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Abraham Lincoln mourning ribbons, ca. 1865.

MS Am 2605

Houghton Library, Harvard University

Bosse, Abraham, 1602-1676. De la maniere de graver a l’eau forte et au burin, 1758.
Typ 715.58.230
Houghton Library, Harvard University

Bosse, Abraham, 1602-1676. De la maniere de graver a l’eau forte et au burin, 1758.

Typ 715.58.230

Houghton Library, Harvard University

Horae beatae Mariae virginis (use of Paris) : manuscript, [ca. 1515]
MS Richardson 10
Houghton Library, Harvard University

Horae beatae Mariae virginis (use of Paris) : manuscript, [ca. 1515]

MS Richardson 10

Houghton Library, Harvard University

digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

The Digital Public Library of America turns one year old, today. Happy birthday to us!
Julian Walker Morton, Jr. blowing out birthday candles, ca. 1940. Morton, Hugh M. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
Glendale National Charity League ball, 1958. Special Collections, Doheny Memorial Library, Libraries, University of Southern California. 
Jeff Mercer’s 6th birthday party, 1950s. M002_3_18-3, Johnny and Ginger Mercer Papers, Popular Music and Culture Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. Digital Library of Georgia. 
Coach Red Sanders birthday, 1958. Special Collections, Doheny Memorial Library, Libraries, University of Southern California. 
Group of African American women and men gathered around a birthday cake, Los Angeles, ca. circa 1951-1960. Charlotta Bass/California Eagle Photograph Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles. 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt Receives a Birthday Cake in the Oval Office, White House, ca. 01/27/1942. Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. National Archives and Records Administration. 
Mildred’s birthday, February 1987. Morton, Hugh M. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
Henderson birthday, December 12, 1896. Forrest, J. Thomas. East Carolina University. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
Girl Scouts’ birthday, 1952. Special Collections, Doheny Memorial Library, Libraries, University of Southern California. 

digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

The Digital Public Library of America turns one year old, today. Happy birthday to us!

  1. Julian Walker Morton, Jr. blowing out birthday candles, ca. 1940. Morton, Hugh M. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
  2. Glendale National Charity League ball, 1958. Special Collections, Doheny Memorial Library, Libraries, University of Southern California. 
  3. Jeff Mercer’s 6th birthday party, 1950s. M002_3_18-3, Johnny and Ginger Mercer Papers, Popular Music and Culture Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. Digital Library of Georgia. 
  4. Coach Red Sanders birthday, 1958. Special Collections, Doheny Memorial Library, Libraries, University of Southern California. 
  5. Group of African American women and men gathered around a birthday cake, Los Angeles, ca. circa 1951-1960. Charlotta Bass/California Eagle Photograph Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles. 
  6. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Receives a Birthday Cake in the Oval Office, White House, ca. 01/27/1942. Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. National Archives and Records Administration. 
  7. Mildred’s birthday, February 1987. Morton, Hugh M. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
  8. Henderson birthday, December 12, 1896. Forrest, J. Thomas. East Carolina University. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 
  9. Girl Scouts’ birthday, 1952. Special Collections, Doheny Memorial Library, Libraries, University of Southern California. 
Vertès, Marcel, 1895-1961. Set design for the bedroom in La Belle Hélène, [1955].
 MS Thr 996
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Vertès, Marcel, 1895-1961. Set design for the bedroom in La Belle Hélène, [1955].

 MS Thr 996

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Stukeley, William, 1687-1765. Abury, a temple of the British druids, and some others described, 1743.
Arc 855.214*
Houghton Library, Harvard University

Stukeley, William, 1687-1765. Abury, a temple of the British druids, and some others described, 1743.

Arc 855.214*

Houghton Library, Harvard University

Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687. Thesée : tragedie, 1711.

M1500.L95 T5 1711 (B)

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

widenerlibrary:

Where in Widener Special Edition
Check out this amazing article from yesterday’s Harvard Gazette in honor of Harry Elkins Widener and his rare books collection. This collection is housed in the heart of Widener and is curated by our colleagues at the Houghton Library.
There are many tales surrounding Widener Library that have become part of Harvard student lore. According to these legends Mrs. Widener requested that the building never be altered, fresh flowers be delivered to Harry’s room every day, that Harvard students must pass a swim test to graduate, and that Harry’s favorite dessert, ice cream, be served in the dining halls.
Only two of these legends are true. One stipulation of Mrs. Widener’s original bequest is that we cannot change the exterior of the building. Fresh flowers are also delivered to Harry’s Memorial Room, but only once a week. You can learn more about Harry’s collection with this online exhibit.
Image courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell, from the Harvard Gazette.

widenerlibrary:

Where in Widener Special Edition

Check out this amazing article from yesterday’s Harvard Gazette in honor of Harry Elkins Widener and his rare books collection. This collection is housed in the heart of Widener and is curated by our colleagues at the Houghton Library.

There are many tales surrounding Widener Library that have become part of Harvard student lore. According to these legends Mrs. Widener requested that the building never be altered, fresh flowers be delivered to Harry’s room every day, that Harvard students must pass a swim test to graduate, and that Harry’s favorite dessert, ice cream, be served in the dining halls.

Only two of these legends are true. One stipulation of Mrs. Widener’s original bequest is that we cannot change the exterior of the building. Fresh flowers are also delivered to Harry’s Memorial Room, but only once a week. You can learn more about Harry’s collection with this online exhibit.

Image courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell, from the Harvard Gazette.

Samples of dyed felt from a collection of materials used in the preparation of an 18th century French encyclopedia of trades and crafts.
Réaumur, René Antoine Ferchault de, 1683-1757. Manuscripts and illustrations for Descriptions des arts et métiers, 1721-1787.
MS Typ 432.1 (4)
Houghton Library, Harvard University

Samples of dyed felt from a collection of materials used in the preparation of an 18th century French encyclopedia of trades and crafts.

Réaumur, René Antoine Ferchault de, 1683-1757. Manuscripts and illustrations for Descriptions des arts et métiers, 1721-1787.

MS Typ 432.1 (4)

Houghton Library, Harvard University

Academy of Music - The imperial Japanese troupe (1867 July 1). Playbills and programs from New York City theaters, ca. 1800-1930.
TCS 65
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Academy of Music - The imperial Japanese troupe (1867 July 1). Playbills and programs from New York City theaters, ca. 1800-1930.

TCS 65

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University