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Introducing the Plant Humanities Lab

Gouache painting of a purple and yellow orchid, labeled "Paphinia Grandis."
Caroline Maschek (1857–1938), Paphinia grandis, Columbien, Rchb. Fil., 1885, 24 x 31.5 cm, gouache on tinted Bristol paper, dated “Janner 885.” Photo credit: Joseph Mills.

Humans rely on plants for our most fundamental individual and social needs: from food, medicine, and construction, to aesthetic pleasure and the solace brought by our encounters with them in the natural world. Although we think of plants as rooted in place, their global travels over the millennia offer fascinating pathways into the past and illuminate some of the most burning issues of today, including legacies of colonial violence and displacement.... Read more about Introducing the Plant Humanities Lab

Washington Writing in the Archival Space of Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s The Linwoods (1835)

 

I find myself in the situation nearly of a new beginner; for, although I have not houses to build (except one, which I must erect for the accommodation and security of my military, civil, and private papers, which are voluminous and may be interesting), yet I have scarcely any thing else about me, that does not require considerable repairs.... Read more about Washington Writing in the Archival Space of Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s The Linwoods (1835)

Why George Washington’s Library Is Not at Harvard

A black-and-white early photograph of Gore Hall, a large Gothic structure with four corner turrets, with trees in the foreground.
Joseph P. Cooke, IV, "Gore Hall, Harvard Yard," 1844. Demolished in 1913, Gore Hall was on the site of the present-day Widener Library (Harvard Fine Arts Library, Digital Images and Slides Collection 1980.10382, http://id.lib.harvard.edu/images/olvwork245299/catalog).

Introduction

In 1991, at the opening of an exhibition to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Houghton Library, Roger Stoddard related “How Harvard Didn’t Get Its Rare Books and Manuscripts”—why Harvard has no library of medieval manuscripts... Read more about Why George Washington’s Library Is Not at Harvard

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