Scottish artist as well as manuscript material. Two letters addressed to Simpson have recently been acquired, both relating to Simpson’s time in France during the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-71: a letter from the ILN owner and founder, William Ingram; and one from the chief editor, Mason Jackson.

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Evacuation of Holland, 1793 New Print

Posted by Peter Harrington on September 9, 2010

The Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection recently acquired a rare late 18th century hand-colored British satirical print entitled Evacuation of Holland, or Fire and Water too much for Dumourier.  Published in London by W. Dent in March 1793,  it relates to the evacuation of the Netherlands by the French after the defeat at Neewinden near Liege, Belgium. This was not a fight but the result of an informal armistice on March 1793 between General Dumouriez and the Prince of Coburg.

The image is currently on display in the lobby case situated in the foyer of the John Hay Library.

In this scene British soldiers are feeding three local  men poised on a wall who in turn are defecating  on the French soldiers who are being hit by the ‘missiles’.

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