Archive for the ‘Schlesinger Library’ Category

A draft of a title page of Hodges’ book, The Three Princes of Serendip, which can be found in the Elizabeth Jamison Hodges Papers in the Cambridge Room.

We are pleased to announce that the Elizabeth Jamison Hodges Papers, 1908-1999 are now available for research.

Elizabeth Jamison Hodges was born in Atlanta, Ga. in 1908 to William Lemmon Hodges and Elizabeth Jamison Hodges (1884-1980), the oldest of three children. Schooled in the Boston and New York areas, she graduated from Radcliffe College (A.B. 1931) and Simmons College (B.S. 1937). She was a librarian at the Boston Public Library (1937-1941), the Detroit Public Library (1941-1943), and at public libraries in Arlington, Watertown, Leominster, and Belmont, Mass. After World War II, following in her father’s footsteps (who was a major in the army), she was the Command Librarian for the Third Army in Germany, establishing libraries for American occupation troops. In the 1960s she travelled to Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) to collect material for two of her children’s books: The Three Princes of Serendip (New York 1964, illustrated by Joan Berg) and Serendipity Tales (New York, 1966, illustrated by June Atkin Corwin). She published two other children’s books: A Song for Gilgamesh (New York, 1971, illustrated by David Omar White), and Free as a Frog (New York, 1971, illustrated by Paul Giovanopoulos). She was also a New York Times Children’s book reviewer. She taught creative writing at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement for 20 years. She died on October 21, 1999 in New London, NH.




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Today is a special day in Cambridge – it’s Julia Child’s centennial!   There are several articles in the New York Times, celebrating her birth.  “The Gifts She Gaveis about Child’s most popular recipes still used today.  “Memories of a Friend, Sidekick, and Foil” is chef Jacques Pépin’s story of Julia.  Her obituary is also prominently featured:  “The French Chef for a Jello-O Nation.”

If you want to explore Julia’s kitchen (which was donated to the Smithsonian), check out this great site:  http://americanhistory.si.edu/juliachild/

If you want to dig deeper into the life of Julia Child, explore the Schlesinger Library’s special online exhibit in honor of her centennial.  (The Schlesinger has her papers!)  Radcliffe is also hosting a one-day symposium on Julia on September 21. It looks fantastic!

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This July, Cambridge, Mass., residents and visitors will be given a rare opportunity—the chance to see inside nine different archives. The third annual Open Archives Tour will feature tours of private, City, and Harvard University archives on three separate days. This year, the event’s theme is Cambridge in the 1860s, and each archive will delve into its collections to display related materials, including rarely seen photographs and new research.

“This is a unique opportunity to see some of the rare items from our collections, see the spaces where our archivists process this material, and talk to the professionals who have a deep and passionate understanding of this history,” said Gavin W. Kleespies of the Cambridge Historical Society. Alyssa Pacy of the Cambridge Room at the Public Library added, “Cambridge is a really unusual city in terms of the number of organizations that are collecting and holding archival material, and this is an amazing chance to peek behind the scenes in nine of these institutions.”

The following institutions will participate:

Cambridge City Clerk’s Office
Cambridge Historical Commission
Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge Public Library
Harvard University Archives
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Schlesinger Library, Harvard University

For additional information, please visit www.cambridgearchives.org

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1860-1935.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s birth, the Schlesinger Library has digitized its world-renowned collection of her papers.  The Schlesinger library is the primary repository for the papers of Gilman, 20th Century American feminist and author.  Gilman’s papers, which were donated by her daughter, Katharine Beecher Stetson Chamberlin, 40 years ago, consists of personal materials (such as family correspondence), professional materials (such as manuscripts of plays, speeches, and poems), drawings and illustrations, photographs, diaries, and newspaper clippings.  The digitized materials can be viewed here:  http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/findingAidDisplay?_collection=oasis&inoid=5106.  Please note, that you must scroll down to the “Inventory” section.

The Schlesinger Library has curated a free exhibition titled, From Woman to Human:  The Life and Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, that includes numerous photographs, letters, examples of her artwork, and books she read. The exhibit is on view through February 23, 2011, on the first floor of the library during regular library hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Read more about Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the Gilman digital project, and the exhibition here:  http://www.radcliffe.edu/schles/charlotte_perkins_gilman.aspx.

One of the digital images from the Gilman Papers, “Charlotte’s Hair, cut off April 16, 1863”.

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Original photo by Horia Varlan

For all you book lovers out there, this free conference looks great.

When:  Thursday, October 28, 2010–Friday, October 29, 2010.

Who can Attend:  This event is free and open to the public.

Description:  “Why Books?” probes the form and function of the book in a rapidly changing media ecology. Speakers from a variety of disciplines—literature and history to sociology and computer science—will discuss the public-policy implications of new media forms and will explore some of the major functions that we identify with books today: production and diffusion; storage and retrieval; and reception and use.

For more information, http://www.radcliffe.edu/events/calendar_2010books.aspx.

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