Author Archives: Catherine Wehrey


Posted on Sep. 8, 2015 by Catherine Wehrey
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A piece of women’s history lies deep in the underground stacks of the Huntington Library, among the papers of American astronomer Frederick Hanley Seares (1873–1964). Seares was the head of the computing...
Posted on Apr. 9, 2013 by Catherine Wehrey
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This is one of the most common questions asked of the Library staff. The Gutenberg Bible, the Ellesmere Chaucer, and first editions of Shakespeare’s plays come to mind when considering famous older...
Posted on Feb. 21, 2013 by Catherine Wehrey
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Winners of the Pulitzer Prize might walk the halls of the Huntington Library but come February the only awards that matter are the Oscars. Luckily The Huntington has one in its collections In 1956...
Posted on 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...
Posted on 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...

Posted on 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...

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Oct. 9, 2019 by Usha Lee McFarling
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The Huntington has joined an ambitious effort to collect and preserve the biodiversity of all species on Earth ...
Oct. 2, 2019 by Lauren Rodriguez
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With his back turned to us, a mechanic is the focal point of Hugo Gellert's painting Worker and Machine (1928), currently on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art ...
Sep. 25, 2019 by Alexander Statman
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"The Qianlong emperor, now regnant, gave a truly paternal feast for 3,000 old men assembled from all parts of the empire." ...

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