Exhibit | Greek Life – A Brief History of Phi Beta Kappa at Brown

Greek Life – A Brief History of Phi Beta Kappa at Brown                                Selected Items On View From the Brown University Archives

For over 200 years Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated academic achievement and advocated for freedom of thought.  It is the oldest and most prestigious academic honors society in the United States.

The Rhode Island Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded at Brown University in 1830. Brown students elected to Phi Beta Kappa join a tradition that exemplifies the Phi Beta Kappa motto “Love of learning is the guide of life,” symbolized in the gold key.  Membership is diverse, connecting U.S. Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Nobel Laureates, authors, diplomats, athletes, researchers, actors, and business leaders.

Dates: February 6 – March 30, 2018
TimeJohn D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Hours
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | Lincoln Recordó en America Latina


Selected Items on View at the John Hay Library:

“Canción a Abraham Lincoln” Lady’s Fan, c. 1865
Havana, Cuba
Brown University Library, Special Collections

Latin Americans observed, mourned and commemorated Abraham Lincoln’s life and legacy in a number of ways. Argentinians named a city in Buenos Aires Province for him. Statues of Lincoln can be found in Mexico, Cuba and Ecuador. Avenida Abraham Lincoln is a main thoroughfare in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Shown here is a more personal object: a lady’s fan, thought to have been produced in Havana. It commemorates Lincoln’s life and assassination in both English and Spanish.

Vida de Abran Lincoln, décimo sesto presidente de los Estados Unidos
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811–1888)
Nueva York, Estados Unidos: D. Appleton y Ca., 1866
Brown University Library, Special Collections

In May 1865, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento arrived in New York to take up his post as minister plenipotentiary to the United States from the newly reunified Argentine Republic. Arriving from a country in triumph to a country in deep mourning, Sarmiento heard a great deal and thought deeply about Lincoln, whose ideas about government he found engaging and with whom he felt he would have had much in common. Before the year was out, he had written a full length biography of the assassinated leader, whom he had never met, publishing it in his native Spanish in New York. “In the life of Lincoln,” Sarmiento wrote, “we find commonalities of existence in both Americas, and in the facts relating thereto must deduce lessons and useful warnings for our own government.”  The copy shown here was originally presented by Sarmiento, hot off the press, to the Library of Congress.

Dates: January February 6 – 28, 2018
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Digitized Versions of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post

Digitized, full-page view versions of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post are now available for our subscriptions that run from 2008 until 3 months ago. You can browse the full-page issues of these newspapers or simply search for articles as always.

ProQuest Digitized Newspapers: The New York Times Recent (2008-Recent; 3-month embargo)
ProQuest Digitized Newspapers: The Wall Street Journal Recent (2008-Recent; 3-month embargo)
ProQuest Digitized Newspapers: The Washington Post Recent (2008-Recent; 3-month embargo)

Announcement | Curator Li Wang Interviewed by China Library Weekly

During the recent 2017 Beijing International Book Fair–the second largest book fair in the world–Dr. Li Wang, Curator of Brown’s East Asian Collection, was interviewed by China Library Weekly, the only library newspaper published in China. Dr. Wang spoke about Brown University Library as well as his professional activities and perspectives. In the special issue, dated August 25, 2017, a large picture of Brown’s John Hay Library was presented on the newspaper’s front page and a full internal page featured Wang and the interview, entitled: “Librarian Should be an Envoy of Cross-Cultural Exchange.”

Based on his recent study of the mission and vision statements that reflect the new strategies of knowledge services in North American academic research libraries, Wang briefly summarized his ideas on the relationship between libraries and teaching and research at universities. He stressed that, aligning with the educational missions and with the teaching and research goals of their home universities, libraries should further redefine themselves, assume a new role as an academic partner, and engage more actively in knowledge innovation and the research process. That is just what Brown University Library proclaims in its mission statement: “Partnering with students, faculty, staff, and members of the global scholarly community, we foster and guide the creation, acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge at Brown and beyond in a spirit of free and open inquiry.”

In terms of promoting cross-cultural exchange, Wang also shared his experience in recent years, especially through exhibitions, presentations, travel reports, and other activities in this effort. Wang says, ”The librarian should not only be a manager and educator of scholarly resources. We, as scholars of Chinese studies, should also become an envoy of cross-cultural exchange, creating a genial cultural ambience so as to facilitate cultural exchange and understanding in a global context.”

Click here to read the article in Chinese, or read the translation below (translated by Yanqing Shen ’18).

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Spotlight On: Digital National Security Archive (DNSA)

The Library subscribes to many of the databases included in the Digital National Security Archive.

Afghanistan: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1973–1990
Argentina, 1975-1980: The Making of U.S. Human Rights
The Berlin Crisis, 1958–1962
Chile and the United States: U.S. Policy toward Democracy, Dictatorship, and Human Rights, 1970–1990
China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960–1998
CIA Family Jewels Indexed
Colombia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights, 1948-2010
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary
The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection, From Bay of Pigs to Nuclear Brink
Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Ops, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999
El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977–1984
El Salvador: War, Peace, and Human Rights, 1980–1994
Iran: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977–1980
The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983–1988
Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980–1994
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, 1960–1976
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, Part III, 1961-2000
The Kissinger Telephone Conversations: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
The Kissinger Transcripts: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
The National Security Agency: Organization and Operations, 1945-2009
Nicaragua: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978–1990
Peru: Human Rights, Drugs, and Democracy, 1980-2000
The Philippines: U.S. Policy During the Marcos Years, 1965–1986information
Presidential Directives on National Security, Part I: From Truman to Clinton
Presidential Directives on National Security, Part II: From Truman to George W. Bush
The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947–1991
U.S. Espionage and Intelligence, 1947–1996
U.S. Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis and Covert Action
The U.S. Intelligence Community: Organization, Operations, and Management, 1947–1989
The U.S. Intelligence Community After 9/11
U.S. Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction: From World War II to Iraq
U.S. Military Uses of Space, 1945–1991
U.S. Nuclear History: Nuclear Arms and Politics in the Missile Age, 1955–1968
U.S. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy, 1945–1991
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part I: 1954-1968
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975
The United States and the Two Koreas (1969-2000)

Spotlight on Rock’s Backpages Database: B.B. King

BBKingImage courtesy of lyrics.wikia.com.

B.B. King (2002)
Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock’s Backpages Audio, October 2002
The Chairman of the Board of Blues Singers looks back at his early days in Memphis, and on the observational nature of his songs, and their universal subject matter.
File format: mp3; file size: 10mb, interview length: 10′ 55″ sound quality: ****

Tempo: B.B. King
Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1967
B.B. King has been getting some attention lately; still not enough for a great master, but it’s attention anyway. Charles Keil did a chapter on …

Tempo: B.B. King (part 2)
Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967
ANYTHING YOU want to sell nowadays, all you’ve got to do is advertise. I think people are just beginning to advertise blues. Aretha Franklin, for …

B.B. King, Fleetwood Mac, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Duster Bennett: Royal Albert Hall, London
Live Review by Max Jones, Melody Maker, May 1969

Newport Jazz Festival 1969: New Records & Not All That Jazz
Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, July 1969
NEWPORT, R.I. — On paper at least the experiment of adding rock music to the Newport Jazz Festival 1969 came from the purest of motives. …

Payin’ Some Dues — Blues at Ann Arbor
Live Review by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, August 1969
“I’d like for them to hear the real things. I don’t think yet that most of the white people like my music because it’s blues. I …

B.B. King: Background To A Living Legend
Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971
B.B. KING is the undisputed King of the Blues – fact! Every press release in existence on B.B. will tell you that he is a …


B.B. King   at The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, CA. 12-03-08 Image courtesy of unofficial.cc.

Spotlight On: PrivCo

Current; PrivCo focuses solely on private company financial data, including M&A activity, investor information, and private equity and venture capital data, all very interconnected. Includes coverage of over 50,000 private companies, 18,000 investors, and nearly 100,000 private market deals. Entrepreneurship programs find the ability to search by niche industry for private companies and to locate which investors have invested in specific industries helpful as well.

The PrivCo 100: America’s Largest Private Companies

The PrivCo Europe 25: Europe’s 25 Largest Companies

PrivCo’s Top 20 Largest Venture Capital Rounds of 2014

PrivCo’s Top 10 Largest Venture Capital Exits of 2014

PrivCo’s Top 10 Largest Private Equity Acquisitions of 2014

Spotlight On: JSTOR


JSTOR; provides image and full text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title.

Spotlight On: SocIndex with Full Text

SocINDEX with Full Text is a comprehensive sociology research database. This product contains informative abstracts for more than 1300 “core” coverage journals dating back to 1895. In addition, SocINDEX with Full Text provides data mined from more than 450 “priority” coverage journals as well as over 2,900 “selective” coverage journals. Includes extensive indexing for books, monographs, conference papers, and other sources. Searchable cited references are also provided.

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