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”
As 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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
The Watkinson Library is pleased to introduce two collections curated by American Studies graduate students: A Tale of Two Colleges: Bates & Trinity, 1890-1930 by Brent Bette and Christmas Traditions by Jenn Brasfield. Both exhibitions will be on display from January 28 – March 31, 2013.
Research Librarian Erin Valentino’s class, The Information Age and the Digital Divide, has created an exhibition called “The Book” that explores the history of print culture through a selection of rare books from the Watkinson Library. Students each chose a book to research and interpret using contextual sources, and presented their findings in class. The exhibition features a book of hours, an almanac, medical guides, a captivity narrative, and more, with contextualizing labels created by the students.
Erin Valentino and her class, along with Watkinson Director Rick Ring and Library Director Richard Ross, at the opening of the exhibition, Oct 23
Student selections included an exquisite book of hours...
...a medical guide...
...an educational primer, and more!
“The Book” will be on view in the Main Atrium of Trinity College Library from October 23, 2012 until November 30. You can also explore the exhibition online through a complementary website at: http://commons.trincoll.edu/thebook/.
Come to the Watkinson Library this Friday from 10-2 to look at some of the great items we’ve acquired this year, grab a cup of cider and a few cookies, and learn about the cool old printing press we are renovating! Rick Ring (head curator) will be on hand to discuss these and other initiatives and programs we are looking forward to in the spring and fall. Don’t miss it!!