Harvard College Library
Houghton Library acquired the John Updike Archive, an extraordinary collection of manuscripts, correspondence, books, photographs, artwork, and other papers. Although portions of the archive were given to the library during Updike's lifetime and have been available for research at Houghton since 1970, they represented only a small fraction of the full collection. For decades Updike also deposited papers, including manuscripts, correspondence, research files, and even golf score cards in the library. Because the material was only on deposit at Houghton, it was available only with the author's permission and was not integrated with the material the library owned. Now complete, the archive forms the definitive collection of Updike material and will make Houghton the center for study on the author's life and work. Totaling some 380 linear feet, and including manuscripts, letters received, drawings, photographs, a virtually complete collection of Updike's publications in all languages, and annotated books from his library, it is one of the largest single-author collections in the library. Cataloging the newly acquired material is one of the library's highest priorities, and the archive will soon be fully accessible.
In addition to the Updike Archive, Houghton Library had several other significant acquisitions, including the following major gifts: the Maxim Golovkin photographic negatives documenting the demonstrations at the Soviet Academy of Sciences on February 2, 1989, in which Andrei Sakharov participated; a group of Octavio Paz letters; and the C. J. Fox collection of Anthony Bailey letters and ephemera. Purchases included a complete collection of the publications of noted Argentine writer Juan Filloy, French writer and literary theorist Maurice Blanchot's correspondence with writer François Dominique, and the Samuel Morse Collection of papers by and about Wallace Stevens.
Houghton's Department of Printing and Graphic Arts purchased a large multi-sheet woodcut printed in Augsburg in 1585, entitled Aigentliche abbildung dess gantzen gewerbs der Kauffmanschafft..., offering an elaborate visual allegory depicting the conduct of commerce in 16th-century Europe, and incorporating an extensive letterpress text explaining the principles of double-entry bookkeeping. Such prints are relatively rare, and this one came with the six original woodblocks by the noted German illustrator Jost Amman. The department also acquired a Vandercook SP15 printing press and two fonts of foundry type, all of which will be used for teaching purposes in the reorganized and revitalized Houghton Printing Room.
The Harvard Theatre Collection purchased the archive of author and playwright Louis Evan Shipman and received notable gifts, including artifacts relating to the career of Leonard Bernstein (from members of the Bernstein family) and the papers of ballerina Vera Zorina from her son, the composer Peter Lieberson.
Among the Fine Arts Library's (FAL) notable acquisitions were:
The Harvard-Yenching Library was selected as one of the Korean Film Council's Hub-Libraries in 2008 to receive free Korean films. As a result, the library received 214 DVDs of Korean feature films and eleven volumes of Korean cinema-focused publications in FY 2010.
This year, Loeb Music Library received the John M. Ward Collection of English Song Sheets, 1675–1820, a gift of over 2,000 well-organized and -documented items representing a popular medium of music distribution in 18th-century England. The collection complements previous gifts to the Harvard Theatre Collection and augments the Music Library's resources for 18th-century Europe, a strength of the library. The Music Library also received the first substantial installment of the archive of 20th-century composer and conductor Stephen "Lucky" Mosko. A Harvard alumnus and sometime faculty member, Mosko spent most of his career in California, where he conducted premieres of some of the most important American "new music" of the late 20th century. This collection serves the Department of Music's burgeoning program in late-20th- and early-21st-century music. Several items that are not exported from Europe to the US were purchased for the Recordings Collections. These recordings are essential for all aspects of the Music Department's programs in historical musicology, as our widely travelled and international faculty want these particular performances by well-known performing groups for teaching. Among this year's notable acquisitions are two recent anthologies of live performances of works by John Cage and Luciano Berio currently being used by Professor Anne Shreffler.
Widener's Latin America, Spanish, and Portuguese section purchased the following 19th-century South American imprints:
Collaboration of bibliographers and collections funds across HCL resulted in the following notable acquisitions this year: