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!