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Posted on Nov. 6, 2019 by Earle Havens and Mark Rankin
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What happens to a religious culture once it is no longer allowed to exist? Where might we look to find the material remnants of a religious community that was gradually suppressed ...

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Dec. 16, 2012 by Catherine Wehrey
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“What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself.” The baptismal certificate of Ludwig van Beethoven is dated Dec. 17, 1770. Since custom dictated that families not wait longer...
Dec. 13, 2012 by Shelley Kresan
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Another post in a series from the cataloger of the Anne M. Cranston cookbook collection which consists of approximately 4400 British and American cookbooks from the 19th and 20th centuries. In this series...
Dec. 7, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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Finding a rare and endangered plant species in the wild is hard enough. What is even more difficult is spotting an albino form of that flower! By definition, albinism is the absence of any pigmentation...
Dec. 6, 2012 by Shelley Kresan
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With this post we introduce a new Verso series from Shelley Kresan, one of the rare book catalogers in the Library. She is in the process of cataloging the Anne M. Cranston cookbook collection, which consists...
Dec. 4, 2012 by Kate Lain
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Heavy boxes of glass. A portable darkroom. Noxious chemicals. A cumbersome camera. Field photography during the U.S. Civil War was an arduous process far removed from the relatively effortless digital...
Nov. 30, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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It’s a bird…. It’s a plane…. It’s orchid pollen? Pollen has been flying at the information desk in The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science this past month! Lucky visitors...
Nov. 28, 2012 by Thea Page
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In theory, putting on an art exhibition is a rather formulaic process. You develop a theme, select works, design a layout for the gallery, and then, in the final weeks before opening, the show is installed...
Nov. 21, 2012 by Catherine Wehrey
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Green turtle. Jowl with spinach. Coconut cake. Crab à la Mayonnaise. What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? If you and yours celebrated the holiday in late 19th-century California...

Nov. 20, 2012 by Matt Stevens
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Bibliographers seldom get much attention especially when they choose the literary giant Samuel Johnson as their subject. Scholar O M “Skip” Brack Jr. relished living in the shadow of such greatness...
Nov. 15, 2012 by Susan Turner-Lowe
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“Maynard L. Parker (1900–1976) built a career making residential spaces look their alluring best,” says Jennifer A. Watts on the jacket copy of the new book that she edited about the acclaimed architectural...
Nov. 10, 2012 by Jennifer A.
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Veterans Day, an occasion to honor the nation’s servicemen and women, has roots stretching back to the First World War. Yet the desire to commemorate wartime sacrifice has a much longer history. In...
Nov. 8, 2012 by Catherine Wehrey
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The name Hubble is familiar to most people. It invokes mental images of the Hubble Telescope and its photographs of colorful nebulae in space, but few know details of the life of its namesake…or his...
Nov. 6, 2012 by Olga Tsapina
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Today we bring you the second part of a post by Olga Tsapina, the Norris Foundation Curator of American Historical Manuscripts and curator of the current exhibition
Nov. 5, 2012 by Olga Tsapina
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Today and tomorrow we bring you a two-part piece by Olga Tsapina, the Norris Foundation Curator of American Historical Manuscripts and curator of the current exhibition
Nov. 1, 2012 by Matt Stevens
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Historian Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University and author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, spoke at The Huntington last night about Ric Burns’ adaptation...
Oct. 30, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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Dracula simia has been monkeying around in the cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru since its discovery to humans in 1978. Despite more than 130 known species of Dracula so far, many more varieties of this...