Frontiers Fall/Winter 2018

Huntington Frontiers

Huntington Frontiers connects readers with the rich intellectual life of The Huntington, capturing in news and features the work of researchers, educators, curators, and others across a range of disciplines. It is produced biannually by the Office of Communications.

Kevin Durkin, Huntington Frontiers Editor


Frontiers Articles

Photograph of Maj. Thomas T. Eckert and his team at the War's Department's military telegraph office
Issue: 2017 Spring/Summer

A massive crowdsourcing project is digitizing thousands of coded Union telegrams

To gain insights into the U.S. Civil War, The Huntington launched an innovative crowdsourcing project last year to transcribe and decipher a collection of telegrams...

Catherine Hess
Issue: 2017 Spring/Summer

Two 15th-century panels from an Italian wedding chest tell a tale of passionate love

Newly married couples in 15th- and 16th-century Italy—like newlyweds today—could expect to receive a pile of wedding gifts. One of the most common gifts was a cassone, or big box...

Robert Frost
Issue: 2017 Spring/Summer

The famous poet paid an unheralded visit to the Library in 1932 to view his manuscripts

On Oct. 8, 1923, P. K. Foley, a well-known Boston bookseller and bibliographer, wrote a letter to Robert O. Schad, Henry E. Huntington’s assistant curator of rare books.

Entrance to Chinese Garden
Issue: 2018 Fall/Winter

The garden's curator contemplates its poetry

With the start of the final phase of the Chinese Garden’s construction, we asked the garden’s curator, Phillip E. Bloom, who joined The Huntington in September 2017, to reflect on two of the initial features installed in 2008...

Portrait of young man migrating to US
Issue: 2018 Fall/Winter

The distance between Mexico and the U.S. can't always be measured in miles

For generations, Mexican migrants hoping to expand their possibilities have had to bridge the emotional gap between home and the unknown...

Illustration of Oswego, on Lake Ontario
Issue: 2018 Fall/Winter

A collection of correspondence yields insight into the Seven Years' War

On November 13, 1756, James Grahame hastily scribbled a letter at his London residence. The note, addressed to William Mercer in Perth, Scotland, confirmed that Grahame’s friend and William’s brother, Colonel James F. Mercer, was dead.

Golden tassels
Issue: 2018 Fall/Winter

Kathleen Quinn's elegant drapes accent the renovation of a grand staircase

In advance of The Huntington’s Centennial celebration, which gets under way in the fall of 2019, Catherine Hess, chief curator of European art, decided that it was time to reimagine the décor...

Final Cut
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

You Learned in Kindergarten, Right? Let's test that.

Feathered cactus
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

Cactus's soft touch provides key to its survival

As The Huntington’s curator of desert collections, I, along with my staff, care for 2,000 species of succulents, including a vast range of cacti, in the 10-acre Desert Garden...

Examining Blue Boy
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

A paintings conservator and an ear surgeon talk shop

Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy (ca. 1770) may well be an icon of Western art and one of the most beloved attractions at The Huntington, but now that it is nearly 250 years old, this epic portrait is in need of some tender loving care.

Drawing of a bird
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

The last observations of a small Hawaiian bird

In Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai‘i (Yale University Press, 2018), Daniel Lewis takes readers on a 1,000-year journey as he explores the Hawaiian Islands’ beautiful birds and a variety of topics...

Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

Don't expect a garden variety flower from a modernist painter

A rose is a rose is a rose, but what a rose can mean in different contexts is staggeringly varied. Take the red rose. A token of romantic affection, it is also the flower of the City of Pasadena and its world-famous Rose Parade.

A book full of seaweed
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

Algology preserves a passionate engagement with the underwater world

The documentary Chasing Coral (2017) brings coral close. Using underwater time-lapse photography, the film chronicles the catastrophic effects of global warming on coral reefs.

Social Scene
Issue: 2018 Spring/Summer

A peek at what we're up to online

social scene
Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

A peek at what we're up to online

scholar's insight - a riveting hypothesis
Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

The recess in a book's cover may have contained more than meets the eye
By Racha Kirakosian

One of the most pleasurable experiences one can have as a medievalist...

welcome to the ranch
Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

The Huntington's experimental demonstration garden educates and enchants
By Usha Lee McFarling

If ever there were a secret garden, it's the Ranch Garden at The Huntington...

In the Woods With a Canoe
Issue: 2017 Fall/Winter

A historian of camping scrutinizes Frederick Jackson Turner's Encounter with Wilderness
By Terence Young

Camping is one of the country's most popular pastimes...

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