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Focus on Special Collections: Archives & Artifacts

Posted by Jennifer Betts on March 21, 2011

Learn about the University Archives’ diverse collection of museum objects and how it supplements the printed record.

Join University Archives staff to enjoy a tangible glimpse of the lives of students, alumni, and faculty.

March 22, 2011, at noon
Lownes Room, John Hay Library

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Dr. Vartan Gregorian on "Information and Knowledge in an Age of Technology", 3/17 at 4 pm, Sayles Hall

Posted by Jennifer Betts on March 14, 2011

Dr. Vartan Gregorian
"Information and Knowledge in an Age of Technology"

Introduction by President Ruth J. Simmons

Reception to follow at the John Hay Library

Thursday, March 17, 2011
4 PM
Sayles Hall, Brown University

In honor of the centennial celebration of the John Hay Library, Dr. Vartan Gregorian will address “Information and Knowledge in an Age of Technology.” See Press Release for more information.

Since 1997, Vartan Gregorian has served as the twelfth president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He was president of Brown University from 1989 to 1997, and president of the New York Public Library from 1981 to 1989.

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Focus on Special Collections: Euclid’s Elements

Posted by Ann Morgan Dodge on November 11, 2010

Euclid’s Elements, composed 2400 years ago, is among the most ancient of Greek mathematical treatises and one of the first to be printed using movable type.  Complete with illustrations and diagrams, it has been considered an essential component of educational curricula for centuries.  At noon, on November 16, 2010, come to the Lownes Room in the John Hay Library to learn more about the history of the most influential textbook ever written.

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Haitian Masks on display at the John Hay

Posted by Ann Morgan Dodge on November 10, 2010

Didier Civil’s papier-mache masks are on display at the John Hay Library November 10 – 12, 2010.  This exhibit is held in conjunction with the Haitian Studies Association Conference which will take place at Brown Nov. 10-13. Born in Jacmel, Haiti, where Carnival masks are part of a long tradition, Didier Civil represents Haitian cultural themes and voodoo subjects in his paintings and his masks. This year, his work was invited to lead the Halloween parade in Manhattan. Additional information can be found at Didier Civil‘s website.

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Melton Prior (1845-1910) Exhibit

Posted by Peter Harrington on September 9, 2010

Melton Prior was one of the leading special artists in late Victorian Britain. He worked for the Illustrated London News from the early 1870’s until 1904 covering many events around the world especially wars. Having an ability to quickly sketch the scenes before him, his drawings were sent back to London where they were engraved on wood-blocks for printing in the Saturday issues of the ILN. From his first work covering the war in Ashanti, West Africa, in 1873, he went on to cover conflicts in Egypt, Sudan, Somaliland, South Africa, Crete, Turkey, and Manchuria. Prior also traveled on a number of Royal tours including accompanying the Prince of Wales to Canada in 1901.

The current exhibition in the Bopp Seminar Room located on the top floor of the John Hay Library, commemorates the centenary of his death on 2 November 1910, and includes original drawings from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection drawn for the ILN by Prior during various conflicts. An article on the artist written by the curator has also recently been published in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

Prior was one of two major artists employed by the ILN, the other being William Simpson (1823-1899), and the Military Collection owns a number of original works by this Scottish artist as well as manuscript material. Two letters addressed to Simpson have recently been acquired, both relating to Simpson’s time in France during the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-71: a letter from the ILN owner and founder, William Ingram; and one from the chief editor, Mason Jackson.

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Evacuation of Holland, 1793 New Print

Posted by Peter Harrington on September 9, 2010

The Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection recently acquired a rare late 18th century hand-colored British satirical print entitled Evacuation of Holland, or Fire and Water too much for Dumourier.  Published in London by W. Dent in March 1793,  it relates to the evacuation of the Netherlands by the French after the defeat at Neewinden near Liege, Belgium. This was not a fight but the result of an informal armistice on March 1793 between General Dumouriez and the Prince of Coburg.

The image is currently on display in the lobby case situated in the foyer of the John Hay Library.

In this scene British soldiers are feeding three local  men poised on a wall who in turn are defecating  on the French soldiers who are being hit by the ‘missiles’.

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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
Hours

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:
http://dl.lib.brown.edu/minassian/

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