Library staff recommendation: Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations From the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations From the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art
by Liza Kirwin, foreword by John W. Smith

This is a book of lists, that is, reproductions of documents found in the collections of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. The concept of the list is broadly defined, so what is selected is not limited to words. A Leo Castelli to-do list, a Franz Kline liquor store receipt, or the 1954 joint tax return of Elaine and Willem de Kooning offer rare glimpses into artists’ everyday lives. Viewing the original document, you experience the many individual, quirky and unique ways that people organize and display their thoughts. It is both interesting and fun.
The exhibition from this book will be on view at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City from June 3 – October 2. For more information, please visit http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?id=53
Recommended by Mary Louise Castaldi

Library staff recommendation: Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

by Elmore Leonard, illustrated by Joe Ciardiello

Elmore Leonard is considered one of the best contemporary writers, so these important but simple rules shouldn’t be taken lightly. With a direct and precise touch, Leonard gives us a glimpse into his process to see what makes for a good story, and the great writing that accompanies it. Joe Ciardiello’s clever illustrations provide a perfect complement for the rules, matching Leonard’s tone, humor and wit.
Recommended by Mike Sgier.
Mike Sgier

Digital Resource of the Week: Yale Digital Commons

Deer Drinking by Winslow Homer, 1892
Deer Drinking by Winslow Homer, 1892

The Yale Digital Commons has millions of images of objects from their museums, libraries, and archives availably freely online. Because of a new open-access policy, you can currently view a quarter of a million images, with more access to come.

The best way to search the collection is through the Advanced Search option. This lets you immediately limit your results to images freely available. You can also limit to the different Yale University institutions or by collection.

The overall database is extremely diverse. Collections include ancient art, botany, and paintings and sculpture. There are also iTunes playlists of topical lectures and poetry readings. Because new material is continuously being added, bookmark this site and check back often!