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The Transcription Project: Adventures in Western Americana

Last summer, Princeton University researchers set out to transcribe and explore some of the Princeton Collections of the American West’s under-catalogued nineteenth-century manuscripts. Professor of History Martha A.

Lovely Loons

Is there anything more beautiful then the sound of a loon calling? How about the fact that they carry their chicks on their backs when the little ones need a rest?

This Week in Princeton History for September 13-19

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a student experiences culture shock, the campus mourns the death of William McKinley, and more. September 15, 1813—Philadelphia’s Tickler reports on the college life of Nathaniel B.

A Primer for Passing as a Good Girl: Tales for Perfect Children (1985) by Florence Parry Heide

This worldly little chapter book could have only been written by an adult like an elementary school teacher with a great deal of experience blocking children’s underhanded exercise of  agency.   Florence Parry Heide (1919-2011) had the requisite qualifications, as the …

First Draft, Part Deux

We're back! And we're getting the ball rolling on a new programming year, which hopefully will involve seeing our amazing little patrons in person again!

This Week in Princeton History for September 6-12

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, the alum who chose Princeton’s colors passes away, a local quarantine is in place, and more.

Crocodiles Ready for Their Closeups

The number of crocodiles and alligators in picture books have proliferated over the last few years for no obvious reason.  Increasing the representation of reptiles might be a good thing if we think their stories should be told alongside those …

This Week in Princeton History for August 30-September 5

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a professor finds a forgotten treasure trove of microfilm, a member of the Class of 1895 gives the Princeton University Library a collection of significant signatures, and more.

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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), Quarter day, or clearing the premisses without consulting your landlord, January 30, 1814. Hand colored etching. Gift of Dickson Q. Brown, Princeton University Class of 1895.

Joseph Low, word and image

Corresponding with artists can often mean translating decorative words and images into simple sentences.

Life at Benfolly

“All the adults were writing books…” “Life at Benfolly” by Janice Biala documents the summer of 1937 when Biala and her partner Ford Madox Ford spent two months at Benfolly, Allen Tate’s farm on the Cumberland River outside Clarksville, Tennessee.

Perry’s “Narrative” and the battle between its printers

Scene showing Wilhelm Heine (1827-1885), official artist for Matthew Perry’s Narrative of the Expedition, sketching top center.   Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858).

West Meets East: Japanese Themes in Princeton’s Graphic Arts of the Late 19th Century

If you spend as much time immersed in the University Archives as I do, at times you will see intriguing patterns emerge.

Color separation for Scribner’s Magazine 1905

The beautiful color illustrations in Scribner’s Magazine were of course thanks in part to the artist of the original painting or drawing but much credit also goes to the artist who did the color separations for each tone or section of the picture.

This Week in Princeton History for August 23-29

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, dog-powered butter churns are available locally, Princeton University celebrates an alum’s achievement in a new way, and more.