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Archive for March, 2010

Resources on World Fairs

Posted by Dominique Coulombe on March 31, 2010

New additions to the digital project “Paris, Capital of the 19th Century” include a rich collection of images of World Fairs held in Paris from 1867 til 1900.  To find these, search under the term “World Fair’ or “Exposition universelle”.  Additional sites on this topic can be found in the resources section.

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Brown University Archives on iTunesU

Posted by Archivist on March 31, 2010

The Brown University Archives has partnered with Public Affairs and University Relations (PAUR) to put video of some films in the Brown University Archives online at Brown on iTunes U.

Video of student life in the 1920’s and 1930’s, newsreels from 1955-1961, football games, and the “Life and Dimes of Josiah Carberry” are just some of the videos now available.

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Incunable from the German Abbey of Ebstorf

Posted by William S. Monroe on March 31, 2010

Annmary Brown 157, a Sammelband that belonged to the German Abbey of Ebstorf, contains two different imprints, one from Louvain, and another from Leipzig.  In addition, the book, in its original binding, has parchment pastedowns that contain parts of a manuscript of Aristotle’s Prior Analytics.  Ebstorf was a monastery for women, most famous for the Ebstorf worldmap which it used to house.  That map was, unfortunately, destroyed in 1943, but some life-size reproductions were made in 1891, one of which hangs in the historical museum in Luneburg.

The front cover.

Front pastedown — Aristotle’s Prior Analytics


Rear pastedown — Aristotle’s Prior Analytics


For more information on the Ebstorfer Weltkarte, see:

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ASKB Fellow

Posted by Peter Harrington on March 31, 2010

Mr. Ron Field of Gloucestershire, England, will be spending a week in the military collection in mid-April examining material on the American Civil War. Ron is a recognized authority on the uniforms of the Civil War, and his most recent book, Bluejackets, dealt with the uniforms of the Union navy between 1861 and 1865. During his time in the military collection, he will examine the Todd albums on northern states during the war as he has been commissioned by Schiffer to write a book on the early uniforms of the Union army.

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“Windows into Early Science and Craft” Exhibit 3/12-4/5 John Hay Library

Posted by Sarah E. Bordac on March 31, 2010

Curated by Dr. Elaheh Kheirandish, Harvard University

Main Gallery, John Hay Library
20 Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
Open to the Public
March 12 – April 5, 2010

This exhibit presents the subject of early science and craft through a selection of Persian manuscripts from the Minassian Collection, a rich treasury of artistic and textual items donated to Brown University by Adrienne Minassian, the daughter of Kirkor Minassian, the active art collector and dealer of Central Asian origin. Two themes predominate in the selections: the science of the stars and the technology and craft of warfare. In this they mirror several of the other major collections of the John Hay Library dealing with the history of science and the military. Here we see these themes examined in the context of medieval Persian book arts with its traditions of manuscript calligraphy and miniature paintings. The display includes a number of folios from the famous Persian epic, the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, also known as the “Book of Kings.”

The cataloging of the Minassian manuscripts was undertaken in 1999 by the present curator of this exhibit in collaboration with the late Professor David Pingree of Brown University as part of a project sponsored by the American Committee for South Asian Manuscripts (ACSAM). This exhibit is the first display of any part of the vast and rich Persian manuscript collection, and is presented in conjunction with courses in Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies. Several of the contributors to text of the exhibit are by area students.

For more on the Minassian collection and its collection of Persian, Indian and Moghul miniatures see:

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