Event | Finding a Balance: Conservation of the Cased Images from the John Hay Library – A Preservation Week Talk

DagsBeforeAfter The Library is celebrating Preservation Week with a talk about the conservation of our daguerreotypes on Friday, May 1 at 2 p.m. in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library. The talk, “Finding a Balance: Conservation of the Cased Images from the John Hay Library,” will be given by Monique C. Fischer, Senior Photograph Conservator, and Amanda A. Maloney, Assistant Photograph and Paper Conservator, from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC).

Cased images differ significantly from other conventional forms of paper-based photography and present their own challenges when it comes to conservation. This talk will include discussion of three varieties of cased images: daguerreotypes that can be distinguished by their metallic composition–a thin copper plate with a highly polished silver surface; and other, less expensive wet collodion alternatives: the ambrotype on a glass support and tintype on a jappaned iron support. Even in the 19th century these photographic materials were vulnerable to marring, abrasion, breakage, tarnish, rust, and corrosion. As a result, decoratively covered wood or ornamental, molded thermoplastic cases were constructed to protect these fragile images.

Conservation of these cased images is complicated. One must consider not just the photographic image but also leather, wood, plastic, cloth, metal, glass, and varnish. Conservation and preservation must strike a balance between the photographic image and its traditional housing.

Using examples of cased images from the John Hay Library Collections, Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Lovell Family Papers, Hay Family Images, and University Archives, Fischer and Maloney will discuss the history, craft, deterioration, and conservation of these complicated, diverse, and interesting objects.

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Monique C. Fischer, Senior Photograph Conservator at NEDCC

Monique Fischer has specialized in the conservation of photographic materials since 1994. In collaboration with the Image Permanence Institute, she was awarded a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1997 for the development of A-D Strips, a tool that detects deterioration in acetate film. Monique lectures extensively on photograph conservation in the U.S. and abroad and has been awarded two fellowships by the J. Paul Getty Trust to investigate the longevity of digital output media. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Monique received a B.A. in Chemistry from Smith College, and an M.S. in Art Conservation with a concentration in Photographic Materials from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program.

Amanda A. Maloney, Assistant Photograph and Paper Conservator at NEDCC

Amanda Maloney has worked in the field of photograph conservation since 2011. She received master’s degrees from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and the program for Photographic Preservation and Collections Management at Ryerson University/George Eastman House. She gained experience working with photographic materials as a conservator at The Better Image®. She has also completed conservation internships at The Sherman Fairchild Photograph Conservation Laboratory at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Fotorestauratie Atelier of Clara von Waldthausen (Amsterdam). In addition to treatment, Amanda has participated in surveys, research, and workshops on the preservation of photographic materials. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Patric Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Happy Josiah S. Carberry Day!

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The Brown University Library celebrates Josiah S. Carberry every Friday the 13th. Consider leaving your loose change in a Brown jug (AKA “cracked pot”) to benefit the Josiah Carberry Fund. The jugs are out on each Friday the 13th in the Rock and SciLi.

Want to know more about Carberry and the Fund? Click here for more info.

Known to show up unannounced in unlikely places, Carberry has been seen but never verified on campus. Will you spot the elusive man himself? If you do, try to capture him with a photo and share on Twitter or Instagram with #JosiahCarberry.

To share on Facebook, friend Josiah Carberry and tag him in the photo.

Happy Josiah Carberry Day, Happy Friday the 13th, and happy hunting for Carberry!

Exhibit | Lincoln Covers and Stamps

Lincoln envelope An exhibit featuring Lincoln stamps and covers and First Day Covers is on display in the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection Gallery at the John Hay Library. The exhibit will be available for viewing now through Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

The Lincoln Covers
In the world of philately, an envelope is referred to as a “cover.” This collection features covers that are adorned with patriotic art, all addressed to President Abraham Lincoln at the beginning of the American Civil War. Many patriotic covers, adorned with rousing images of the American union such as that shown above, were set aside and preserved by John Hay, Brown Class of 1859, who was one of two private secretaries who attended President Lincoln during this time. As each piece of mail sent in a patriotic cover arrived at the White House, Hay would open it and pass the contents on to President Lincoln, retaining the cover as a souvenir. In 1958, John Hay Whitney, a descendent of John Hay, donated these to the Brown University Library.

Lincoln Stamps and First Day Covers
Within a year after his death, the United States Post Office began issuing stamps honoring President Lincoln. Several of the earliest stamps issued by the USPO are on display as well as some First Day Covers, like those pictured below, featuring Lincoln. A First Day Cover is an envelope bearing a stamp which has been canceled on the day the stamp was issued.

Lincoln First Day Cover

The Brown University Library is home to several stamp collections, including the Knight Collection, the Peltz and Morriss Collections of Special Delivery stamps, the George S. Champlin Memorial Stamp Collection of international issues, and the Robert T. Galkin Collection of First Day Covers.

Click here for more information about Special Collections at Brown, including the stamp collections.

Dates: March 12 – May 27, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Location: Anne S.K. Brown Military Gallery, Third Floor, Room 303, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts – In Person and Online

 

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The John Hay Library is pleased to host the Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts exhibit, on display in the lobby cases and Willis Reading Room cases from March 11 – July 31, 2015. The exhibit features unicorn-related artifacts, objects, images, and text from the specialized collections of the Brown University Library, the Fleet Library at RISD, the RISD Museum, the Providence Athenaeum, the Providence Public Library, and the John Carter Brown Library.

Members of the public can visit the exhibit at the Hay Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is also an online exhibit, which can be viewed here.

Part of the larger Unicorns in Residence: Providence initiative, the exhibit is a fun and educational exploration of the unicorn from ancient to modern times. The exhibit artifacts trace the history of how unicorns have been represented and explore the myth and manifestation of the mysterious creature within different historical and cultural contexts. The exhibit also features the transforming imagery of the unicorn, from initial investigations into its existence to modern design motifs.

Date: March 11 – July 31, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Location: Lobby and Willis Reading Room Cases, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | The Life and Literary Influence of H. P. Lovecraft with Author Leslie S. Klinger

LesKlinger_049_lgOn Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the John Hay Library, esteemed author and authority on the literary macabre, Leslie S. Klinger will deliver a biographical overview of H. P. Lovecraft’s life and writing career and an assessment of his influence on subsequent literature. Klinger will also discuss the issue of Lovecraft’s racial views and the impact of such views. There will be a Q&A following the talk and a book sale and signing of Klinger’s The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. A reception will also follow the Q&A. This event is free and open to the public.

Leslie Klinger is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s History Series. He is also the Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He lectures frequently on Holmes, Dracula, and their worlds, and he teaches regular courses on Holmes and Dracula at UCLA Extension. His introductions and essays have appeared in numerous books, graphic novels, academic journals, newspapers, and Playboy Magazine; he also reviews books for the Los Angeles Times.

In his long-awaited, annotated edition of 22 works of H. P. Lovecraft, Klinger reanimates Lovecraft, charting the rise of the pulp writer, whose rediscovery is almost unprecedented in American literary history. Following a trajectory not unlike Melville or Poe, Lovecraft’s vast body of work—a mythos in which humanity is a blissfully unaware speck in a cosmos shared by ancient alien beings—is increasingly being recognized as the foundation for American horror and science fiction.

HP-Lovecraft-CoverWith nearly 300 illustrations and more than 1,000 annotations, Klinger illuminates every hidden dimension of Lovecraft’s most canonical works.

Klinger attended the University of California where he received an A.B. in English; he also attended the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he obtained a J.D. degree. By day, Klinger practices law in Westwood, specializing in tax, estate planning, and business law.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

CBS News Report Features Two Brown Alumni, Malcolm X, and Materials from the Brown Archives

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As a senior at Brown, Malcolm Burnley ’12 discovered a story in the Brown Daily Herald about a 1961 visit Malcolm X made to campus in order to debate the author of a previous Brown Daily Herald story, Katharine Pierce ’62. In her article, Ms. Pierce argued that racial integration was necessary while Malcolm X argued in favor of racial separation instead of segregation.

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, CBS aired a news story with reporter Jim Axelrod about Mr. Burnley’s discovery. As it turns out, not only did he uncover the student newspaper article and information about Malcolm X’s visit to campus, he also found Ms. Pierce, who was able to share her memories of Malcolm X and the debate.

Click here to view the televised segment.

Event | Open Access in the Humanities: Benefits, Challenges and Economics with Martin Paul Eve

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On Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Martin Paul Eve will deliver a talk entitled, “Open Access in the Humanities: Benefits, Challenges, and Economics.” This event is free and open to the public.

Martin Paul Eve is a Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, U.K., in the Faculty of Media Humanities and Performance, working on literature and technology. Martin specializes in 20th- and 21st- century American fiction, particularly the works of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace. He is also interested in various strands of critical theory, including Theodor W. Adorno, Michel Foucault and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In addition to this, Martin works on publishing technologies and the analysis of these forms. This is undertaken through practical research interventions, most notably seen in his well-known work on open access publishing. In addition to his scholarly literary research, Martin also edits Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon and Alluvium, as well as establishing the Open Library of Humanities Project. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional in C# and the .NET Framework.

Martin is currently on research leave working on the Open Library of Humanities project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Event and Exhibit | Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts

 

UnicornFound-poster_webOn Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 4 – 5:30 p.m., the John Hay Library will host a faculty colloquium entitled Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts. Part of the larger Unicorns in Residence: Providence initiative, the colloquium will feature a panel discussion with Brown professors from different disciplines engaging in scholarly inquiry into the unicorn legend. The colloquium also launches the opening of an exhibit of the same name. A reception will follow the colloquium. This event is free and open to the public.

Brown professors participating in the colloquium:

  • Johanna Hanink, Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Humanities, Classics Department
  • Any Remensnyder, History Department
  • Felipe Rojas Silva, Assistant Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World, Assistant Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

The Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts exhibit will be on display in the lobby cases and Willis Reading Room cases of the John Hay Library from March 11 – July 31, 2015. The exhibit will feature unicorn-related artifacts, objects, images, and text from the specialized collections of the Brown University Library, the Fleet Library at RISD, the RISD Museum, the Providence Athenaeum, the Providence Public Library, and the John Carter Brown Library.

A fun and educational exploration of the unicorn from ancient to modern times, the Unicorn Found exhibit traces the history of how unicorns have been represented, exploring the myth and manifestation of the mysterious creature within different historical and cultural contexts. Exhibit artifacts depict the transforming imagery of the unicorn, from initial investigations into its existence, to modern design motifs.

Members of the public can visit the exhibit at the Hay during the library’s open hours, found here.

Unicorns In Residence: Providence

Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts colloquium and exhibit are part of a larger community building project happing throughout the city of Providence. For more information on this exciting initiative, please visit the website at http://www.unicornsinresidence.com/

Colloquium:

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m., reception immediately following
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit:

Date: March 11 – July 31, 2015
Time: John Hay Library open hours
Location: Lobby and Willis Reading Room Cases, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

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350th Anniversary of the Oldest Continuously Published Scholarly Journal

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The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London celebrates its 350th anniversary on March 6, 2015. Published since 1665, not only is it the oldest scholarly journal in the Brown University Library’s collections, it is believed to be the oldest scholarly journal in continuous publication. The Library is pleased to own a complete run in the original paper edition and to offer the complete run electronically through JSTOR.

Members of the Brown community with web authorization can click here to view the earliest issues.

Brown Engineering Professor Peter D. Richardson, a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), writes, “In 1665 the first issue of Philosophical Transactions was edited by Henry Oldenberg FRS, and this is now the oldest scientific journal in continuous publication, with peer review a characteristic content control feature.”

According to Richardson, the Royal Society of London is the world’s oldest chartered national scientific academy in continuous existence, and has been at the forefront of enquiry and discovery since its foundation in 1660. The backbone of the Society is its Fellowship of the most eminent scientists of the day, elected by peer review for life and entitled to use FRS after their name. There are more than 80 Nobel Laureates among the Society’s Fellows and Foreign Members. In 1663, the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge was granted its arms and adopted the motto “Nullius in verba” (i.e. Take nobody’s word for it) as expression of its enduring commitment to empirical evidence as the basis of knowledge about the natural world.

Happy Josiah Carberry Day!

Josiah Carberry during the Blizzard of 2015, Providence, RI

Josiah Carberry during the Blizzard of 2015, Providence, RI

The Brown University Library celebrates Josiah Carberry every Friday the 13th. In honor of the 13th and Valentine’s Day, we invite you to enjoy cookies at the Rock and SciLi. Consider leaving your loose change in a Brown jug (AKA “cracked pot”) to benefit the Josiah Carberry Fund.

Want to know more about Carberry and the Fund? Click here for more info.

Known to show up unannounced in unlikely places, Carberry has been seen but never verified on campus. Will you spot the elusive man himself? If you do, try to capture him with a photo and share on Twitter or Instagram with #JosiahCarberry.

To share on Facebook, friend Josiah Carberry and tag him in the photo.

Happy Josiah Carberry Day, Happy Friday the 13th, Happy Valentine’s Day, and happy hunting for Carberry!