“Who Cares?” Houghton Library 75th Anniversary Symposium. October 5-6, 2017

The Houghton Library Symposium, which marked the 75th anniversary of its founding, asked provocatively, “Who cares?” The resulting answers, provided by speakers and attendees, reflected a wide variety of opinions and experiences. The Houghton staff who planned the event were led by a Symposium Committee, which included Emilie Hardman, Dennis Marnon, Leslie Morris, and Ryan... Continue Reading →

A Rare Palace: Houghton Library at 75

Houghton Library at 75: A Celebration of its Collections (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017), xii + 116 pages. Envisioned as an “enchanted palace” by Harvard librarian Archibald Cary Coolidge in 1924, Houghton Library opened in 1942 with steel, bricks, and mortar, as well as a donation of stock in the Corning Glass Works from... Continue Reading →

Quotable History

"Archives are writings that have any historical importance, and national archives are those records that may be useful to one in writing a country's history or of any particular phase of its past, not merely the account of wars and the actions of politicians, but the actual life of the people; and to afford this... Continue Reading →

Archival Anniversaries

275 YEARS American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA (1743) - "The oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of 'promoting useful knowledge.'" American Philosophical Society 80 YEARS Illinois State Archives, building, Springfield, IL (October 26, 1938) - The building now named the "Margaret Cross Norton building"... Continue Reading →

Return: Translated Works in The American Archivist

Editor of The American Archivist, Gregory S. Hunter, explains in the most recent issue that “English-speaking archivists have much to learn from the professional literature of other nations.”[1] Indeed, since the 1940s, translations have graced the pages of The American Archivist. In 1941, the medieval philologist and ‘Monuments Man’ Lester K. Born presented “Baldassare Bonifacio... Continue Reading →

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