The Andover–Harvard Theological Library will close on Friday, May 26 at 5 p.m. to begin a yearlong renovation. Library services will reopen on Monday, June 19, in various parts of Andover Hall, the Divinity School’s main building. Library users should check the LG database in HOLLIS or call 496-1615 or 495-5788 to verify hours and access information.

There was a strong showing of Preservation staff at the ACRL/New England Preservation/Conservation Interest Group spring meeting, held March 23 at the Homer Babbidge Library, University of Connecticut in Storrs. Beth Doyle, Conservator for Special Projects in the College and University Library, and Heather Caldwell, Preservation Services Librarian at MIT (and former intern in HCL Conservation Services), coordinated and presented the program, “Leather Deterioration and Treatment Options.” At the same meeting, Susi Barbarossa, Conservation Technician in Widener Library, spoke about the board-slotting repair technique while Ethel Hellman, Collections Conservator for Widener Library, spoke on board tacketing. Also in attendance were Karen Bailey, Rare Book Librarian in Baker Library; Lori Foley, Binding and Conservation Assistant in Tozzer Library; and John O’Regan, Conservation Technician in Widener Library.

Nancy Carlson Schrock, Chief Collections Conservator for the Harvard College Library, and Jan Merrill-Oldham, Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian in the Harvard University Library and the Harvard College Library, authored the chapter “The Conservation of General Collections” in a book just published by the American Library Association, Preservation Issues and Planning, edited by Paul Banks and Roberta Pilette.

A review of a book by Olga Strakhov, Preservation Assistant with the NEH Project in the HUL Weissman Preservation Center, appeared in a recent issue of the German journal Jahrbuch für osteuropäische Geschichte. The reviewer, G. Podskalsky, praised Olga’s book, The Byzantine Culture in Muscovite Rus’: The Case of Evfimiii Chudovskii (1620-1705) (Köln: Böhlau Verlag, 1998), calling it “a mature masterpiece” written in a style that makes it “accessible to a broad readership.” Mr. Podskalsky, is a leading specialist in Byzantine-Slavic cultural relations and Byzantine and Slavic cultural history.

A revised and expanded Web site, “Library Preservation at Harvard" (http://preserve.harvard.edu), debuted on March 30, 2000. The site promotes the services offered to the libraries at Harvard by the Weissman Preservation Center in the Harvard University Library and Preservation & Imaging Services in the Harvard College Library. Practical, up-to-date information on preservation and imaging topics are organized under the general headings Services, Resources, and Emergencies. A News section includes exhibitions highlighting preservation challenges, a virtual tour of the HCL Conservation Lab, and links to articles about program accomplishments. This is the first major revision of the site since its initial release in 1997. Over the course of the next year, work will focus on augmenting the guidelines, procedures, and other documents currently posted in the Resources section.

The Frances Loeb Library Special Collections Department is displaying a collection of material related to the “One Hundred Years of Landscape Architecture at Harvard, 1900-2000: Our Heritage/Imagining Futures” exhibition which is in the main lobby of Gund Hall. Special Collections is open Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

On Thursday, May 11, the Friends of the Frances Loeb Library 2000 Spring Lecture presents Elizabeth S. Eustis, who will speak on “Garden Prints as Primary Sources for Landscape Design History.”

Ms. Eustis holds an M.A. from Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum/Parson’s School of Design. A historian of the garden print, she has served as researcher and cataloger at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and a research assistant at the Cooper Hewitt Museum. In 1998 she co-curated an exhibition from the New York Botanical Garden Library at the Grolier Club, New York. Ms. Eustis also teaches at the Radcliffe Seminars program at Harvard University.

Ms. Eustis has worked extensively with early garden print resources in the Special Collections Department of the Frances Loeb Library. She will present several case studies from her research, featuring resources from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frances Loeb Library. The lecture will be held in Gund Hall Room 111 at the Graduate School of Design, followed by a reception in the Special Collections Department of the Library.

Leslie A. Morris, Curator of Manuscripts in the College Library, participated in a Library of Congress Bicentennial Symposium, “Poetry and the American People: Reading, Voice, and Publication in the 19th and 20th Centuries,” in April. Leslie spoke on poets and publishers, with particular attention to New Directions Publishing Corporation. The symposium was sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress, and the Poetry Society of America.

Mary Pennington Weatherall, who lives and paints in Ipswich, Massachusetts, will be showing her work in the exhibition “Landscapes: River, Marsh, and Town,” May 3 through May 31 at the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. The exhibition is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A graduate of Radcliffe College with a concentration in Fine Arts, Ms. Weatherall also studied painting in Oxford, England; at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education; at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly; and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. She has shown her oil paintings of the tidal marshes, rivers, and bridges of Ipswich and the textile mills of the Merrimac River at numerous exhibitions on the North Shore and in one-person shows at the Firehouse Center in Newburyport and at the Fenn School in Concord. Formerly represented by the Hobson Gallery, she is a partner in the newly opened River Gallery in Ipswich.

On May 7, Radcliffe Culinary Friends presented “Food Reveals Character—In Literature and Life.” The event featured speakers Elinor Lipman and Betty Fussell, and was followed by a reception at the Schlesinger Library.

Novelist Elinor Lipman rounds out her fiction with telling details about what her characters choose to eat. In her memoir, My Kitchen Wars, Betty Fussell uses memorable food moments to mark the turning points in her eventful marriage. These engaging writers show how food, drink, and cooking can define and reveal (often in funny ways) contemporary life, real and imagined.

During Women’s History Month, the Schlesinger Library initiated an occasional series of documentary and feature films relating to women. The series, supported in part by Clara B. Schiffer ’32, began on March 8, International Women’s Day, with the showing of The Willmar 8. The April offering was The Women of Summer, The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, 1921-1938. The last film of the current season, the classic With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women’s Emergency Brigade, will be shown May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Schlesinger Library. These documentaries were taken from the Library’s film collection. The series will resume in academic year 2000-01 with an expanded and updated variety of selections.

On May 17 at 8 p.m. in Agassiz Theatre, Radcliffe Yard, the Schlesinger Library will host the Friends of the Schlesinger Library Evening, featuring Blanche Wiesen Cook, the noted Eleanor Roosevelt biographer. Ms. Cook’s talk, titled “Eleanor Roosevelt: Power and Activism,” will be followed by a dessert reception in the Lyman Common Room, Agassiz House.

Historian and journalist, Ms. Cook is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, as well as author of a multi-volume biography of Roosevelt. This will be Professor Cook’s second appearance at the Friends’ Evening speaking on her ever-popular subject.

The Friends’ Evening is held each year in the spring to thank the many financial supporters of the Library’s activities and services. The event is usually a lecture open to the public and free of charge. Please call the Library at 495-8647 if you plan to attend the program.


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