A recently released article “Brown University to make historical panorama available online” from the Associated Press spotlights the work being done by the Brown University Library to digitize a 273 foot example of panoramic art. The Garibaldi Panorama will be available to virtual visitors this November through the Library’s Center for Digital Initiatives.
For a full text of the article visit: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/connecticut/ny-bc-ct–digitalpanorama1027oct27,0,6979162.story
An exhibition curated by Rex Nielson and Patricia Figueroa
November 1 – December 21, 2007
John Hay Library
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The John Hay Library is located at 20 Prospect St., Providence, Rhode Island. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
An opening reception on Thursday, November 11, 2007 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.
:An exhibition in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Les Fleurs du mal held in conjunction with the colloquium “The Flowering of Baudelaire.”
Charles Baudelaire found inspiration in both classical and modern sources, in art and in everyday life. He embraced the power of the imagination to transform reality and create new worlds based on its perception. The unparalleled impact of Baudelaire’s poems, translations and art critique was felt both internationally and across an extraordinarily wide range of aesthetic media. The exhibition brings together literary texts, translations, excerpts of art critique, graphic and musical works that either inspired Baudelaire or played a significant role in his legacy.
October 8 – November 2, 2007, John Hay Library
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 6 pm and Sun 1-5 pm; the exhibit will also be open to the public on Sat Oct. 13, 1:30 -3 pm & Sat Oct. 20, 9 am – 5 pm.
To view the online component to the exhibition, please visit http://dl.lib.brown.edu/baudelaire
The latest issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education features an article documenting the hard work that Brown University curators and team members in the Center for Digital Initiatives are doing to make the Garibaldi Panorama digitally available to students and scholars throughout the world. The Library is collaborating with the Department of Italian Studies to bring this superb example of panoramic art back to the public eye in an interactive way. For the full text of the article visit http://chronicle.com/weekly/v54/i06/06a04801.htm.
A volume of John James Audubon’s master work, The Birds of America, is on display on the main floor of the John Hay Library. Each plate will be on display for only one month. This month’s bird is the Tundra Swan. The library is open 9 to 6, Monday through Friday and 1 to 5PM on Sundays.
This elephant folio edition of The Birds of America, bound in six volumes, was presented by Albert E. Lownes to the Library on the occasion of his 50th class reunion in 1970.
For more information please contact Hay@brown.edu
Thanks to the generosity of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, along with the Brown Forman Corporation, the Brown University Library will be able to begin development of a comprehensive database devoted to the study of the Gorham Manufacturing Company. Brown will work in conjunction with both the Museum and the Library of the Rhode Island School of Design to design the digital collection, which will draw on collections of Gorham silverware held by museums from around the world. The $29, 609 grant will enable staff members to create a website to house archival drawings, sketches, and product descriptions based on catalogues produced by Gorham Manufacturing and held by the Brown Library. Users will be able to identify their own pieces and contribute their own descriptions of their personal holdings to the virtual catalogue, thereby leading to a fuller understanding of Gorham and, by extension, American manufacturing.
“The funding provided by IMLS is important for getting us started down the long road to making the Gorham Archive accessible to the public,” says project coordinator Holly Snyder, North American History Librarian at the Brown University Library.”There are wonderful materials in the collection that, at present, no one is able to use because they are uncatalogued. This project is where we begin to change all that. The Gorham Archive is enormously important from an academic perspective, because it is one of the largest collections of research material devoted to a single corporation in the United States. It contains a wealth of documentation on the design, engineering, manufacturing, labor on and social history of silver products for consumers between 1831 and the 1980s.”
Brown University holds the largest collection of material relating to the Gorham Manufacturing Company, a leading American manufacturer of sterling and silverplate and producer of ecclesiastical wear from Victorian time through the 1960s. The Gorham Collection boasts a broad and diverse array of archival records including thousands of drawings and photographs of Gorham products, corporate files, personnel and sales records, advertisements, blueprints, plaster casts, and copper printing plates.
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