Check Out Books From Harvard, Yale, & Others


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Current Brown students, faculty, and staff will now have on-site library borrowing privileges at:

  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • Harvard
  • Princeton
  • Yale
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Chicago
  • M.I.T.
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Duke University.

To borrow from one of the participating libraries, you will have to present your Brown ID. For more information:

Educating the Open Generation | Panel on Open Data and Data Sharing at the DSL


“Knowledge is open if anyone is free to access, use, modify, and share it — subject, at most, to measures that preserve provenance and openness.” –The Open Knowledge Foundation

In recognition of International Open Access Week, the Brown University Library invites you to a discussion on Wednesday, October 22 at 4 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab with Jo Guldi and Lizzie Wolkovich about the progress of the movement towards open access to research data and how public access to data and data sharing among scholars, or the lack thereof, is currently affecting the quality and scope of research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Also, check out the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon happening Thursday, October 23 from 3:30 – 8 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab. Click here for more information.



Jo Guldi is the Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. Dr. Guldi specializes in the history of capitalism and land use, and she also designs computational tools for visualizing large numbers of texts. She posits that access to increasing amounts of data will allow historians to again extend their temporal perspectives. In her new book, History Manifesto (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Dr. Guldi and co-author, David Armitage, identify a recent shift back to longer-term narratives, following many decades of increasing specialization, which they argue is vital for the future of historical scholarship and how it is communicated.

wolkovichElizabeth M. Wolkovich is Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Dr. Wolkovich studies how ecological communities assemble and disassemble with global change using statistical and modeling techniques combined with field experiments, gradient studies, and synthesis of short and long-term data. She is the lead author of the article “Advances in Global Change Research Require Open Science by Individual Researchers,” which appeared in Global Change Biology in 2012, and she was recently featured in the Science Careers article “Chasing Down the Data You Need,” in which she shared her efforts, and frustrations, trying to get fellow scientists to share climate and ecological data that could add insights into her and fellow researchers’ interdisciplinary scholarship on global change.

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library


Pop-Up Culture: Juxtapositions from the John Hay Library


Pop-Up Culture draws on the extensive and varied collections at the John Hay Library. Starting with a selection of poetic works activated and projected through three-dimensional representation—or pop-up books—the exhibition proposes a range of comparisons including the literal (octopus to octopus), the genealogical (Brooklyn ferry to Brooklyn Bridge), and the meditative (mapping and being). Each work represents a point of discovery within the expansive network of resources that support the intellectual and creative work of the University.

Location: Finn Room Cases (Rockefeller Library)
Date: October 2014–January 9, 2015

contact: Christopher Geissler

National Friends of the Library Week | October 19 – 25


Friends of the Brown University Library Meeting, c. 1940

Friends of the Brown University Library Meeting, c. 1940

On Wednesday, March 23, 1938 at 8 p.m., the Friends of the Brown University Library held their first meeting at the home of Mr. Henry D. Sharpe on Prospect Street in Providence. Twenty-eight members were present as Chairman Carlton Morse gave an outline of the Friends of the Library movement at other institutions, beginning with the Bodleian Library at Oxford in 1925. It was the stated hope for our Friends that the group members “will get abundant pleasure from affiliation, that each man will find what he most enjoys, and that a wise and useful influence will thus strengthen the Library.”

In honor of National Friends of the Library Week, October 19 – 25, 2014, we are sharing a timeline of noted accomplishments. Seventy-six years after the group’s founding, the relationship between the Friends and the Library remains one of fruitful collaboration, as illustrated by the history, and it has indeed provided abundant pleasure through affiliation and strengthened the Library.

September 1984
A major expansion of Friends of the Library membership begins. A Friends coordinator is appointed for the first time and physical space for the Friends is established in the John Hay Library. A seed gift from the Joukowsky family is given to reorganize and revitalize the Friends.

October 1985
The Friends celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the John Hay Library.

November 1987
The Friends begin creating and selling holiday cards.

The Library celebrates acquisition of its two millionth book.

April 1988
The first William B. Williams Awards, established by the Library and the Friends board of directors, are given to seven individuals who had displayed “broadly based, multi-faceted support to the University Library over a long period of time.”

May 1991
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns delivers the annual William B. Williams Lecture. The title of his talk, “Mystic Chords of Memory,” is from Lincoln’s first inaugural address.

November 1992
The Carberry Cookbook debuts on Carberry Day, November 13, 1992.

December 1993
Friends member Daniel Siegel ’57 donates the original handwritten manuscript of George Orwell’s 1984.

November 1994
The Friends sell “Hunks of the Hay” when the John Hay Library steps are replaced.

February 2004
On February 13, 2004 at Ladd Observatory, Josiah Carberry is honored with his own star and guests celebrate Carberry Day while awaiting arrival of the elusive professor.

April 2005
Sophie Blistein ‘41 steps down as Membership Chair after growing the Friends membership from a few hundred to over 1,000 members.

Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates presents the William E. Reeves Friends Recognition Award to Brown’s Friends of the Library. This is the first time an academic library friends group is given this award.

Summer 2010
FOL Board Member Thomas Bryson ‘72 and his wife, Antonia Bryson ‘74, donate their remarkable collection of books, photographs, programs, and ephemera relating to the history of dance to Brown University Library.

March 2013
Friends of the Library celebrate its 75th anniversary.

November 2014
The Library and the Friends host the inaugural presentations of the Harris Collection Literary Award to author George R. R. Martin and publisher Tom Doherty.

Lecture | Ted Widmer, “Brown’s DNA”

Please join the John Hay Library as we celebrate the University’s 250-year history with a lecture series by Brown faculty and staff that highlights themes from the University Archives’ “Elements of Tradition and Change” exhibit.

The first lecture will be given by historian Ted Widmer entitled “Brown’s DNA”.  The lecture will incorporate aspects of Brown’s history Dr. Widmer has encountered during research for his history of Brown University.  He currently serves as Assistant to the President at the University.

Dr. Widmer is widely published on topics in American history and politics. His first book, Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City, was the recipient of the 2001 Washington Irving Literary Medal. He is the author of Martin Van Buren and Ark of the Liberties: America and the World and co-author of Campaigns: A Century of Presidential Races.  Widmer earned a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization, an A.M. in history, and an A.B. in the history and literature of France and America from Harvard University.



Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library

Speakers: Ted Widmer, Assistant to the President: “Brown’s DNA”


Open Access Week Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Brown Library


As part of its investigation into the issue of open access during Open Access Week, the Brown University Library is hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library on Thursday, October 23 from 3:30 – 8 p.m.

All are welcome. All you need is a laptop and a power adapter. Not familiar with wiki editing? That’s OK. Just bring your willingness to learn.

Click here for more information and a signup.

Hashtags: #OpenAccess and #OAW2014

Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 3:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street

S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship for Research Relating to H. P. Lovecraft


The John Hay Library at Brown University, home to the largest collection of H. P. Lovecraft materials in the world, is pleased to offer an annual fellowship for research relating to H. P. Lovecraft, his associates, and literary heirs, beginning in 2015. The S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship, established by The Aeroflex Foundation and Hippocampus Press, is intended to promote scholarly research using the world renowned resources on H. P. Lovecraft at the John Hay Library.

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $2,500 for six weeks of research at the Library. The Fellowship is open to individuals engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research.

Applications are due by January 31, 2015 with notifications made April 30, 2015.

For more information including application requirements, terms of appointments, and selection criteria, please visit the Library’s S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship webpage.

Exhibit | John Cullen Murphy: An Artist in the Pacific War, 1943-1945


Returning soldier 1945, Tokyo, John Cullen Murphy, original conté crayon and wash bust portrait sketch

John Cullen Murphy was born in Chicago in 1919 and later moved to New Rochelle, New York with his family. In New Rochelle, his next-door-neighbor was Norman Rockwell, and the young Murphy sometimes sat as a model for the artist. Murphy was, in fact, the model for David Copperfield in Rockwell’s Land of Enchantment mural. Inspired by this auspicious initiation into the arts, Murphy then studied at the Art Students League.

When war broke out in Europe, he joined the New York 7th Regiment. Following training at Camp Stewart, Georgia, he sailed from Oakland, California in 1943 bound for Australia, where General Douglas MacArthur had established his headquarters following his retreat from the Philippines. Murphy served as aide-de-camp to one of MacArthur’s generals, who had escaped from Corregidor, and who was now in command of all American anti-aircraft forces. As a consequence, Murphy spent considerable time around MacArthur’s staff, going with MacArthur’s forces to New Guinea and later the Philippines before moving on to Japan following the surrender in 1945. In Tokyo, he sketched MacArthur and his family along with images of returning Japanese soldiers.

Many of Murphy’s sketches, drawings, and watercolors along with several sketchbooks depict scenes from these campaigns and the men and women who served in them. These were donated to the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection in 1994. In 2012, Murphy’s widow donated his wartime letters. A selection of his letters and artwork will be on display in the Bopp Seminar Room at the John Hay Library through the end of the semester.

The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection is the foremost American collection of material devoted to the history and iconography of soldiers and soldiering and is one of the world’s largest collections devoted to the study of military and naval uniforms. It contains approximately 20,000 printed books, numerous albums, sketchbooks, scrapbooks and portfolios, and over 15,000 individual prints, drawings, paintings and watercolors as well as a collection of 5,000 miniature lead soldiers. To learn more about the collection, please visit its webpage at

Dates: October 20 – December 22, 2014
Location: Bopp Seminar Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Lecture Series | Elements of Tradition and Change: Brown University’s First 250 Years

The John Hay Library celebrates the University’s 250-year history with a lecture series by Brown faculty and staff that highlights themes from the University Archives’ “Elements of Tradition and Change” exhibit.  All of the lectures will be in the Lownes Room, John Hay Library at 5:30 pm:

Ted Widmer, Assistant to the President: “Brown’s DNA”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rob Emlen, University Curator: “Making a Campus on College Hill: Sacrificing an Historic Neighborhood to Build a Better College”
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beth Taylor, Senior Lecturer in English: “Letters Home: Brown Alumni at War”
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Luther Spoehr, Senior Lecturer in Education: “Wayland and Magaziner and (Much) More: The Brown Curriculum through the Years”
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Robert Self, Professor of History:  “The Embedded University: Social Change, Brown, and the Long 20th Century”
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library
Time: 5:30 pm