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Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts: Summer 2015

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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
Recent, Start: 08/22/2014, End: 12/19/2014
Ludwig Bemelmans, detail of cover mock-up for Madeline, ca. 1939, Jean Johnson Kislak Collection, Copyright Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC
© L. Bemelmans, LLC

Covered with Vines: The Many Talents of Ludwig Bemelmans

On exhibit August 21 - December 21, 2015
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

Exhibition Remarks and Reception
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 500 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
***Registration will go live for this event on August 31st. Registration will be required.***
Current, Start: 08/21/2015, End: 12/21/2015

"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

Savoy Company Performance—Homecoming Weekend
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 2:00-3:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
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
Angela Lorenz, detail of mosaic Victorious Secret (2013-2013), Angela Lorenz

Victorious Secret:
Entertaining Notions of Elite Ideals for Women, 300 AD

Exhibition viewing
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM
Education Commons
George A. Weiss Pavilion in Franklin Field, 33rd Street between Walnut and Spruce

Artist talk with Angela Lorenz
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Coming, Start: 10/20/2015, End: 02/16/2016
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
Recent, Start: 03/16/2015, End: 06/12/2015
Detail of of Campaign flag reading Lincoln and Hamlin, (1860) Gordon Block Collection of Lincolniana, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

The Civil War: An Ephemeral Lens into the Life and Times

On exhibit September 21, 2015 - March 21, 2016
Kamin Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor

Exhibition Remarks and Reception
Friday, October 9, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Coming, Start: 09/21/2015, End: 03/21/2016
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
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
Recent, 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
8th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Picking up the Pieces

Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14, 2015
Free Library of Philadelphia and
the University of Pennsylvania
For more information and registration. Registration will open September 15, 2015.
Coming, Start: 11/12/2015, End: 11/14/2015
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
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
Recent, Start: 04/20/2015, End: 04/25/2015
Cover of Sam Young's A Chef and His City (2015)

Remembering Chef Fritz,
Guiding Star of Philadelphia's Restaurant Renaissance

Monday, June 1, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 05/20/2015, End: 06/01/2015
Detail from a Sicilian medical miscellany (15th century), Ms Codex 1649, Kislak Center.
The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies-Herbert-D. Katz Center Fellowship
in Jewish Manuscript Studies and the David B. Ruderman Distinguished Fellowship Lecture

Tales of Three texts: The Judaeo-Arabic and
Hebrew Medical Text in UPenn MS Codex 1649

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 5:15 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Coming, Start: 09/02/2015, End: 09/04/2015
Rev. Joseph Benjamin McCaul, detail of illustration from Pen and Pencil Sketches (1886), Ms. Coll. 918, Kislak Center
Philly Archives Month Event

The Paper Menagerie:
Animals on the Page in the Kislak Center's Special Collections

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Coming, Start: 10/10/2015, End:10/16/2015
Typeset - Let us go then, you and I
Selections from the Erwin K. and Carol Welsch T.S. Eliot Collection

"Let us go then, you and I"
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the publication of T.S. Eliot's
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

On exhibit June 1 - July 10, 2015
Behind the Rittenhouse Orrery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 06/01/2015, End: 06/30/2015
Detail of bookplate of Eugene Morris Pharo (1893-1945), Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

This Book Belongs to...
Provenance Marks and Book Ownership through the Centuries

On exhibit October 5 -December 8, 2015
Behind the Rittenhouse Orrery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Coming, Start: 10/05/2015, End: 12/08/2015
Ben Franklin image

Keystone Digital Humanities Conference

July 22-24, 2015
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 07/22/2015, End: 07/24/2015
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 - A Symposium

Friday, October 17 - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
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
Illuminated Capital D from Liber ethimologiarum (13th century), LJS 184, Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection. Detail of Pirates of Penzance poster (1967), Savoy Company Collection, Kislak Center Ludwig Bemelmans, detail of cover mock-up for Madeline (ca. 1939), Jean Johnson Kislak Collection, B) Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC
HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Authors in the Archives

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:30-10:30 AM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Penn faculty panelists Emily Steiner, Zachary Lesser, and J.C. Cloutier will discuss how faculty and students incorporate the Penn Libraries' vast and rich resources into their teaching and research. An exhibit of rare materials will also be on view in the Henry Charles Lea Library.

Readings of Madeline Books

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:45-11:45 AM
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
In conjunction with the exhibit Covered with Vines: The Many Talents of Ludwig Bemelmans, Kislak Center Director Will Noel and exhibit curator Daniel Traister will read several selections from the beloved children's book collection Madeline. Milk and cookies will be available during this family friendly event.

Savoy Company Performance

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 2:00-3:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
The Savoy Company of Philadelphia will perform highlights from the productions of Gilbert and Sullivan. A reception will follow in the Eugene Ormandy Gallery where the exhibit "Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy," featuring the Savoy Company's archival materials, is on display.

Homecoming Gallery Hop

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 4:00-6:00 PM
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Join us for a special guided tour of Covered with Vines: The Many Talents of Ludwig Bemelmans during Penn's Homecoming Weekend Gallery Hop. Exhibit curator Daniel Traister will lead the tour.
Coming, Start: 11/06/2015, End: 11/08/2015