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The 2002 Philip Hofer Prize for Book and Art Collecting

Katharine Olson

The title page of Chwedlau Gwerin Cymru, Wedi Eu Dethol A’u Haddasu, gan William Rowlands, M.A., Ysgol Ramadeg
An illustration of a mermaid in an old Welsh tale, from Chwedlau Gwerin Cymru, a book of Welsh folk legends. Image by Katharine Olson, reprinted from HLB New Series 14.1 (Spring 2003), p. 12.

The Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art was established by Harvard alumnus Melvin R. Seiden in honor of Philip Hofer, also a Harvard graduate, and founder of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts at Houghton Library and secretary of the Fogg Art Museum.... Read more about The 2002 Philip Hofer Prize for Book and Art Collecting

Among Harvard's Libraries: The Coming Revolution in Knowledge

Michael Crichton

Based on a 1991 address given by novelist Michael Crichton (1942–2008) at the Meeting of the Overseers’ Committee to Visit the Harvard Library, this conversational essay (HLB New Series 3.1, Spring 1992) is at once an autobiographical sketch of how technology impacted his experiences and workflows as a writer; a survey of recent and new technologies available to researchers; and a prediction of how libraries would have to cope with the surge of information made possible by computing and electronic storage. During his long career, Crichton wrote a great many...

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Animal Pleasures: Popular Zoology in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century England

Harriet Ritvo

A wood-cut engraving of a hyena standing on a hill with the silhouettes of two people in the distant background.
Thomas Beckwith (1753–1828). Engraving of a hyena, A general history of quadrupeds (1820). Ernst Mayr Library Special Collections, Harvard University. https://hollis.harvard.edu/primo-explore/fulldisplay?context=L&vid=HVD2&...

In this article (published in HLB 33.3, Summer 1985), Harriet Ritvo writes that prior to the seventeenth century, people’s understanding of animals was highly symbolic and constructed largely through their imaginations... Read more about Animal Pleasures: Popular Zoology in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century England