Exhibit | Mamusse Wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God (“Eloit Indian Bible”)

The Holy Bible: containing The Old Testament and the New. Translated into the Indian Language, and Ordered to be Printed by the Commissioners of the United Colonies in New-England, At the Charge, and with the Consent of the Corporation in England for the Propagation of the Gospel amongst the Indians in New-England
John Eliot (1604–1690)
Massachusetts: Printed by Samuel Green and Marmaduke Johnson, 1663
Brown University Library, Special Collections

Wôpanâôt8âôk, pronounced, womp a naa on too aah onk, has been referred to by various names throughout history such as Natick, Wôpanâak, Massachusett, Wampanoag, Massachusee and Coweeset, as well as others. The language is but one in some forty languages that comprise the Algonquian language family–the largest geographical distribution of languages in the Western Hemisphere.

The first Bible produced on a printing press in North America was printed in Wôpanâôt8âôk in 1663 on the printing press at Harvard University.  Today this Bible, as well as all of the other documents in the language, are the foundation of the Wampanoag language work that has earned critical acclaim through the Makepeace Productions film “We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân,” and the work of Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1993 and governed by four tribes of the Wampanoag Nation (Mashpee, Herring Pond, Gay Head Aquinnah, and Assonet Band). 

The bible currently on view was owned by Roger Williams, Protestant theologian who established the colony of Rhode Island in 1636.

Exhibit Dates: April 15 -May 10, 2019
Exhibit TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Exhibit Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Events | Smith Magic Collection Performances with Joshua Jay

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, master magician Joshua Jay will offer two separate engagements.

Both events are free and open to the public with general seating provided on a first come, first served basis. No tickets are required.

Office Hours with a Magician

At 3 p.m. in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Jay will answer questions, offer inspiration, and provide attendees with the inside scoop on the world of magic. Ask Joshua all the juicy questions about the craft of magic. You’ll even have a chance to experience close-up magic right before your eyes. Children are welcome.

Tragic Magic

At 6 p.m. in List Art 120, Jay will present, Tragic Magic, a riveting lecture on all the magicians, spectators, and assistants who were killed in the act of magic. You’ll hear true stories of murder, botched escapes, and–with new scholarship–the real cause of Houdini’s untimely death. Told with passion and theatrics by master magician Joshua Jay, this presentation will even include a touch of the impossible. A Q&A will follow the presentation, and all questions on the craft of magic are welcome.

Joshua Jay

Joshua Jay is a former world-champion of close-up magic and the bestselling author of MAGIC: The Complete Course and several other titles. Joshua has performed and lectured in over 100 countries and helped design illusions for Game of Thrones. He has headlined at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Joshua fooled Penn & Teller on their hit show, Fool Us. Last year Joshua consulted with the US Postal Service on the magic postage stamps series released in the summer of 2018. 

H. Adrian Smith Collection of Conjuring and Magicana

The H. Adrian Smith Collection of Conjuring and Magicana at the Brown University Library, long considered one of the finest private libraries on conjuring and magic, includes 16th century titles on natural magic, alchemy, astrology, religious rites, and witchcraft. Later holdings include sections on conjuring, card tricks and games, magicians as performers, magic periodicals and other works intended for practicing magicians, such as posters, ephemera, and realia. The Collection is the gift and bequest of the collector, H. Adrian Smith, class of 1930, who as an undergraduate put himself through Brown by giving magic performances.

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Times: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Locations: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect St, Providence & List Art, 64 College Street, Providence

Event | Laura Stokes on Composer Fanny Hensel

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Laura Stokes, Performing Arts Librarian and Head of Orwig Music Library at Brown, will give a talk based on her book Fanny Hensel: A Research and Information Guide.

Free and open to the public. Q&A and reception to follow the talk.

Laura Stokes

Laura K. T. Stokes is the Performing Arts Librarian at Brown University, where she has also been a Lecturer in Music. She holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Indiana University. Her scholarly work examines music and cultural politics in the nineteenth century, including music for public ritual, opera, sacred music, gender and composition, and music publishing history. Her current projects are on the composers Fanny Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and Giacomo Meyerbeer, as well as music and politics, historiography, and nineteenth-century medievalism. From 2012–2018, she was an Assistant Editor of the journal Notes.

Fanny Hensel

Drawing of Fanny Hensel by Wilhelm Hensel

Fanny Hensel née Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1805–1847) was one of the most prolific female composers of the nineteenth century. The sister of the famous composer and conductor Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and granddaughter of the Jewish Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, she was educated alongside her brother, including in music composition. Upon reaching maturity, however, she faced restrictions on the pursuit of a public career—restrictions based on gender and social status. Hensel nonetheless continued to compose, with an output of over 450 musical works, and she became the organizer and hostess of a famous salon/private concert series.

After her death, Hensel’s work as a composer and musician was largely forgotten or dismissed; however, inspired by the field of women’s history, new research from the 1980s to the present day has promoted awareness of Hensel’s life and work. Fanny Hensel: A Research and Information Guide helps researchers navigate the vast world of research on Hensel. The author will talk about Hensel and her music as well as challenges and conundrums in this research area.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect St, Providence

Event | Renée Ater: Monuments, Slavery, and the Digital Humanities

Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Renée Ater will give a talk entitled, “Monuments, Slavery, and the Digital Humanities.”

Free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk.

Monuments, Slavery, and the Digital Humanities

In this public lecture, Renée Ater discusses the processes and challenges of creating a digital project/publication about the memorialization of slavery. Her project, Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past: Race, Memorialization, Public Space, and Civic Engagement, investigates how we visualize, interpret, and engage the slave past through contemporary monuments created for public spaces. Through an examination of twenty-five monuments in the South, Midwest, and Northeast, she tells a diverse and multi-layered story about our engagement with slavery in the present. Arranged thematically, she considers six digital case studies that include monuments to the Transatlantic slave trade and the Middle Passage, slavery and the university, resistance to enslavement, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, black soldiers and the Civil War, and emancipation and freedom.

Renée Ater

Renée Ater is Associate Professor Emerita of American Art at the University of Maryland. She holds a B.A. in art history from Oberlin College (1987); a M.A. in art history from the University of Maryland (1993); and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland (2000). Her research and writing have largely focused on the intersection of race, monument building, and national identity. Renée is currently a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, working on her digital publication project: Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past: Race, Memorialization, Public Space, and Civic Engagement.

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Events | Pizza Nights

slice of gooey pizza

Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?

It’s pizza!

Technically, Dominos is cooking the pizza, but you can definitely eat it at the Rock. And the SciLi.

On May 8 and 9, 2019 at 9 p.m., the Library invites students to take a break from studying for finals to fuel up on some saucy, doughy goodness.

  • Tuesday, May 7 at the Rock (lobby)
  • Wednesday, May 8 at the SciLi (Friedman Study Center)

Pizza nights are brought to you by the Library and Campus Life.

Best of luck with finals! We’re here for you.

Workshop | Sustaining DH

Sustaining DH

On April 4 – 5, 2019, the Library hosted a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) workshop entitled, Sustaining DH: An NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. Brown is one of five sites in the US to host the two-day workshop.

Taught by University of Pittsburgh Professor Alison Langmead (Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Visual Media Workshop; Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences) and Chelsea Gunn (PhD candidate, Information Culture and Data Stewardship; research assistant Sustaining DH), the workshop is designed to help archivists, librarians, and digital humanities practitioners create sustainability plans and address preservation concerns at any point in the life of a digital humanities project.

Over the course of the two-day workshop, 35 attendees representing eight project teams from New England, New York, Canada, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, critically examined their respective projects, creating detailed plans for sustainability and preservation.

Modernist Journals Project

Among the projects was the Modernist Journals Project, which was initiated at Brown by Professor Bob Scholes in 1994 and is jointly hosted by Brown and the University of Tulsa. It is currently supported by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage with help from the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS).


In addition to creating sustainable plans for their own projects, the attendees are also encouraged to become trainers in these sustainability practices moving forward, and they can avail themselves of support as trainers through the Sustaining DH initiative. Members of the Brown community can make use of the resources and expertise available in the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship, which performs and promotes the use of digital technology for scholarship at Brown. The staff within CDS advise, design, and carry out projects and workshops for every discipline on campus.

Event | House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo with Allison Levy

Join the Brown University Library on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library for a presentation on the book House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo (Bloomsbury, 2019) by author Allison Levy (Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown University Library and Visiting Scholar in Italian Studies) in conversation with Sheila Bonde (Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University).

House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo

House of Secrets tells the remarkable story of Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated façade. The house, beginning with its piecemeal assemblage by one of the richest men in Florence in the fifteenth century, has witnessed endless drama, from the butchering of its interior to a courtyard suicide to champagne-fueled orgies on the eve of World War I to a recent murder on its third floor. When the author, an art historian, serendipitously discovers a room for let in the house, she lands in the vortex of history and is tested at every turn—inside the house and out. Her residency in Palazzo Rucellai is informed as much by the sense of desire giving way to disappointment as by a sense of denial that soon enough must succumb to truth. House of Secrets is about the sharing of space, the tracing of footsteps, the overlapping of lives. It is about the willingness to lose oneself behind the façade, to live between past and present, to slip between the cracks of history and the crevices of our own imagination.

Allison Levy

Allison Levy

Allison Levy is Digital Scholarship Editor at Brown University Library. An art historian educated at Bryn Mawr College, she has taught in the US, Italy, and the UK. Allison has published widely on the visual culture of early modern Italy and serves as General Editor of the book series Visual and Material Culture, 1300–1700, published by Amsterdam University Press.

Discover more about House of Secrets and discuss on social with #houseofsecrets.

Sheila Bonde

Sheila Bonde is an archaeologist and architectural historian specializing in the study of medieval sites and their representation. Currently Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and Professor of Archaeology, she has excavated in England, France and Israel. She currently directs the MonArch excavation and research project in northern France at the Augustinian abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes in Soissons, the Carthusian house at Bourgfontaine, the Cistercian monastery at Notre-Dame d’Ourscamp, and the motherhouse at Tiron.

Date: April 2, 2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI

Event | PhD Student Recruitment

On March 14, 2018, the Library hosted a portion of the joint Humanities PhD Recruitment event organized by the Dean of the Faculty. In the past, each department had their own separate event for undecided, admitted students. In an new approach, eight humanities departments joined together to offer prospective students the opportunity to meet each other and to hear about special research and teaching opportunities from the Graduate School, the Center for Language Studies, the Cogut Institute, and the Library.

Library staff described graduate fellowships available in the John Hay Library, the Center for Digital Scholarship, and the Mellon Foundation-funded Digital Publishing Program, as well as other opportunities for graduate students to augment their disciplinary training through working with expert library staff on a range of projects. We look forward to collaborating with the new PhD candidates who decide to matriculate at Brown.

Exhibit | Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection Loan to The Watercolour World

French Garde Impériale and Garde Nationale during the Hundred Days, 1815. Denis Dighton 1792-1827

UK-based nonprofit organization The Watercolour World has added 93 items from the Brown University Library’s Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection to its online exhibition website, a free database of documentary watercolors painted before 1900.

Visit The Watercolour World and see the works from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection.

The Watercolour World aims to “not simply preserve the watercolour record but revive it, sparking new conversations and revelations. By making history visible to more people, we can deepen our understanding of the world.”

The Library is pleased to have provided access to our digital archive of material in the Military Collection, which numbers more than 25,000 items. Through partnerships such as this, we are able to share the unique treasures in our collections with scholars and patrons around the world.

Event | #LibraryLove on Valentine’s Day

Response to #LibraryLove 2019

Thank you to all the students, staff, and faculty who took the time to write 103 sticky notes expressing your affection for all things Brown University Library this past Valentine’s Day. We loved reading them! Here are a few of our favorite messages:

  • I love that the library is always there for me when I’m struggling
  • I love the U-FLi Center on the 5th floor and the constant presence of community
  • Love the library and the great people who care for it.
  • Best security guards on campus!
  • I live here.
  • The night guard who is always nice and asks me about my day
  • The SciLi has been like home for me. I’m always here.
  • I love studying with friends in the study rooms!
  • The people are so friendly here! Thank you to all the dedicated staff!
  • I love the wonderful friends turned family I’ve met while studying here.
  • Thank you to everyone who makes the SciLi feel like a home
  • Love all the friendly librarians at the Hay
  • I love my wonderful mentors and friends at the Hay
  • I love the Orwig scanner-copier!
  • I love the secret practice room!
  • I love all the music and love for music in the air
  • I love the power I feel finding books!
  • Love the student workers!
  • Free libraries got me here. Love.
  • Shoutout to the people who work in Interlibrary Loan!
  • Someone was nice enough to leave my glasses at the front desk when I lost them here!
  • To the librarian with the awesome haircut (you know you you are): awesome haircut!
  • Thanks for being so kind. You’re the best.
  • People in Circ are the best!
  • I love libraries and people who love libraries!
  • I love the subject librarians and their diverse knowledge!
  • I love the Rock b/c I live here!
  • Thank you for staying up late with us while we work!
  • So many possibilities in every book!
  • Thanks for such a warm and friendly place to study.

Over 1,000 cookies were eaten and we mailed 111 cards from the Friends of the Library collection.

In addition, people were invited to post messages online.

We hope that the #LibraryLove event brightened your Valentine’s Day as much as it did for us. We love the members of the Brown University community, we stand ready to help you with all your research and study needs, and we look forward to sharing the love once again on Valentine’s Day 2020!

Cookies and Stickies

This Valentine’s Day — Thursday, February 14 — let us know what you love about the Brown University Library, enjoy some cookies, and write a love letter.

There will be cookies in four library locations along with sticky notes and pens. We invite you to write what you love about the Library on a sticky note and put it up on the wall.

Share the Love on Social

We’ll take some photos of the sticky notes and post them to Instagram and Twitter.

  • @BrownUniversityLibrary on Insta
  • @BrownLibrary on Twitter

We’d love to see your photos, too! Be sure to use #LibraryLove and #BrownLibrary so we can like, comment, and share.

Not on campus? Create a virtual love letter to the Library.

Send a Letter

Complimentary greeting cards from the Friends of the Library collections will be available at each location. Please help yourself to a card (or several), write a note, seal and address the envelope (you will need to know the address), and place it in the box labeled “CARDS.” The Library will mail the cards for you!

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2018
Time: All day

  • Rockefeller Library, Sorensen Family Reading Room
  • John Hay Library, First Floor Lounge
  • Sciences Library, Lobby
  • Orwig Music Library, Circulation Area