I am pleased to welcome back the 2nd Folio of Shakespeare, just in time for the fall semester!
Acquired by the Watkinson in the spring of 2012, the book was cleaned and repaired in February by Marie Oedel, who does conservation work for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (among other places). Marie generously donated about 30% of the labor involved–which came to over 40 hours of cleaning and repairing!
We then had to replace seven (7) missing leaves from the book, which were reproduced lettepress (from polymer plates) by Scott Vile of the Ascensius Press from scans of the copy at the John Carter Brown Library (Brown University).
Finally, we had the book bound in full leather by Sam Ellenport, a master binder, who used materials and designs consistent with books bound in England in the 1630s.
It is now ready to take up permanent residence in the Watkinson stacks, and to be shown to classes and consulted by researchers!
The Watkinson Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Rawson as Associate Curator of Archives and Manuscript Collections. He will begin working at Trinity on August 24, 2015.
Peter is originally from Riverside, Connecticut. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history (concentrating on modern Europe) from Antioch University Seattle, a master’s degree in library science, and a master’s degree in history (American history, 18th-20th centuries)—both from Simmons College. His history thesis focused on the ways in which the 1918-19 influenza epidemic in the U.S. disappeared in popular discourse for over a generation after the event.
For the past nine years he has been Archivist for the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. Prior to that he served for six years at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Library, Harvard Medical School, as photograph/image archivist, archivist for the National Archives of Plastic Surgery, and assistant reference librarian. Before becoming an archivist, Peter spent a decade living and working in Hartford as the Canvass Director for the Connecticut Citizen Action Group.