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 semi-annually by The Huntington’s Office of Communications and Marketing.

Kevin Durkin, Huntington Frontiers Editor

This Issue


Cover of Frontiers Fall/Winter 2020

Frontiers Articles

gathering of faries
May. 13, 2016
Issue: 2016 Spring/Summer

Reverence for the Bard permeates The Huntington

Marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Stephen Tabor, The Huntington's curator of early printed books, relates how the institution's founder built one of the world's great collections of the playwright's works.

Ink portrait of a man with exaggerated features
May. 12, 2016
Issue: 2016 Spring/Summer

The painter's computer-generated drawings were groundbreaking and playful

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009) studied at Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts)

Plant on Microscope
May. 12, 2016
Issue: 2016 Spring/Summer

The Huntington's cryopreservation program strives to conserve endangered plants

The caretakers of the tender succulents in the Desert Garden may cringe at news of a prolonged cold snap, but Raquel Folgado

3 panel landscape of desert in watercolor
Apr. 24, 2016
Issue: 2015 Spring/Summer

The Huntington is the new home of a residential mural by Millard Sheets

For many of us who grew up in Southern California, Millard Sheets' mid-20th century public murals are among the indelible images of our childhoods. 

Steve Koblik
Apr. 21, 2016
Issue: 2015 Spring/Summer

Life, Learning, Leadership, and Legacy according to Steve Koblik

"OK, give me a number. And then once you do that, I'll figure out the bogey." This is Steve Koblik. He's asking for an estimate of how much a certain project will cost...

Nihoa millerbird sitting on tree branch
Mar. 24, 2016
Issue: 2015 Spring/Summer

The Huntington acquires the papers of an award-winning Hawaiian naturalist

When it comes to the study of Hawaiian birds, few scientists can rival Sheila Conant, professor emerita and former chair of the zoology department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

ancient scroll being unfurled
Oct. 21, 2015

An intimate glimpse at a Medieval poem put to a surprising use

As a graduate student doing research in the library at The Huntington in the summer of 2002, I examined a manuscript that surprised me so much

Group of dancers in the 20s in a row
Oct. 20, 2015
Issue: 2015 Fall/Winter

Fanchon and Marco's big "Ideas" revolutionized the 1920s theater world

Chances are you've never heard of Fanchon and Marco. But in the 1920s, millions of Americans had. 

man standing in front of blue boy painting
Oct. 20, 2015
Issue: 2015 Fall/Winter

Contemplating the impact of Blue Boy's departure from England

This fall, Huntington art curators Catherine Hess and Melinda McCurdy unveil Blue Boy & Co., a 179-page book highlighting the richness and diversity of The Huntington's European collection.

Photo of cork oak
Oct. 17, 2015
Issue: 2015 Fall/Winter

The Huntington serves as ground zero in a race to research, and ultimately kill, the pests that threaten Southern California's trees

Four years of historic drought. Restricted water use. The Darth Vader of tree pests and assorted other destructive bugs, diseases, fungi, and root rot.

duncanson rocky landscape
May. 21, 2015
Issue: 2015 Spring/Summer

African-American Art at The Huntington

The Huntington continues to fill in gaps in its collecting areas, most recently by homing in on works by African-American artists.

Corpse Flower
May. 15, 2015
Issue: 2015 Spring/Summer

There's more to the corpse flower than its giant bloom

Behind the scenes at The Huntington, in a quiet greenhouse tucked away from public view, something big is brewing. 

civil war soilders sitting for photograph
Apr. 24, 2015
Issue: 2015 Spring/Summer

The Huntington's curator of photographs captures the emotional impact of the Civil War

If you missed The Huntington's unprecedented exhibition of 200 rare Civil War photographs in 2013, you will be pleased to learn that the Huntington Library Press has just published a powerful book based on the show

Engraving of Lincoln on his death bed
Nov. 3, 2014
Issue: 2014 fall/winter

How Lincoln's death helped revive the practice of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

"The President still breathes," began the dispatch sent to the press before dawn on April 15, 1865. Just hours after Abraham Lincoln had been shot

Angels taking Lincoln away
Oct. 29, 2014
Issue: 2014 fall/winter

Richard W. Fox ties Lincoln's body to his words and deeds

On April 21, 1865, Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington, D.C., for Springfield, Ill. It offered northerners "a moving shrine they could approach as pilgrims"

bonsai tree in front of clouds
Oct. 25, 2014
Issue: 2014 fall/winter

A photographer immerses himself in The Huntington's bonsai and penjing collections

Photographer Stephen Hilyard does things big. In the summer of 2007, he donned a dry suit and jumped into a lake in Þingvellir (in English, Thingvellir)

Fashion plate of lady in 18th century mourning dress
Oct. 3, 2014
Issue: 2014 fall/winter

When black became the new black

The death of France's Louis XV in 1774 was good for fashion. At the time, much of Europe followed a long-established etiquette

Painting of Mt. Vesuvius in moonlight
Oct. 2, 2014
Issue: 2014 fall/winter

Finding the sublime in a newly acquired pair of paintings

Eighteenth-century travelers on the Grand Tour of Europe sought out Naples, Italy, not only for its museums and ancient ruins, but also for that marvel of nature

Man sitting on rock surrounded by yellow flowers
Aug. 3, 2014
Issue: 2014 fall/winter

The fruits of a return trip to Namibia

The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Huntington Frontiers featured Huntington conservation technician Cody Howard's search for Ledebouria bulbs