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4th Week of March 2023

March 26th, 2023

Fabulous Flutes

The Madison crystal flute played in concert by Lizzo last year is just one piece of the nearly 1700 woodwind instruments in LC’s Dayton C. Miller Collection.

Lizzo playing the Madison flute


Students Propose New Diverse and Inclusive Acquisitions in Notre Dame RBSC

Last fall, students in the multi-disciplinary class, Stories of Power and Diversity: Inside Museums, Archives, and Collecting, created acquisition proposals for Hesburgh Libraries.

Two 1968 Dick Gregory for President pins


Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Reveals Identities of Hundreds of People in Early 19th-Century Silhouette Album

Portrait Gallery Research and Conservation Project Used Getty Grant To Create a Microsite Featuring 1,800 Paper Silhouettes From Political Elite to Everyday People

Digital image viewer showing a page of silhouettes including George Washington


Posters With a WOW Factor

Posters depicting World War II “Woman Ordnance Workers” show them wearing a red bandana with a pattern representing hand grenades.

The Girl He Left Behind” Is Still Behind Him–She’s a WOW. Poster by Adolph Treidler, 1943.


The Morgan Library Rejoiced When It Saw This Photo from the Amherst Archives

It is the oldest known image of Belle da Costa Greene, perhaps the most celebrated librarian of her time.

Greene in a 1900 group photo at Amherst College's library school


3rd Week of March 2023

March 19th, 2023

Frances Clayton and the Women Soldiers of the Civil War

Clayton was reputed to be able to pass as a male soldier in part because of her enjoyment of “manly vices” such as drinking, smoking, swearing, and gambling.

Francis Clayton in military uniform


Classics Illustrated Comics at Falvey Library

Great works of literature like you’ve never seen them before!

Cover of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


Experimenting with Print

Radiocarbon dating confirms an 18th century origin for a woodblock long thought to be centuries older.

Woodblock depicting two scenes from the blockbook Apocalypse cycle,


Modern Books and Manuscripts and the Reese Sale

Houghton added six items to its incomparable Melville collection at the sale.

Melville’s note to George Putnam, May 1854


Note, Gentle Reader

A heavily annotated copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle.

Annotations around an image of Cleopatra