Women’s History Month & BHL: Catherine Cooper Hopley

This featured Biodiversity Heritage Library book, contributed by the Ernst Mayer Library at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, is from the nineteenth century author Catherine Cooper Hopley. Hopley not only wrote educational children's books on reptiles and amphibians but also penned the series "Life in the South", an account of society and culture in the American south after the Civil War. Find books by Catherine Cooper Hopley in SIL collections. View more books by Hopley in the BHL. —Erin Clements Rushing

Women’s History Month: Tallulah Bankhead

Stage and screen actress Tallulah Bankhead is one of many Hollywood personalities featured in the Libraries' Celebrity Caricature: In the late 1990's the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery Library (AA/PG Library) made a special effort to collect materials on caricature and cartoon in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 1998 exhibition Celebrity Caricature in America, curated by Wendy Wick Reaves. Among our holdings are more than 80 issues of Vanity Fair, as well as the Raymond W. Smith Collection of Caricature and Cartoon Books of over 500 items. Displayed here is just a small sample from our collection, featuring Al Hirschfeld, Miguel Covarrubias, some of their contemporaries, and works from Vanity Fair. "Tallulah Bankhead flew through the air with the greatest of ease in Midgie Purvis, 1961"Al Hirschfeld, 1961, Ink drawing, The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld, New York: Braziller, 1961. Although Mary Chase's Midgie Purvis only ran for 21 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York (February 1-18, 1961), its star Tallulah more »

Looking for shamrocks?

Why not browse through the Libraries collection of seed catalogs? You just might find that lucky clover… —Elizabeth Periale H. Cannell & Sons, Complete Catalogue of Golden Seeds, 1898

Benjamin Franklin’s Political Arithmetic – 2

A second excerpt from the Libraries' Dibner Library lecture publication, Benjamin Franklin's Political Arithmetic: A Materialist View of Humanity by Joyce E. Chaplin, the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. If you would like to receive the lecture in print, please contact the Dibner Library. If you missed the first installment, or can't wait for the next one, you may also view the PDF. Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, Œuvres de M. Franklin, Docteur des loix…, 1773 Benjamin Franklin's Political Arithmetic: A Materialist View of Humanity by Joyce E. Chaplin All in all, Franklin gave the impression that he considered men and women to be comparable to animals, as creatures endowed only with sensate bodies, not moral souls. Indeed, he stated that "every Creature must be equally esteem'd by the Creator." That was deeply repellent to most of his contemporaries, and the fact that Franklin assaulted conventional arguments for the immortality of the soul and the likelihood of an afterlife would not have consoled readers who more »

Women’s History Month: Sonia Delaunay

Artist Sonia Delaunay, who is featured in major museum collections in the United States and Europe is one of the artists featured in the Libraries' Vibrant Visions: Pochoir Prints in the The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library: The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library has a rich collection of vibrantly colored illustrated books and periodicals that were created using the pochoir stenciling process. The pochoir process, characterized by its crisp lines and brilliant colors, produces images that have a freshly printed or wet appearance. This display provides a brief history and description of the pochoir process along with select examples of pochoir images from the library's collection that illustrate costume, interior, and pattern designs produced in France from 1900 through the 1930s. Pochoir plates were regularly used in French fashion journals, such as Le Jardin des Dames et des Modes and the Gazette du Bon Ton: arts, modes & frivolités, created by well-known artists such as George Barbier, to illustrate costume styles and set the tone for haute couture in the more »

Let’s go to the zoo

As the weather gets warmer, many people are going to the zoo. As you make your plans, why not take a virtual zoo tour courtesy of the Libraries, via Zoos: A Historical Perspective? —Elizabeth Periale  

Women’s History Month: Agnes Mary Clerke

Astronomer Agnes Mary Clerke is just one of the many portraits to be found in the Libraries' Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology: Agnes Mary Clerke (1842 – 1907) The scientific portrait collection in the Dibner Library was assembled by Bern Dibner, who obtained most of the portraits during the 1940s from print dealers in Boston, London, and Paris. By 1950 he had about two thousand images and arranged them into ten scientific subdivisions: Botany, Chemistry, Electricity, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Physics, Technology, and Zoology. The portraits are of various types: woodcuts, copper and steel engravings, mezzotints, lithographs, oil paintings, and photographs. Many of them are images that were printed as separate items, used as gifts to send to colleagues and admirers. The exchange of portraits among scientists in the eighteenth century became a very popular form of correspondence. A number of prints also served as frontispieces of books and, unfortunately, a few of the prints in the collection had originally been more »

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