October means it’s time for Dracula

The Rosenbach Museum and Library, one of the finest special collection libraries in the world, holds Bram Stoker’s original notes and outlines for his most famous novel, Dracula. Located at 2008-2010 Delancey Street, in a beautiful building (formerly home to the Rosenbachs) just off Rittenhouse Square, the Rosenbach’s Dracula Festival begins October 1. One of the more interesting events will be a talk by Dr. Nina Auerbach, author of Our Vampires, Ourselves, on Thursday, October 16, at 6pm. The Rosenbach does charge an admission fee: $10 for adults, $5 for students.

A still from the film "Nosferatu"
A still from the film "Nosferatu"

Want to see what the UArts Libraries have on vampires? Check out this subject search on vampires, as well as Dracula. Not enough? See what we have on horror films (from this link, click “Limit Search” and then select Material Type to limit to videos/DVDs). If you haven’t seen it yet, you MUST watch the 1922 silent film, Nosferatu, directed by F. W. Murnau. It’s a classic!

Digital Library of the Week: The Work of Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames is 1960, working on an exhibition model
Charles and Ray Eames in 1960, working on an exhibition model

Charles and Ray (born Bernice Alexandra Kaiser) Eames were not only married to one another, but were both devoted to clean, modern design. The two met in the early 1940s at Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan) where Charles was head of the Academy’s Experimental Design Workshop. They married and moved to Los Angeles. There, the couple closely worked together on progressive design in everything from architecture to furniture to film. They believed that good design could transform people’s lives, and they were socially conscious of all their aesthetic and material choices.

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention from the Library of Congress is an online exhibit of the duo’s life and work. There are plenty of photos of the working couple, early designs and sketches, as well as their slide shows; the Eames had hundreds of slides that they used in lectures, providing insight into what shapes, forms, and textures inspired their work.

Want to learn more about the awesome Eameses? Search the UArts Libraries catalog by subject for Eames. You can read their biographies in Design ProFILES (part of designinform) and Oxford Art Online, and you’ll also want to check out their films.

Fall ’10 library tours are over! Watch for spring tours

Our Fall 2010 schedule of library tours has ended. 21 students turned out for a total of 24 tour-takers (some came to both the Greenfield Library tour and the Music Library tour). The students who made time to fit a library tour into their schedule all gave positive feedback; here are just a few remarks about what they learned from their tour:

Learned a lot – so many resources I didn’t know about & now will most definitely use! Thanks.

This is better than NetFlix!

Just a few of the almost 900 DVDs in Greenfield
Just a few of the almost 900 DVDs in Greenfield

All about the Music Library – GREAT INFO! Thanks, Mark!!! [that’s Mark Germer, our music librarian]

A student browsing the UArts Music Library
A student browsing the UArts Music Library

Really helpful. I learned that there is a lot you can do on the website, like renew books.

How to look for books; the site; vast collection.

A lot of great resources, and a cool vault!

Awesome vault, Greenfield Library lower level
Awesome vault, Greenfield Library lower level

The library has a lot of resources & books just for ME!

Amazing, so glad I came. Ebooks are great! [no doubt this person is even gladder now since she was one of the drawing winners]

I love the layout of the library! I’ve learned a bit about the library’s history, plus it’s very interesting and handy for future research.

Greenfield Library
Greenfield Library

Cool periodicals vault; [heart] the basement – quiet area!; new Blu-Ray player – neat!

This is the best library ever. I wouldn’t make it up – someone said that!

Watch your UArts e-mail for our next round of tours in the Spring 2011 semester.

Digital Library of the Week: Lewis Wicks Hine: Documentary Photography

Because of the Labor Day weekend, let’s take a look at one of the great social documentary photographers. The digital collection Lewis Wicks Hine: Documentary Photography, 1905-1938, has over 500 of his photographs. His early twentieth century photographs capture the living and working conditions of America’s rising labor class. As a teacher at the Ethical Culture School (now the Ethical Culture Fieldston School) in New York City, he was especially concerned with child welfare and many of his photos reflect this. He hoped his images would lead city officials to provide better living and working situations for these immigrant families.

Regulating the Big Wheel in a Tire Factory (1917-1931)
Regulating the Big Wheel in a Tire Factory (1917-1931)

In the 1920s, Hines believed new technology would lift some of the hard-work burden from the workers. He created a series of photographs he called “Work Portraits.” They depict a man and the machine, working together in harmony. The most famous of these photographs are ones depicting the construction of the Empire State Building during the early 1930s.

His book, Men at Work, illustrates Hines’ dedication to the manual and machine labor of his era (don’t fret ladies – he also published a Women at Work!). We have many books on Hine and his photography. Search the library catalog for Hine, Lewis Wicks as the author. Enjoy your Labor Day!

Cabinets of Curiosities: Selections from the University Libraries Special Collections

The Special Collections of the University Libraries contain some unique and eclectic items. These range from an Imperial Court Robe to theatre costume illustration to artists’ books. Acquired over two centuries, the contents of these collections, a sampling of which will be featured in this exhibition, offer a glimpse into the history of the school. The Essentials of Perspective, a textbook written by Leslie W. Miller, the first principal of the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art, is on display, as is Floricultural Cabinet, an example of a mid-19th century magazine used at a time when plant analysis was taught.

Thru October 15 in the President’s Office gallery – 320 South Broad Street


Digital Library of the Week: Historical Book Arts

If you haven’t already heard, the University Libraries’ Special Collections exhibition, Cabinets of Curiosities, opens this week in the Office of the President in Hamilton Hall. Featuring some of the rare and more unusual books and ephemera in our collection, I wanted to share with you a wonderful digital collection on the history of the book.

an example of decorative leather binding
an example of decorative leather binding

The Historical Book Arts digital collection from the University of Washington is an excellent site for learning all about books and their history. Using items in their Special Collections, the digital collection includes examples of books and manuscripts from the 11th to 19th centuries. Images of bindings, printing techniques, and decorative paper provide illustration for the different skills and materials needed to create a book – a time consuming and technically difficult process!

To learn more about book arts, search the UArts Libraries’ catalog by subject for bookbinding, book design, or artists’ books. We also have a terrific subject guide on book arts. Stop by the exhibition to view some wonderful gems within our collection and then stop by the libraries to see the whole collection for yourself!

Library Staff Book Recommendation: An Exaltation of Larks, or The Venereal Game

Casey Murphy
Casey Murphy

Casey from the Greenfield Library recommends:

An Exaltation of Larks, or The Venereal Game
by James Lipton
427 L66 (Find it in the Greenfield Open Stacks)

An Exaltation of Larks is a celebration of language. Lipton (famous host of Inside the Actor’s Studio) researched venereal terms back to the fifteenth century, and has composed a few of his own. The text is paired with beautiful engravings by Durer and Granville, among others, and it’s simply great fun for word and list lovers alike!

Library Staff Book Recommendation: Krazy Kat – The Comic Art of George Herriman

Mike Sgier
Mike Sgier

Mike from the Greenfield Library recommends:

Krazy Kat – The Comic Art of George Herriman
by Patrick McDonnell, Karen O’Connell, and Georgia Riley de Havenon
741.5 H435k (Find in in the Greenfield Open Stacks)

Krazy Kat begins with a simple love triangle: cat loves mouse, mouse hates cat, and dog hates mouse and protects the cat. But the artist George Herriman found innumberable permutations to express this relationship, creating comics with these characters and other residents of Coconino County from 1913-1944. Krazy Kat is now recognized as a masterpiece of the comic form, with Herriman’s Sunday pages standing out for their novel use of design, color, and language. This book provides an assortment of the daily and Sunday strips from the comic, as well as an in-depth look at Herriman’s life.

To read more about the residents of Coconino County, take a look at Krazy & Ignatz: Shifting Sands Dusts its Cheeks in Powdered Beauty, 741.5 H435kr 2006 in the Greenfield Open Stacks.

Library Staff Book Recommendation: Sue Johnson: The Alternate Encyclopedia

Shannon Robinson
Shannon Robinson

Shannon from Greenfield Library recommends:

Sue Johnson: The Alternate Encyclopedia
published by the Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota – Duluth
709.24 J637t (Find it in Greenfield Open Stacks)

Sue Johnson’s work is part traditional art and part exhibition design. She blends her paintings and prints with found objects and museum displays, creating new meanings for both her original work and the found objects. Johnson is interested in how we organize and exhibit nature – and how we desperately try to remove ourselves from nature. In the end, though, she always finds us in the natural world with wonderful touches of humor.

To see more of Johnson’s work, search the library catalog for Johnson, Sue as author.