Victoria Steele will be joining the Clark Library for a two-year appointment as Interim Head Librarian, beginning at the end of August. Currently the Brooke Russell Astor Director of Collections Strategy for the New York Public Library, she was the Head of UCLA Special Collections from 2000-2009 and is no stranger to the Clark and its collections. A more detailed press release is available here.
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Introducing the Clark’s latest exhibition:
THE TEARS OF THE PRESS:
PRINT AND AUTHORITY IN 17TH-CENTURY ENGLAND
Curated by Dr. Stephanie Koscak and students in her UCLA History Department capstone seminar, Media and Politics in Early Modern England: Nicholas Barlow | Hillary Rose Cleary | Ricardo Aaron Garcia | Brian Jordi Thomas Knight | Amber Ward | Maksim Wynn | Sean Patrick Yancey
INTRODUCTION TO THE EXHIBITION
“What age ever brought forth more, or bought more printed waste paper?”, asked the anonymous author of the 1681 tract The Tears of the Press, with Reflections on the Present State of England. The temporary and then permanent lapse of prepublication print licensing, the emergence of violent party politics, and political revolution redefined the relationship between print and political authority for the English in the later seventeenth century. Packed with supposed lies, controversies, and fallacious news, readers consumed print like never before: “The ink hath poyson in it,” lamented our above author, yet “pamphlets these late times hath swarmed.”
This obsession with paper and the press in seventeenth-century England reflects new anxieties, tensions, and possibilities surrounding representation in an age of increasingly mass textual and graphic print. By the turn of the eighteenth century, the press had expanded beyond all previous bounds with the explosion of ephemeral print, particularly newspapers, pamphlets, engravings, satires, and broadsides. This exhibition, curated by students in Dr. Stephanie Koscak’s undergraduate capstone seminar in the Department of History at UCLA, “Media and Politics in Early Modern England,” aims to capture the vitality and novelty of print in this period. Collectively, these rare texts and images demonstrate the ways in which authority was constructed through print while addressing contemporary anxieties about veracity and misrepresentation. Topics include: the development of newspapers, the construction of royal authority in graphic images and printed pamphlets, the invention of mass partisan propaganda, the channels of printed communication undergirding the mid-century witch crisis, and emerging genres of engraved visual satire, such as political playing cards. Like the printer George Bickham’s large, hand-colored trompe l’oeil engraving The Whig’s Medley (1711), included in the exhibit, print playfully reflected back on its own complexities. Authors and artists asked contemporaries to read dialogically, to compare multiple representations, and to cultivate sharp interpretive skills necessary for England’s new media landscape.
SCENES FROM THE EXHIBITION OPENING
The exhibition will be open through September 2014. If you’d like to see it, make an appointment for a tour via http://clarklibrary.ucla.edu/tour or visit during one of our summer events!
On Tuesday, the Clark was lucky to host a group of UCLA students who generously donated their free time for UCLA Volunteer Day.
Working with our groundkeeper, the students helped to weed flower beds, clean up plant debris, and beautify our outdoor space! We hope that they had a great time visiting and helping the Clark, and will look forward to next year’s UCLA Volunteer Day!
Thank you to all who were able to come to last Tuesday’s opening for our current exhibition, An Exhibition in Six Courses: Testing Recipes from the Clark’s Manuscript Collection! In addition to the debut of the exhibit itself, the opening also featured the tasting of a Nottingham Ale brewed by UCLA PhD candidate and Clark researcher Alex Hernandez, made according to a 17th-century recipe from one of our cookery manuscripts. Curator Jennifer Bastian (the Clark’s Visual Resources Specialist) spoke briefly to discuss her procedure for transcribing and interpreting the sometimes difficult vocabulary and eccentric measurements of recipes she tested in her home kitchen; Alex was also able to give some remarks on his similar experience working with the ale recipe, and on the history behind British ale-making and Nottingham ale in particular.
If you were not able to make it to the opening, the exhibit is open by appointment until the end September. Call the Clark at 323-731-8529 to arrange a visit!
On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, our interns were invited to participate in the quarterly CFPRT presentations on campus. The Center for Primary Research and Training is a program in the Young Research Library that introduces graduate students to the world of archival processing. The other five presenters were PhD candidates in disciplines that ranged from English to Ethnomusicology to Medical Anthropology. We might be a little prejudiced, but we think that they both gave the doctoral students a run for their money.
Daniella Aquino has spent her time at the Clark digging into the Hannah More material. The individual manuscripts have been cataloged separately, as have the broadsides from the Cheap Repository Tracts. In the next few weeks, collection-level records will be available for the printed pamphlets. Gloria Gonzalez has processed the Richard Popkin papers and a finding aid will be available on the Online Archive of California in the couple of weeks. Popkin’s library of antiquarian books is being cataloged and many records are already available through the UCLA Library catalog.
In addition to the presentation, both Daniella and Gloria curated an exhibition of the materials which will be on view at the Clark Library throughout the summer. Please contact us for an appointment to see these interesting exhibitions.
All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, we will be saying adieu to our interns at the end of June. On behalf of everyone at the Clark Library, we wish them all the best in their future endeavors. We know that they will both make significant impacts in the library world — whether they pursue rare book cataloging, archival processing, curating, public service, digital initiatives, or continuing scholarship. The knowledge and hands-on experience they’ve developed over the past 30 weeks should give them a competitive edge as they pursue their careers. We thank them for their hard work, professionalism, and good cheer!
If you missed the flash exhibition on campus, here’s a second chance to see:
The Life & Times of Hannah More: Author, Reformist & Philanthropist
Curated by Daniella Aquino
at The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
On view (by appointment only!) during summer 2013
From the curator:
Over the past year, I have worked with both the manuscript and print materials from the Clark Library’s Hannah More Collection. During the first half of my internship, I created a finding aid for the manuscript materials, which included letters to and from Hannah More, letters from her contemporaries, diaries, portraits, and various other visual materials. The collection was relatively small, so I described the materials at the item level. I became familiar with every item in the collection, and I enjoyed the research involved in the process. These materials gave me an inside perspective of Hannah More’s life. She is often remembered as a strict moral reformist, but her letters and diaries reveal her friendly and witty nature. She was wildly popular in her time, and was always surrounded by friends. She moved in the most prominent intellectual circles, and her strong friendships played important roles in her life.
For my final project, I designed an exhibit to showcase some of the most personal and interesting pieces in the collection. More is recognized for her literary contributions, but I wanted to convey the personal side of her experiences. For example, the display includes a first edition of Sir Eldred of the Bower, one of More’s early works. The book was dedicated to her dear friend, the famous actor David Garrick. Alongside the book is a manuscript poem written by Garrick. The poem was written in praise of Sir Eldred, and reveals the great friendship shared by Garrick and More. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this collection, and I encourage users to view the exhibit and learn more about this extraordinary and prolific woman.
For more information, I highly recommend Women, Morality & Advice Literature: Manuscripts and Rare Printed Works of Hannah More (1745-1833) and her Circle from the Clark Library, Los Angeles, edited by Professor Patricia Demers, Professor Anne Mellor, and Janice Devereux, 2005. This book has been extremely useful throughout my research, and is referenced extensively in the finding aid and catalog records for the collection.
UCLA’s new Meteorite Museum has just opened in UCLA’s Geology building and it features one the meteorites from Mr. Clark’s collection. From the 1920s until 1951, when it was torn down, the Clark Library grounds were home to Mr. Clark’s very own observatory, which contained telescopes in addition to a collection of meteorites and a small astronomy library. After Clark died in 1934, the meteorites made their way to the UCLA campus. The largest one, the Canyon Diablo meteorite (357 pounds!), is now part of the Meteorite Museum display. Clark librarians helped Professor John Wasson research the meteorite’s origins and part of that history is included in the exhibit!
More information about the Meteorite Museum is available via the UCLA Today website.
We have recently learned that two students from Professor Joseph Bristow’s Winter 2013 Ahmanson Undergraduate Seminar at the Clark, “The Wilde Archive,” have won UCLA Library Prizes for Undergraduate Research because of their fantastic scholarly work with material in the Clark’s collections! Elizabeth Pieslor and her paper “A Study of Oscar Wilde’s Published and Unpublished Epigrams and Aphorisms” has won in the category of Best Short Paper in the Arts and Humanities category, while Andra Lim and her paper “The Isis, the Spirit Lamp, and Male Sexuality: Oscar Wilde and Student Journalism at the University of Oxford 1892-1893″ won in the “Best Use of Clark Library Collections” category.
We are proud of Elizabeth and Andra and of the role the Clark’s collections have played in their excellent work!
From Library Assistant Becky Ruud
Today marks the celebration of the 449th birthday of William Shakespeare. The church registry lists William Shakespeare’s baptism on April 26, 1564, and it can be assumed that Shakespeare was born a few days before that. This date is also the same day that he died in 1616, making a very convenient day to celebrate both his birth and death. Our Shakespeare collection here at the Clark includes many folios, quartos, and illustrated editions by Eric Gill and others, including my favorite edition illustrated by John Austen (see illustrations from the 1922 edition of Hamlet below), and much more.
We are also proud to have the Chrzanowski collection, a well-rounded donation of works likely read by William Shakespeare, used as his sources, and/or those important to the development of the English language. For a detailed summary of the Chrzanowski collection please visit our website.