JHL Conservation Bulletin | March 2017

JHL Conservation Bulletin

A quarterly installment highlighting Library Conservation in the Brown University community, conservation news around the internet, and ways for you to connect with conservation.

Book and paper conservation

Bridging technologies of the book has come to mean something more to binders and conservators than tracing the archaeology of medieval binding structures. More often than not, these same craft practitioners are more open minded and curious about emerging trends in information delivery because they have been studying these trends in depth their entire careers. And with continued interest and the support of collaborative research centers, book technology continues to evolve.

In house treatment at the Hay

The era of hybrid Greek-style bindings reminds us that temporal and regional binding technologies are standard, particular, and ultimately recognizable. Rare MS Greek Codex 2 was damaged and, I suspect, cared for before it found its home at Brown. While it can be argued that much of this manuscript would have been lost without intervention, pressure sensitive tape can be a bear to remove; especially when there are manuscript inks and weakened paper supports involved. We have fancy automobile paint jobs, ultimately- or – originally, to thank for this patch-work.

Find conservation online and in person

The codex is a nearly perfect technology in its inception. At its most basic, it is a self-contained unit combining protection, identification, navigable information, and depending on the circumstances contorts its physicality for portability, showmanship, and ritual. Page supports and media can remain intact even in challenging circumstances, and a single, artful vessel holds endless information. It is a structure that has been and continues to be documented, studied, and (re)/produced. What comes next?


Now that you have met him and seen his work: Gary Frost and the Sewn Boards Binding. Until June, when we mark one year of the JHL Conservation Bulletin!

-Rachel Lapkin, Library Materials Conservator

P.S. ***View links as a list here.

Event | The Holocaust and Human Behavior: Facing History to Build the Future with Roger Brooks

On Friday, March 17, 2017 at noon in the Digital Scholarship Lab of the Rockefeller Library, Roger Brooks, President and CEO of Facing History and Ourselves, will give a talk as part of the Library’s lecture series, The Holocaust: History and Aftermath. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk.

The Holocaust and Human Behavior: Facing History to Build the Future

Theologian and survivor David Weiss Halivni argues that the Holocaust must forever remain an event without an explanation. “Why did the Shoah happen?” he argues, is an affront to God, and any answer is “a justification that almost smacks of participation.” Still, 40 years ago Facing History and Ourselves created a curriculum in Holocaust education designed to make meaning of the events, through rigorous study of mass murder, its causes, and the society that produced it; and through carefully honing students’ historical perspective. The special insight was that deep historical study, combined with careful reflection on identity and belonging, could help students nurture their own ongoing sense of responsibility to society. These organizational insights are found in a newly revised resource volume, Holocaust and Human Behavior, which undergirds a broader arc for understanding contemporary racism, bigotry, and prejudice upon on understanding antisemitism and the Holocaust.

Roger Brooks

Renowned educator, scholar, and leader, Roger Brooks joined Facing History in late 2014, following a long and distinguished tenure at Connecticut College as the Elie Wiesel Professor in the Department of Religious Studies (1991-2014). He also served as Associate Dean of the Faculty (2003-2007) and Dean of the Faculty and Chief Academic Officer (2007-2014). He was named Elie Wiesel Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies at the College in 2015.

Roger is known for his leadership in curricular reform designed to prepare for and respond to the changing landscape of higher education. He developed and implemented new policies for hiring and retention of diverse faculty at Connecticut College, including systematic outreach to graduate schools and individualized retention plans. He also has a longstanding partnership with the Holocaust Education Foundation, which prepares collegiate faculty to teach curriculum related to the Holocaust and genocide. Roger is an expert in early rabbinic culture, particularly in the third- through fifth-century tax codes that emphasized the relationships between incipient rabbinic culture, the Jews, their God, and Roman Imperial power. He is the author or editor of six books and numerous articles, including several volumes of translation and commentary on foundational Jewish texts.

Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Times: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

2017 Library Innovation Prize

3D Printed Model of a Protein

The Brown University Library announces a $500 first prize and a $250 second prize for the creation of the most innovative and interesting 3D color-printed model. The theme for this year’s prize is the Brown University campus. Contestants must be currently enrolled Brown graduate or undergraduate students.

For more information and complete list of rules, please click here to visit the Innovation Prize website.

Students participating in the Innovation Prize will use the tools in the Rockefeller Library’s Digital Studio, in particular the ProJet 660Pro 3D printer — the only full-color, gypsum-based 3D printer on campus. Given the capabilities of the printer, we are particularly interested to see models that make use of both dimensionality and color.


Friday, March 10 @ 12 p.m.
Information Meeting 
Rockefeller Library Digital Studio Seminar Room (Rock 160).

Friday, March 24 @ 5 p.m.
Proposals Due
Submit short (~300 words or diagram), initial proposals. Individuals or teams may submit proposals as early as they like. Submit your proposal online.

Friday, March 31 @ 5 p.m.
Proposal Response
A team of Library staff will evaluate all proposals. Applicants will be provided with comments/suggestions on the feasibility, suitability, uniqueness, and/or legal issues of their projects. Note: We do understand that students will be on Spring Break at this time.

Thursday April 13 @ 12 p.m.
Presentation and Judging
Individuals and/or teams will present their 3D prints/models in the Library’s Digital Studio and the models will be judged. Light snacks will be provided.

Friday April 28 @ 12 p.m.
Prizes Awarded
Prize-winning individuals and/or teams will present their 3D prints/models once again in the Library’s Digital Studio and awards will be presented. Light snacks will be provided.

3D Printed Model of a Neuron

Updates from Around the Library | February 2017

The Brown University Library is off and running in 2017.

Here are a few updates:

Nathaniel Philbrick to Receive Library’s Harris Collection Literary Award

Nathaniel Philbrick

On Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, the Brown University Library and Friends of the Library will present the Harris Collection Literary Award to renowned author and historian, Nathaniel Philbrick ’78, P’08. A brief awards ceremony will kick off the event, followed by an interview with Philbrick, led by Associate Professor of History, Linford Fisher. A reception will follow.


Mr. Philbrick is happy to sign books brought to the event at the reception following the interview program. (Books will not be sold at the event.)

Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended Linden Elementary School and Taylor Allderdice High School. He earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978, the same year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI. After working as an editor at Sailing World magazine, he wrote and edited several books about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor, Second Wind, and Yaahting, A Parody.

In 1986, Philbrick moved to Nantucket with his wife Melissa and their two children. In 1994, he published his first book about the island’s history, Away Off Shore, followed by a study of the Nantucket’s native legacy titled Abram’s Eyes. He is the founding director of the Egan Maritime Institute and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association.

In 2000, he published the New York Times bestseller, In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction, followed by Sea of Glory, winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society, and Mayflower, finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction. His writing has also appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, Dateline, PBS’s American Experience, CSPAN, and NPR.

Linford D. Fisher

Linford Fisher is an Associate Professor of History here at Brown. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2008. Professor Fisher’s research and teaching relate primarily to the cultural and religious history of colonial America and the Atlantic world, including Native Americans, religion, material culture, and Indian and African slavery and servitude. He is the author or co-author of two books and over a dozen articles and book chapters, and is currently writing a book on the history of Native American and African enslavement in the English Atlantic world.

Caleb Fiske Harris Collection Literary Award

The Caleb Fiske Harris Collection Literary Award recognizes leaders in the creative community for their outstanding contributions to American literature. Inspired by the love of the arts demonstrated by Caleb Fiske Harris, Brown class of 1838, during his lifetime, the award celebrates the influence of literature in popular culture. Please visit the Harris Collection Literary Award website for more information about this exciting event, the Harris Collection Literary Award, and past recipients, George RR Martin and Tom Doherty.

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

The Brown University Library’s Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays is comprised of American and Canadian poetry, plays, and vocal music dating from 1609 to the present. It is perhaps the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind in any research library. The extensive holdings include the works of most American and Canadian poets and playwrights from the 18th century to the present day — from Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe to many less well-known artists.

This event is brought to campus by the Friends of the Brown University Library.


Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Salomon Center for Teaching and Learning, De Ciccio Family Auditorium

Alumni Resources are Currently Unavailable!!

2/27/17: Due to the changeover to the new Alumni/Giving website, Library eresources for Alumni are currently unavailable. We are working to fix the problems and hope to have the eresources up and running very soon. In the near future, we will be adding new eresources as well such as Project Muse, Sage Ejournals, Adam Matthew Digital, CQ Press materials, and the Shoah Visual History Archive.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Events | DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR – Discussions with Artemis Joukowsky


Spend two evenings with author Artemis Joukowsky III P’14, P’16, who tells the incredible story of his grandparents, Martha Ingham Dickie (Brown 1926) and Rev. Waitstill Hastings Sharp in his new book, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War (Beacon Press, 2016), also a film by Ken Burns of the same name.

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Reading Room of the John Hay Library, Artemis Joukowsky and Holly Snyder, Ph.D., Curator of American Historical Collections and North American History Librarian, will discuss how Artemis researched this story, collaborated with Ken Burns and others to develop the film project, and ultimately published a companion book.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Reading Room of the John Hay Library, we will officially close the exhibit related to the book and film, A Hymn for the Brave: The Sharps and Humanitarian Work in World War II. During the discussion, Artemis’ parents Martha Sharp Joukowsky, PhD ’58, PHB’82 hon., LHD’85 hon., P’87, GP’13, GP’14, GP’16, GP’17 and Artie Joukowsky, Jr. ’55, LLD’85 hon., P87, GP’13, GP’14, GP’16, GP’17 will join in via WebEx.

A reception and book-signing will follow the discussions on both nights. Books will be available for sale from the Brown Bookstore. These events are free and open to the public.

Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp leading adults and children to an airplane in Czechoslovakia, 1939.

Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp leading adults and children to an airplane in Czechoslovakia, 1939.

The Sharps, who helped to found the Unitarian Service Committee in the midst of World War II, personally oversaw USC efforts to rescue refugees from dire situations under Nazi occupation in Czechoslovakia and France and helped to save hundreds of lives across Europe. Defying the Nazis supplements the PBS documentary of the same name, co-produced by Joukowsky with Ken Burns, and which premiered on PBS stations in September 2016. Joukowsky’s book fleshes out the Sharps’ story in ways that simply could not be done within the boundaries of a 90 minute film.

Artemis has been researching the wartime efforts of his grandparents since he was a teenager, and over the past four decades has compiled important documentation about their work with refugees and its ultimate costs on their marriage and family. This is a story of simple people finding strength they had no idea they possessed. It is a story of individuals standing up to unthinkable evil. It is a story that contains both the twists and turns of a classic spy thriller, as well as the heartbreaks and triumphs of the most compelling drama. And, above all, Defying the Nazis is a tragic love story—a story of what one man and one woman could accomplish together, and how those very achievements pulled them apart.


Children’s Journey to Freedom : A Report by Martha Sharp of the First Children’s Emigration Project, Unitarian Service Committee, 1941

Dates: Tuesday, February 21 and Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m., both nights
Location: Special Collections Reading Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence, RI

Event | “Retooling the Monograph: The Manifold Scholarship Project” with Matthew Gold and Douglas Armato

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Matthew K. Gold and Douglas Armato will discuss “Retooling the Monograph: The Manifold Scholarship Project.” A reception will follow the talk. The event is free and open to the public.

Retooling the Monograph: The Manifold Scholarship Project

How can we integrate today’s sprawling landscape of scholarly communication, stretching as it does from print monographs to ebooks to online journals to digital humanities projects to social media posts? How can scholarly communication reflect the way scholars increasingly work: collaborating on projects, sharing texts as they evolve, and creating digital archives of related resources?  Focusing on such challenges, the Co-PI’s of the Mellon Foundation-funded Manifold Scholarship project will discuss the concept, development, and upcoming launch of their networked, iterative publishing platform, which seeks to “transform scholarly publications into living digital works.”

Related events on March 1:

Gold will also discuss “Digital Humanities Pedagogy” at the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. His presentation will begin at 2 p.m. and will cover the philosophy and praxis of digital teaching in the humanities and related social sciences. Please see the Sheridan Center’s website to learn more or register to attend the talk.

Additionally, Armato will discuss “How to Pitch Your Book” with graduate students at
4 p.m. in the new Wernig Graduate Student Reading Room at the Rockefeller Library. The informal and informative conversation will take place in the seminar space (Room 219) and will cover when to approach a press, what you should have for the pitch, and what you should NEVER EVER do. Space is limited, so register for the conversation today.

Matthew K. Gold

Matthew K. Gold

Matthew K. Gold is Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he holds teaching appointments in the Ph.D. Program in English, the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies, and the doctoral certificate programs in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and American Studies. He serves as Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, Director of the CUNY Academic Commons, and Director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab. He edited Debates in the Digital Humanities (Minnesota, 2012) and, with Lauren F. Klein (with whom he is co- editor of the Debates in the Digital Humanities book series), recently co-edited Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016.

His collaborative digital humanities projects include Manifold Scholarship, Commons In A Box, Looking for Whitman, DH Box, and Social Paper. He is Vice President/President-Elect of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Douglas Armato

Douglas Armato

Douglas Armato is Director of the University of Minnesota Press, where he also acquires books in philosophy, social theory, and digital media and culture. In a thirty-six year career in scholarly publishing, he has also worked at Columbia University Press, Basic Books, Louisiana State University Press, the University of Georgia Press, and the Johns Hopkins University Press. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of American University Presses and was also that organization’s President in 2005-2006. He was also a member of the steering committees of University Press Content Consortium and the Books at JSTOR initiative. In 2005, in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, he formulated the Mellon Foundation-funded Quadrant Initiative for collaborative scholarly research and publication. He is currently co-PI (with Matthew K. Gold) on a Mellon Foundation Grant to develop Manifold Scholarship, an online platform for networked, iterative scholarship. He has spoken widely on issues of scholarly communication and is often quoted in local and national media stories on scholarly publishing.

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library; Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Sciences Library; Wernig Graduate Student Reading Room, Second Floor, Rockefeller Library

Exhibit | WWII Japanese Incarceration Swing Bands

WWII Japanese Incarceration Swing Bands, a new exhibit in Orwig Music Library curated by Ethnomusicology PhD student Julian Saporiti, shines a light on the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese American Incarceration. On February 19th, 1942, President Roosevelt bowed to racist, anti-Japanese hysteria and signed Executive Order 9066 which removed 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were citizens, from their homes on the west coast. They were relocated to concentration camps, under armed guard and behind barbed wire.

The exhibit also pays tribute to the musicians who, of their own accord, formed swing bands and performed at weekly dances in almost all of the ten camps to boost morale among the young people in the camps. The Brown Music Department hopes that by focusing on this tragic and sadly relevant part of our American history, those who visit this exhibit to will be encouraged to heed the words of many of those who lived through it: “Do not let this happen again.”

Dates: February 19 – May 19, 2017
Time: Orwig Music Library Hours
Location: Orwig Music Library, 1 Orchard Avenue, Providence, RI