Exhibit | “Trash of the Veriest Sort”: Challenges to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Mark Twain published Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in the United States in 1885 to mostly — but not entirely — favorable reviews. While the nature of the criticism has changed, there has always been controversy surrounding the book. This exhibit offers a look at how that criticism has changed from publication through the present.

Dates: October 16 – December 18, 2015
Time: Rockefeller Library Hours
Location: Lobby Cases, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | Garland of Flowers

Poster for ExhibitGarland of Flowers (a selection of medieval manuscripts from the University collections) will be on exhibit at the Annmary Brown Memorial (21 Brown Street Providence RI) from Thursday evening April 9 through Commencement weekend.

The exhibit displays about two dozen manuscript books, letters, and fragments from the collections in the University Library. These artifacts date from the late 11th to the early 16th centuries, and include original letters of Sixtus IV, and two Spanish kings, as well as a small breviary made for a German nun, and illuminated leaves from a Neapolitan Antiphonal.

The exhibit opens Thursday evening April 9 in conjunction with a talk sponsored by the Rhode Island Medieval Circle. Lisa Fagin Davis (Brown class of 1988), Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America, will speak about “Medieval Manuscripts on College Hill” at 5:30 pm in the Annmary Brown Memorial.

A reception will follow the talk, and the exhibit will remain through Commencement weekend.

The Annmary Brown Memorial is normally open Monday through Friday, from 1-5 pm.

For more information click here.

Exhibit | Art of the Book

A folding book with hole in the center

Above view of accordion book A new exhibit is on view for Spring 2015 in the tall cases of the Laura and David Finn Reading Room featuring student projects from Lara Henderson’s Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 course “Art of the Book.”

Students in Art of the Book (VISA1240) examine the book, structurally and conceptually, as artist’s medium. Students learned the materials, tools and techniques of making books, as they explored the expressive and narrative possibilities of the book form.

Date:  February 27 — April 27, 2015
Location: Finn Reading Room Cases (Rockefeller Library)

Exhibit | In Flanders Fields

Poem: In Flander's Fields

Source: Brown Digital Repository


Source: Brown Digital Repository

The Orwig Music Library’s new exhibit—In Flanders Fields: A Poetic and Musical Symbol of the ‘War to End All Wars’—draws on the collections of the Orwig Music Library, the John Hay Library, and personal heirlooms.

These collection pieces explore both the iconic 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields” (by Canadian doctor and officer John McCrae) and a selection of the many musical settings of this poem that were published in the waning years of the war.

Although this seemingly-pastoral work describes battle and death, it became a rallying point for recruitment of new troops and, in the U.S., the rejection of isolationist policy.

Location: Orwig Music Library
February 10, 2015–May 15, 2015

Waterloo 1815: A Bicentennial Exhibition

Battle of Waterloo Exhibit

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, fought on Sunday, June 18th, 1815 in a village in present-day Belgium. A pivotal moment in history, this battle marked the end of both the Napoleonic Empire and France’s domination of Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Waterloo was the closing event of more than a quarter century of global conflict from the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, ushering in nearly fifty years of peacetime in Europe. The decisive battle has maintained a prominent place in public consciousness long after the final moments of combat.

This exhibition, drawn from The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, visualizes the history of this momentous event. It covers the major actors, precursory battles, public reactions, tourism and commemorations, as well as the details of the battle itself and its grim aftermath. The items on display range from texts and images that are contemporary with the battle to those created as retrospectives.

Location: Hay Exhibition Gallery
Dates: February 16th, 2015 – May 25th, 2015

Lecture | Making a Campus on College Hill | Rob Emlen

robemlen Rob Emlen is the University Curator. He will be giving a lecture on November 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the John Hay Library. The lecture is titled: Making a Campus on College Hill: Sacrificing an Historic Neighborhood to Build a Better College

This lecture is part of series at the John Hay Library celebrating the University’s 250-year history. All the lectures in the series highlight the University Archives’ “Elements of Tradition and Change” exhibit.

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Pop-Up Culture: Juxtapositions from the John Hay Library


Pop-Up Culture draws on the extensive and varied collections at the John Hay Library. Starting with a selection of poetic works activated and projected through three-dimensional representation—or pop-up books—the exhibition proposes a range of comparisons including the literal (octopus to octopus), the genealogical (Brooklyn ferry to Brooklyn Bridge), and the meditative (mapping and being). Each work represents a point of discovery within the expansive network of resources that support the intellectual and creative work of the University.

Location: Finn Room Cases (Rockefeller Library)
Date: October 2014–January 9, 2015

contact: Christopher Geissler

Lecture | Ted Widmer, “Brown’s DNA”

Please join the John Hay Library as we celebrate the University’s 250-year history with a lecture series by Brown faculty and staff that highlights themes from the University Archives’ “Elements of Tradition and Change” exhibit.

The first lecture will be given by historian Ted Widmer entitled “Brown’s DNA”.  The lecture will incorporate aspects of Brown’s history Dr. Widmer has encountered during research for his history of Brown University.  He currently serves as Assistant to the President at the University.

Dr. Widmer is widely published on topics in American history and politics. His first book, Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City, was the recipient of the 2001 Washington Irving Literary Medal. He is the author of Martin Van Buren and Ark of the Liberties: America and the World and co-author of Campaigns: A Century of Presidential Races.  Widmer earned a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization, an A.M. in history, and an A.B. in the history and literature of France and America from Harvard University.



Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library

Speakers: Ted Widmer, Assistant to the President: “Brown’s DNA”


Lecture Series | Elements of Tradition and Change: Brown University’s First 250 Years

The John Hay Library celebrates the University’s 250-year history with a lecture series by Brown faculty and staff that highlights themes from the University Archives’ “Elements of Tradition and Change” exhibit.  All of the lectures will be in the Lownes Room, John Hay Library at 5:30 pm:

Ted Widmer, Assistant to the President: “Brown’s DNA”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rob Emlen, University Curator: “Making a Campus on College Hill: Sacrificing an Historic Neighborhood to Build a Better College”
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beth Taylor, Senior Lecturer in English: “Letters Home: Brown Alumni at War”
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Luther Spoehr, Senior Lecturer in Education: “Wayland and Magaziner and (Much) More: The Brown Curriculum through the Years”
Thursday, December 4, 2014 (rescheduled)

Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library
Time: 5:30 pm

Explore Social Sciences Data Resources at the Social Sciences Data Fair (October 8)


The Library is hosting a Social Sciences Data Fair on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come learn about the wide variety of social sciences data and software tools available for your research, and discover how to get the most out of them by dropping by one of our trainings and demonstrations. Enter a raffle to win prizes! Refreshments and light lunch will be served. No registration necessary.

Training sessions from vendors in attendance will include:

  • Geographic Research, makers of SimplyMap
  • QSR  International for NVivo Software
  • The Roper Center
  • Oxford Economics
  • ICPSR – Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

Schedule of Events

(10 a.m.—4 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab and the Hecker Center both on the main level of the Rockefeller Library)

Digital Scholarship Lab: (All day)
Please walk in! Social sciences librarians and some of our vendors will be available all day in the Digital Scholarship Lab to answer questions and provide assistance.

  • 10 a.m. Open the doors and introduction by Bruce Boucek
  • 3:45 p.m. Raffle drawing for Amazon Gift cards courtesy of Geographic Research, the makers of SimplyMap.

Hecker Center:

  • 10:30 a.m. Presentation by QSR International: Introduction to NVivo
  • 11:00 a.m. SimplyMap Introduction
  • 11:30 a.m. Social Sciences Data at Brown an Introduction (Bruce)
  • 12:00 p.m. ICPSR Webinar “Meeting Federal Data Sharing Requirements Now and Into the Future”
  • 1:00 p.m. SimplyMap Introduction (afternoon repeat)
  • 1:30 p.m. Presentation by QSR International: Introduction to NVivo (afternoon repeat)
  • 2:00 p.m. Roper—an introduction
  • 2:30 p.m. Oxford Economics webinar: An Introduction to the Tools
  • 3:00 p.m. Public-Access Data Sharing at ICPSR: Update on the State of open ICPSR
  • 3:45 p.m. Raffle for Amazon Gift cards courtesy of Geographic Research, the makers of SimplyMap. We will be raffling 2 gift cards, one in the amount of $75.00 and the other in the amount of $50.00.

We will have coffee and snacks in the morning and a light lunch at noon.

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 8
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Rockefeller Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab & Hecker Training Center