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Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts: Fall 2014

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William Steig, detail of ink drawing of an artist sketching, Steig Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Mansucripts

As the Ink Flows:
Works from the Pen of William Steig

On exhibit August 22 - December 19, 2014
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
This exhibit explores the life and career of the artist, cartoonist, and children's book author/illustrator William Steig. The exhibition highlights materials from the recent gift of over 3,000 original drawings, notebooks and scrapbooks, correspondence, books, posters, and other materials made by Jeanne Steig, his widow, to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, supplemented with loans from his family.
Recent, Start: 08/22/2014, End: 12/19/2014

"Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy"
Philadelphia's Savoy Company

On exhibit December 8, 2014 through Late 2016
Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 4th floor
The Savoy Company of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur theater company in the world devoted to the production of operas by Gilbert and Sullivan. "Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy" traces the history of the company, beginning with its founding in 1901 by Penn alumnus Alfred Reginald Allen. Featured are posters, programs, and photographs from four representative productions.
Current, Start: 12/08/2014, End: 12/25/2016
Detail of wood engraving, The effects of the proclamation - Freed Negroes coming into our lines, Newbern, North Carolina, Harper's Weekly, (February 21, 1863), Penn Libraries

The Great Emancipator and the Great Central Fair

On exhibit January 20 - February 27, 2015
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

Exhibition Lecture and Reception
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

Lincoln's Jewish Telegrapher and the Emancipation Proclamation
Lecture by Kathryn Hellerstein, Penn Associate Professor

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 01/20/2015, End: 02/27/2015
Detail of interior photograph of the Gilbert Luber Gallery, ca. 1980s, courtesy of Shirley Luber.

Representing Modern Japan: The Luber Collection of Art Books

On exhibit March 16 - June 12, 2015
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

Exhibition Remarks and Reception
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Current, Start: 03/16/2015, End: 06/12/2015
Detail of Zola-Mouquette: Le Fondement de l'affaire Dreyfus, ca. 1898, Kislak Center

The Image Affair: Dreyfus in the Media, 1894-1906

On exhibit April 13 - August 7, 2015
Kamin Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor

Exhibition Events
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
1:30-3:00pm- Kislak Center Room 627, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Public Conversation between Lorraine Beitler, collector, and Norman L. Kleeblatt, Chief Curator, The Jewish Museum, New York

4:00-7:00pm- Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
2015 Lorraine Beitler Lecture
Art, Print Culture, and Radical Politics, c. 1900 - A symposium
Current, Start: 04/13/2015, End: 08/07/2015
Detail of White-Crowned Pigeon from John James Audubon, The Birds of America, (London, 1827-1838), Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Audubon's Birds of America

On exhibit beginning Friday, May 10, 2013
First floor (next to the Information Desk), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce a new permanent exhibition case devoted to the display of John James Audubon's spectacular Birds of America (1827-38). Penn's double elephant folio set of the Birds was a gift of Edwin H. Vare, Jr. in 1957-59. The page opening from the volume on display will be changed on a monthly basis.

For more information
Current, Start: 05/10/2025, End: 12/25/2025
An illuminated initial L

A Legacy Inscribed:
The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts

On exhibit March 11, 2013-August 16, 2013
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 03/11/2013, End: 08/16/2013

Ormandy in China: The Historic 1973 Tour

On exhibit November 2, 2012 - Late 2014
Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 4th floor
The 1973 tour of China by the Philadelphia Orchestra marked an important milestone in relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China. Following on the heels of Richard Nixon's trip to visit Mao Zedong in 1972, the tour was a successful attempt at cultural diplomacy--the first visit to China by an American orchestra. In recognition of the fortieth anniversary of this historic tour, "Ormandy in China" reexamines the ten-day visit and places the tour in the context of the political and cultural climate of the time.
Recent, Start: 11/02/2014, End: 12/13/2014
Tokuriki Tomikichiro, detail of Ise Uji bashi no zu, View of Uji Bridge at Ise, from the series Seichi shiseki meisho hanga, Woodblock Prints of Famous Sites and Beautiful Spots of our Sacred Land, 1941, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

A Sense of Place:
Modern Japanese Prints in Context

A Symposium—Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Current, Start: 04/16/2015, End: 04/19/2015
Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles in Text and Image exhibition logo

Tomorrow Never Knows:
The Beatles in Text and Image

On exhibit February 27-August 11, 2014
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor
Recent, Start: 02/24/2014, End: 08/11/2014
Kaplan Collection of Judaica logo of a combination steam and sail ship

Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1555 - 1890:
The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica

On exhibit February 18–June 9, 2014
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 02/18/2014, End: 06/09/2014
Photo of overturned lifeboat on which 28 titanic survivors spent the night, from John B. Thayer's The Sinking of the Titanic (Philadelphia, 1940), Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Unpublished Titanic Collection Lands at the Penn Libraries

Tuesday, April 29, 2014; 5:30PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 04/27/2014, End: 04/30/2014
Paint over print image of partially colored Ptolemy map.

Paint over Print:
Hand-Colored Books and Maps of the Early Modern Period

Conference: Thursday, February 19 - Friday, February 20, 2015
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
and the McNeil Center
Recent, Start: 02/18/2015, End: 02/22/2015
7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Collecting Histories

Thursday, November 6 through Saturday, November 8, 2014
Free Library of Philadelphia and
the University of Pennsylvania
The 7th Annual Schoenberg Symposium highlights the work of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts by bringing together scholars and digital humanists whose work concerns the study of provenance and the history of collecting pre-modern manuscripts. The study of provenance is the study of the histories of the book.
Recent, Start: 11/6/2014, End: 11/8/2014
Richard Egieski, detail of original watercolor and ink illustration for Bravo, Minski (ca. 1988), Atha Tehon Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

The School of Atha:
Collaboration in the Making of Children's Books

On exhibit September 8, 2014-March 27, 2015
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor
"The School of Atha: Collaboration in the Making of Children's Books," celebrates the life and work of children's book designer and art director Atha Tehon. The exhibition is based on the collection of her books and papers, including files on books she designed as a freelance book designer, recently given to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by her niece Susan Tehon, supplemented with loans from her family.
Recent, Start: 09/08/2014, End: 03/27/2015
Lynda Diane Brody, detail of digital illustration, William Shakespeare's Birthday party, 2014

Shakespeare's 451st Birthday Party

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Current, Start: 04/20/2015, End: 04/25/2015
William Steig, detail from untitled ink drawing, Steig Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Muriel Pfaelzer Bodek Fund for Library Public Events

Creating Children's Books:
Collaboration and Change

Friday, October 17 - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Creating Children's Books: Collaboration and Change honors the contributions of William Steig and Atha Tehon, two important figures to the world of children's literature during late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. It will explore the creation of children's books from both the writer/illustrator and designer/publisher perspectives, looking at the role of collaboration in the process and considering the future of children's books from various perspectives, including that of diversity.
Recent, Start: 10/17/2014, End: 10/18/2014
Photo of Daedalus Quartet members stand on railroad track junction. Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.
The Penn Libraries and The Department of Music at the University of Pennsylvania Present:

The Daedalus Quartet

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 02/23/2015, End: 02/25/2015
Detail of photograph of various spines of Dialogues with the Dead, courtesy of William Zachs
The A. S. W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

Authenticity and Duplicity: Investigations into Multiple Copies of Books

William Zachs, independent scholar and collector
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Monday, March 16, 2015, 5:30 PM
Perfection and Inperfection: Stories of Duplicates on a Scholar-Collector's Bookshelves

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 5:30 PM
Fortune and Misfortune: Inquiries into the First Editions of Moll Flanders

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5:30 PM
Transparency and Deception: Discoveries of Hidden Irish and Scottish Reprints
Recent, Start: 03/16/2015, End: 03/21/2015
William Steig, watercolor and ink drawing of ancient Greeks looking at classical buildings, Steig Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Mansucripts. Detail of Johnson Forbes-Robertson as the ghost of King Hamlet (photograph, ca. 1900), Furness Theatrical Image Collection, Kislak Center.
HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Curator-Led Tour of Children's Literature Exhibits

Friday, October 31, 2014, 3:00 PM
Tour begins in the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, first floor
Join us for a special guided tour of of our fall exhibitions: As the Ink Flows: Works from the Pen of William Steig and The School of Atha: Collaboration in the Making of Children's Books. Lynne Farrington, Curator of Printed Books at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, will lead the tour.

The Penn Ghost Project 1884-2014:
Studying the Intangible through the Tangible

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00-11:00 AM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Did you know Penn professors have been studying the phenomena of ghosts for the last 130 years? Join faculty members from multiple disciplinary backgrounds to view items from a 1884 College of Arts and Sciences scientific investigation into the belief in ghosts and learn how modern Penn scholars' diverse explorations into history, literature, religious studies, palliative care, and medicine show that ghosts are not simply entities that haunt us, but have been and continue to be economic, social, and medical allies in many different cultures. Registration is encouraged; continental breakfast provided.
Recent, Start: 10/31/2014, End: 11/04/2014