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Calendar of Events

2015-2016 Events

Princeton Bibliophiles and Collectors Group: Meets the 3rd Sunday of each month during the academic year. The next meeting will be on 20 September 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in East Pyne 111.

Brown Bag Lunches: Scholars who have received Library Research Grants talk about their work at "brown bag" lunches announced from time to time, to which all are welcome. If you wish to receive the e-mail announcements for the Brown Bag Lunches, please e-mail Linda Oliveira at

Exhibition: "WPRB: A Haven for the Creative Impulse"
Location: Seeley G. Mudd Manusript Library
Date: On view through June 3, 2016
Hours: See

Lecture: “Lettering Large: Art and Design of Monumental Typography”
Mirko Ilić
Date and Time:
24 September 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Friend Center 101
Reception to follow

FPUL Fall Council Meeting
Sunday, 18 October 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Friend Center, Room number TBA

Fall Dinner
Professor Jeff Nunokawa will give the talk “Dante or Puppies: Must We Choose?---The Great Books and Social Media”
Date: Sunday, 18 October 2015
Time: 5:45 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Location: Friend Center Convocation Room
Reservations are required. Call Linda Oliveira at 609-258-3155 for more information.

Annual Small Talks series of lectures


Highlights of Past Years

The Friends of the Princeton University Library sponsor a variety of events and activities throughout the academic year, and many available exclusively for members. Friends receive event calendars twice a year, as well as invitations to exhibition openings, dinners, and other special events. A list of past Friends events is below.

Highlights of 2014-2015

Concert: Les Plaisirs de Versailles: Music for the Court of Louis XIV
Hail and Farewell: Celebration of William H. Scheide's Gift of his Library to Princeton University
Annual Dinner with Sylvia Jukes Morris

"Nova Cæsarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State 1666-1888"
"Versailles on Paper: A Graphic Panorama of the Palace and Gardens of Louis XIV"

“Defining the Nation”
The Sun King’s Garden

Highlights of 2013-2014

"A Question and Answer Session with Woody Allen"
Annual Dinner: With featured guest A Scott Berg '71
Curatorial Talks

"Egyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed ‘Ali Ibrahim al-Nasr"
"Building the House of Knowledge." The Graduate College Centennial"
"From a Thankful Nation: Latin American Orders and Medals from the Robert L. Ross Collection at Princeton University"

"The Painterly "Still" in Modern Egyptian, Iranian, and Turkish Visual Cultures"
“Defining the Nation”


This year's speakers included Maria DiBattista, Michael Wood, Achilleas Antoniade, Tracy K. Smith, W. Michael Blumenthal

Highlights of 2012-2013

Bus Tour: "Literary Landmarks of Princeton" Website: "Literary Landmarks of Princeton
Conversations with Curators and Conservators
Annual Dinner: With featured guest James A. Baker, III Speaking on "Global Issues"

"Noah's Art: Designing Arks for Children "
"The Election for Woodrow Wilson’s America "
"First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps" exhibition website.
"Your True Friend and Enemy’: Princeton and the Civil War"
 "Into the Woods: A Bicentennial Celebration of the Brothers Grimm"
"George Frideric Handel’s three-act opera Berenice"
"A Republic in the Wilderness: Treasures of American History from Jamestown to Apomattox"

"Woodrow Wilson’s Journey to the White House", given by A. Scott Berg '71
“Innovation and Inertia in Thematic Mapping: Examples from Atmospheric and Census Cartography”
“The Civil War and the Transformation of America”
“The First United States: From the Revolution to the Civil War ”

This year's speakers included Diana Henriques, James P. Arthur, Jean Korelitz, Nancy W. Malkiel, Anne-Marie Slaughter

Highlights of 2011-2012

Performance by artist Werner Pfeiffer, who built his book sculpture, Out of the Sky
Concert by The Practitioners of Musick: "Hogarth and his Musical Friends"
Book Adoption Party
Annual Dinner with Kati Marton

"George Segal: Sculptor as Photographer"
"Sin and the City: William Hogarth's London"
"She Flourishes": Chapters in the History of Princeton Women"
"Gwen John Watercolors Rediscovered"
"A Fine Addition: New and Notable Acquisitions in Princeton's Special Collections"
"Capping Liberty: the Invention of a Numismatic Iconography for the New American Republic"
"Alan Turing and Early Computing at Princeton"

"George Segal: Sculptor as Photographer"
"A Midnight Modern Conversation"
"Observational and Imaginary Anatomy"
"Transformations in Numismatic Iconography during the American Revolution"

"Transforming Childhood Memories of War and Displacement into Art"


This year's speakers included Barbara B. Oberg, Evan Thomas, and Joel Smith

Highlights of 2010-2011

Morven Tour of "The Kennedys | Portrait of a Family: Photographs by Richard Avedon"
Annual Winter Dinner with Colm Toibin
Conversations with Curators event

"Little Lord Fauntleroy Comes to Princeton"
"Money on Paper: An Exhibition of Bank Notes and Related Graphic Arts"
"Strait Through: Magellan to Cook & the Pacific"
"The Cracked Lookingglass: Highlights From The Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose Writers"

“What Happened to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Harry Potter?: The Rise and Fall of a Nineteenth-Century Children’s Classic” given by Professor U. C. Knoepflmacher *61
"The Art of Bank Note Engraving" given by Mark D. Tomasko
"Ferdinand Magellan: Then and Now" given by Laurence Bergreen
"The Library of Dust: On Antiquarianism and Other Lost Things" given by Stephen Enniss

"The Cracked Lookingglass" Lectures and readings featuring novelists and critics John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, R.F. Foster, Jennifer Johnston, Claire Keegan, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Belinda McKeon, Colm Tóibín and Deborah Treisman and Princeton faculty Paul Muldoon and Michael Wood.

This year's speakers included James Steward, Leonard Barkan, and Judith Weisenfeld

Highlights of 2009-2010

Annual Winter Dinner with Mark Dimunation
Book Adoption Event
Recital with The Practitioners of Musick

"Liberty & the American Revolution: Selections from the Collection of Sid Lapidus ’59"
“‘The Best Old Place of All’: Treasures From the Princeton University Archives”
"Imagerie populaire: French Illustrated Broadsides for Children in the Cotsen Children's Library"
“‘The Author’s Portrait: “O, could he but have drawne his Wit”
"From the Collection of Henry Wendt ’55: Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps 1472-1700"

“Popular Prints for Children…and Everyone Else” given by Patricia Mainardi
“The Ideal Pencil: Poetry, Portraiture, and Prejudice”given by Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
“Galileo: The Starry Messenger” given by Eileen Reeves

Highlights of 2008-2009

Tour of Morven’s exhibit “Picturing Princeton 1783: The Nation’s Capital”
Symposium – “Arts of the East-Byzantine Studies in Princeton”
Annual Winter Dinner with Tavis Smiley
Library Roadshow - more information can be found at

“Honoring Secretary of State John Foster Dulles: The Centennial of His Princeton Graduation”
“The Greek Book from Papyrus to Printing”
“Sketching Their Characters: 150 Years of Political Cartoons”
"Egypt Unveiled: The Mission of Napoleon's Savants"
"Beauty & Bravado in Japanese Woodblock Prints: Highlights from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection Given in Honor of Dale Roylance "
"Liberty & the American Revolution: Selections from the Collection of Sid Lapidus ’59"

“Greek Books and their Readers: From Antiquity to the Renaissance” given by Prof. Anthony Grafton
“Sketching Their Characters: 150 Years of Political Cartoons” given by David Greenberg
"The Truth is Our Weapon: The Rhetorical Diplomacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles" given by Chris Tudda
"All the Art that's Fit to Print (and some that wasn't): Inside the New York Times Op-Ed Page" given by Jerrelle Kraus
"Making Pictures for the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Artists and Publishers" given by Julie Davis

Highlights of 2007-2008

· Trip to Philadelphia and Delaware to visit the Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts Co., Winterthur, and the University of Delaware Library
·Book Adoption Party Fundraiser - Photographs and other information can be found at
·Annual Winter Dinner

·"El Taller de Gráfica Popular: The Workshop for Popular Graphic Art"
·"Capturing China, 1913 - 1929: Photographs, Films, and Letters of Diplomat John van Antwerp MacMurray"
·"Numismatics in the Renaissance"
·"Notre livre”: À toute épreuve: A Collaboration between Joan Miró and Paul Éluard"

·"Paul DuChaillu and the 'Discovery' of the Gorilla or The Science Behind 'King Kong'", given by Robert McCracken Peck
·"The Surrealist Artist's Book: Beyond the Page”, given by Elza Adamowiez

· "Writers, Editors, and Literary Magazines, 1947-2007: A Conversation in Honor of "The Hudson Review"
· "The Rebirth of Antiquity: Numismatics, Archaeology, and Classical Studies in the Culture of the Renaissance"

·This year's speakers included David H. Orr '95, James Axtell, A. Scott Berg '71, Julian Zelizer, Sophie Gee


Highlights of 2006-2007

· Trip to New York for behind-the-scenes tour of the Morgan Library and the private library of Sid Lapidus
·Annual Winter Dinner: A Tribute to Lynne and Bob Fagles
·Cotsen Pajama Party

·"Players and Painted Stage: the Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Theater"
·"Sharpening the Subtle Knife: Cutting New Paths Through Children's Literature"

·"Players and Painted Stage: the Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Theater"
·"Boris Godunov"
·"To The Mountains of the Moon: Mapping African Exploration, 1541-1880"

·This year's speakers were D. Graham Burnett, Prof. John Fleming, and Phyllis Billington

Highlights of 2005-2006

· Trips to Philadelphia and Washington, DC for behind-the-scenes tours, and tours of private libraries
·A Book in the Works: The Arts in Book Production Lecture and Workshop Series
· Treasures of the Princeton University Library: On Display by the Curators Who Collect and Care for Them
·Annual Winter Dinner with Paul Muldoon and C.K. Williams
· Monthly Book Collectors meetings

· "The Lure of the Library: The Friends at 75"
·"Lessons in Roman Epigraphy: Princeton's Lateran Epitaphs"
·"O, What a Place for a Lake: The Centenial of the Construction of Loch Carnegie"
·"Framing the Frontier: Photographers and the American West, 1850-1920"
· "Wonderful Stories for Pictures: H.C. Andersen and His Illustrators"

· Hidden but not Forgotten: The Legacy of Hans Christian Andersen in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries"
·"Framing the Frontier: A Day of Lectures in Honor of Alfred L. Bush"

·This year's speakers were Sean Wilentz, John Sacret Young '69, Robert P. George, Daniel T. Rogers, Emily Mann, Anthony T. Grafton, Steven Mackey, Donald C. Skemer.

Highlights of 2004-2005

Lecture: Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison opened the Friends’ 75 th Anniversary celebration on April 3d with a lecture entitled "Overdue: A Writer's Debt; a Reader's Interest," followed by a dinner at Prospect House.

Exhibition and gallery talk : "Derso & Kelen: cartoons & caricatures"

Film: "The Lost Generation," introduced by Professor Maria DiBattista (Fast-Talking Dames)

A lecture by Professor Simon Morrison about his team's recreation of Serge Prokofiev's 1925 ballet, Le Pas D’Acier, staged at the Roger S. Berlind Theater at Princeton University.

Exhibition and gallery talk: “Portraits Of The Lost Generation"

Small talks:

  • Susan Naquin, "In Search of Old Peking."
  • David Maraniss, “Reflections On Vietnam And Its Lessons For Iraq."
  • Landon Y. Jones, Jr., "William Clark And The Shaping Of The West."

Highlights of 2003-2004

· Trips to Philadelphia and Baltimore for behind-the-scenes tours, and tours of private libraries
· Tour of literary landmarks of Princeton
· Private Tour of the Scheide Library conducted by William H. Scheide '36 and his librarian, Paul Needham
· One day Scheide Bible Exhibition
· Annual Winter Dinner Robert Caro on Lyndon Johnson (2002) and Harold Shapiro on libraries and collecting (2003), and Frank Deford on the sports industry (2004)
· Monthly Book Collectors meetings

· "Preserving Works on Paper"
·"Collecting" and "Preserving Family Heirlooms" (with the Historical Society of Princeton)

· Anthony T. Grafton, Edward H. Tenner, and James Axtell on Woodrow Wilson
· Barbara Baden on 20th Century Children's Books
· Colin Powell and John Lewis Gaddis on George Kennan
· Nell Irvin Painter, Jean and Robert Hollander, Samuel Hynes
· Illustrated lecture on aviation with past president of the Tuskegee Airmen’s Assn.

· Middle Earth Theater at Communiversity
· Chinese Bookbinding Workshop
· Visiting authors and storytellers
· Young Curators program and Cotsen Players theater productions
· Conference: “Under Fire: Childhood in the Shadow of War”

·“Brave New World: 20th Century Children's Books from the Cotsen Children's Library.”
·“Woodrow Wilson at Princeton: The Path to the Presidency.”
·“The Life and Times of George F. Kennan: A Centennial Exhibition.”
·“Jonathan Edwards: The Life of a Master Preacher.”
·“The Romance of Flight”
·“Of Maps and Men: In Pursuit of a Northwest Passage”
·“The Bible in English: Before and After the Hampton Court Conference, 1604”

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