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The 1891 Football Team!

Just acquired for the College Archives from an online estate auction in Pueblo, Colorado–a postcard photo of the 1891 Trinity football team! For those who want to know who is pictured, there is a team photo with names in the 1892 IVY (opposite page 100), which can be found online here, or you can visit the Watkinson to see a physical copy!

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New compact shelving in the Watkinson!

We are thrilled to show you a series of pics (before-during-and-after) of a small expansion to the Watkinson’s existing compact shelving units, which will allow us capacity for 8,000 more volumes. This is critical, as the Watkinson has taken in (by gift and by purchase) no less than Fourteen (14) collections this year totalling well over 16,000 items (approximately 1,950 books, 10,000 comic books, 1,000 science fiction magazines, 700 film reels, 100 manuscript letters, and over 2,600 pieces of ephemera). For more info on the new collections and acquisitions coming in, see the curator’s blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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British Theater Playbills Now Online!

Playbill for 1834 performance of King Henry IV at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with plan of orchestra

Playbill for 1834 performance of King Henry IV at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with plan of orchestra

Given to Watkinson Library by Nathan H. Allen in 1916, the collection comprises nearly four hundred 18-19th Century British theater playbills for performances in London and other locations. Plastered about town, playbills displayed a wealth of information promoting upcoming shows. Our collection may be searched by title, name, or terms such as “ballet,” “opera,” “pantomime,” or “comedy,” for example. Visit our Digital Collections page for this and other collections published to Shared Shelf Commons and Trinity College Digital Repository.

 

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Student Life 1875, from Trinity College Archives

Trinity College dorm room ca. 1875:  William Mather (right, 1877) & Joseph Buffington (left, 1875).  Mather was donor of Trinity College Chapel and his bequest funded Mather Hall!  Buffington created Trinity’s Bantam mascot!  For more like this, visit our Digital Collections page for “Trinity College Archival Photos” and other “Image Collections in Shared Shelf Commons”

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Thinking INSIDE the box!

GibbsAs part of our preservation efforts in the Watkinson, we sometimes hire a conservator to make a clamshell box to protect an extra-special, fragile book. Stephanie Gibbs, a bookbinder from Easthampton, Mass., is making a linen clamshell box for an incunable with delicate, exposed sewing. The fit of the box is important so that the book doesn’t shift when being shelved and get damaged.

An “incunable” (the English form of the Latin incunabula = “cradle”) is a book from the “infancy” of printing, covering the years 1455 to 1500. Why doesn’t Stephanie just repair the binding? Several reasons: being able to see the original structure of the book is a window into the history of the artifact; appropriately restoring a binding is time intensive, requires a high level of expertise, and is therefore very expensive. This type of treatment would be reserved for a book that is very rare indeed or that needs to be handled fairly often for teaching or research. Boxing is a practical way to protect an artifact for the future.

—Sally Dickinson, Associate Curator & Preservation Librarian

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J-Term class on Downton Abbey visits the Watkinson

During J-Term, history professor Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre taught a class on the historical contexts of Downton Abbey, and the students come into the Watkinson twice in one week to look at maps of London, books on etiquette and house architecture, British war (WWI) propaganda posters, view stereoscope photographs of the front (a sort of “3-D” picture process popular in the 1920s), and to listen to the music of the time on one of the phonographs we have in the Watkinson.

Downton class Gramophone in WatkinsonDownton class Maps and posters in WatkinsonDownton class Stereoscope and WW1 photos

 

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Make a Book By Hand: Watkinson Library Workshop 10/30

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On Thursday, October 30, from 4:30-7:30 pm in the Watkinson Library, Paulette Rosen of the Creative Arts Workshop will teach a book-making workshop.

Participants will learn several variations of the accordion fold, from the full-page spread to the small folds that act as a hinge. The resulting books are suitable for small photo albums, sketchbooks, greeting cards and whatever else you can imagine!

A light supper will follow the introduction.

Please RSVP to Sally Dickinson by October 24th (Sally.Dickinson@trincoll.edu).

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Oct. 9th Book Artist Talk: Daniel Kelm

KELM poster Oct 9

On Thursday, October 9th at 5 pm, the Watkinson presents, “A Conversation on Poetic Science: The Bookwork of Daniel E. Kelm” in the Joslin Family 1823 Room.

Daniel Kelm is a book artist and founder of the Garage Annex School for Book Arts at his studio, the Wide Awake Garage, in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Join us to explore and learn more about the elements of alchemy and sculpture in his work.

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Student-curated exhibit: Spy Papers from WWII Italy in the Watkinson!

 

Dates: May 13 – June 15, 2013

Times: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Place: John M.K. Davis Reading Room, Watkinson Library

Stop by the Watkinson to see an exhibit curated by graduating Trinity senior Michael Kozek ’13, consisting of intelligence reports, photos, and other materials from an OSS major focused on Fascist Italy during World War II. Full exhibition details below:

 

The Corvo Papers: the OSS in Italy during W.W. II

Select items from a collection of intelligence reports, photos, and correspondence from Fascist Italy (1943-45). These materials were given to Trinity by William Corvo, whose father, Biagio Max Corvo, was a decorated major in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the CIA. The collection includes highly sensitive documents that reveal how the OSS contributed to a strategic advantage that helped to bring down Mussolini’s administration and turn Italy toward the Allied cause.

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4/9 Exhibition Opening & Poetry Reading: Hyam Plutzik ’32: American Poet, Connecticut and Beyond

Hyam Plutzik ’32: American Poet, Connecticut and Beyond

April 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm in the Watkinson

The Watkinson is holding a poetry reading and exhibition opening this Tuesday, April 9, featuring the works and life of Hyam Plutzik, Trinity alumnus, poet and Professor of English at the University of Rochester.

Come explore Plutzik’s life and works with Trinity faculty, students, and Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen in the Watkinson! In addition to readings of Plutzik’s works by Trinity’s award-winning poet Ciaran Berry and Artist-in-Residence Clare Rossini, Trinity students will also read selections from their own works of poetry.

I once looked at poetry as little more than beautiful language. Later it was a way of communicating the nuances of the world. More recently I have begun to look at poetry as the great synthesizer, the humanizer of knowledge  –Hyam Plutzik

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