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The Brown University Library and the Rhode Island Philatelic Society invite you to celebrate the Society’s 125 years of charted activity on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at two events taking place at the John Hay Library at Brown University. The American Philatelic Society recognizes RIPS as the oldest continuously running philatelic society in America.
Join us in the foyer of the John Hay Library from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm where the RIPS will host a temporary U.S. postal station. A special commemorative cancellation and cover will be available for purchase.
From 7:00-9:00 pm that evening, there will be a reception on the third floor of the John Hay Library where a major portion of the University’s extensive philatelic collection will be on display. Members of the RIPS will be available to answer questions about the collection, and a small exhibit on stamps and the society’s history will also be on view.
For over 30 years, members of the Rhode Island Philatelic Society have volunteered to catalogue, update and prepare exhibits for several world class philatelic collections given to the University by alumni. The plate block, revenue and error collection of Webster Knight, the George S. Champlin international collection and the Peltz and Morriss collections of special delivery stamps each offer great research potential for local collectors. This close bond between Brown University and the RIPS made the John Hay Library a natural choice for both entities to celebrate this 125 year legacy.
Come to visit the East Asian Book Art Exhibition in the North Gallery of the John Hay Library. The exhibit will last through the end of February 2010. The items are selected from East Asian Collection in the Rock Library, which probably is the first exhibition of its kind in the country.
East Asian Book Art Exhibition
North Gallery of the John Hay Library, Brown University
Dec. 16, 2009 – February 28, 2010
East Asian countries, China, Japan, and Korea, are not only proud of their long history of paper production and book printing, but also of their development of wonderful book design and binding art. China especially now produces more books than any other country in the world, and has witnessed an increasing growth of newly designed books in recent years. We think it´s time to introduce this new trend of book art to our library patrons.
Combining the best of traditional design with modern colors and patterns, these books often use various “real” materials, such as painted porcelains, embroidery, coins, stamps, wood, leather, and special paper, to bring the readers into close touch with both culture and nature. The designs and shapes of the books and book covers/cases are also varied and vivid. In terms of content, the historical range covers nearly 5,000 years. The subject fields include East Asian history, literature, philosophy, religion, military art, fine art, calligraphy, and folk arts. Themes range from ancient bamboo slips to modern music CDs; from Confucian classics to Chairman Mao´s “Little Red Book”; from the printed Buddhist canon of Korea to Japanese ukiyo-e art; and from woodblock printing to Peking opera makeup. All these reflect the essence of the rich and colorful East Asian cultures.
The exhibition is in the North Gallery of the John Hay Library. There are also two large pictures of the Gardner Room in the Rockefeller Library posted on the wall of the exhibition room. The Gardner Room´s traditional Chinese bookcases are unique in North America.
Hope you will stop by the exhibition and enjoy the book art!
The Brown University Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Hildene-Brown Lincoln Essay Competition:
FIRST PRIZE Sherry Romanzi, Barrington (Gordon School)
SECOND PRIZE Audrey Chisholm, Providence (Gordon School)
THIRD PRIZE (TIE) Gianna Jasinski, Greenville (LaSalle Academy)
THIRD PRIZE (TIE) Sabrina Fowler, Millville, Massachusetts (LaSalle Academy)
Marydjina Barionnette, Providence (Nathanael Greene Middle School)
Mia Murphy, Barrington (Gordon School)
Katherine Rogers, Rumford (La Salle Academy)
Adianna San Lucas, Providence (La Salle Academy)
The Hildene-Brown Lincoln Essay Competition forms part of an ongoing joint effort by the Brown University Library and Hildene to promote the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Hildene, located in Manchester, Vermont, was built by Robert Todd Lincoln in 1905 and was the home of Lincoln descendents until 1975. Today, it is a non-profit museum and education center. Brown University’s John Hay Library, named for the 1858 Brown alumnus who served as Lincoln’s private secretary, holds an extensive collection of manuscripts and printed materials documenting Lincoln’s life and legacy, a portion of which has been made publicly available in digital format at http://dl.lib.brown.edu/lincoln/index.html
The eight winners were selected from a strong pool of 67 entries from students living, working and/or attending public and private schools across Providence County. Winners will attend a Lincoln Birthday Luncheon on January 31st, where the First, Second and Third Prize winners will read their essays aloud. All eight award winners and their parents, or a parent and a teacher, will be guests of Hildene and Brown University at this special event marking Lincoln’s birthday, at which noted Lincoln scholar and former Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank J. Williams will preside.
The Brown University Library and Hildene congratulate the winners, and hope the competition will serve to encourage further study of the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln throughout Rhode Island, capitalizing on the superior resources available at Brown for this purpose.
The essay competition is part of the Brown University Library’s ongoing programming for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, and has been endorsed by the Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
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 “Horned Grebe”.
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.
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Ever get lost in the stacks of the Rock looking for a book? Now you can get the floor and aisle information directly in Josiah.
Remember you can always text a call number to your phone — which now also has the book location included.
The lives and accomplishments of more than 30 black gay men with Rhode Island connections, including the writer James Baldwin, are the subject of the exhibit “Black Lavender 2,” on display at the John Hay Library through January 29, 2010.
Curator Robb Dimmick tells the stories of these men — many of them local artists, actors, public servants and scholars — through letters, photographs, playbills and even State House laws, items he has collected over a 30-year span. Dimmick, an actor, theater director and collector, said his mission “is to bring to light the black gay community, because it is sort of invisible.” A former book scout for Providence’s Cornerstone Bookstore, which specialized in black literature at a time when many stores did not have an African American section, Dimmick began collecting information and ephemera on black gay writers in the mid-1970s.
The exhibit is funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and is part of its “On the Road to Freedom” initiative which explores African American life in Rhode Island. The John Hay Library, at 20 Prospect Street, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.