Category Archives: Special Collections

“Fanny, You Look Very Nicely Indeed. What Have You Got On?”

“A woman can never be too fine while she is all in white.” So Edmund Bertram said to Fanny Price when complementing her on her dress, in a scene from Jane Austen’s 1814 novel, Mansfield Park. Now I understand the … Continue reading

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How Did Mr. Sedgwick’s Dog Stand Still For That?

When a railway line was proposed for the Lake District in 1844, William Wordsworth was beside himself. Thoughts of trains intruding on the area’s natural beauty — and uncertainty about the moral character of the strangers they carried — were … Continue reading

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Grow Your Knowledge Of Mary Gardens

A Book of Hours is a beautiful thing. Vivid colors, miniature paintings and hand-lettered texts make these little medieval prayer books extraordinary works of art.   Study the decorative borders framing this devotional text from the collection of The Cloisters … Continue reading

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For Those With An Independent Will To See Haworth, Start Your Charlotte Brontë Pilgrimage At The Morgan Library

There it was — a two-piece cotton and wool day dress printed with blue flowers, leaves and tendrils, with slightly puffed sleeves and mother-of-pearl and brass buttons. A pair of cloth ankle boots with leather toe caps stood beside it. … Continue reading

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What Monk Knew How To Use Words And Images To Sell His Brand?

For months, I’ve been anticipating the arrival of two tantalizing exhibitions at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. Word and Image: Martin Luther’s Reformation was one of them. My travels through Germany have taken me on a … Continue reading

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Literature Lures At Rosy Brook’s Philadelphia Home

 2010 Delancey Place loomed as large on the map as my free time was small. How quickly could my feet take me to this Philadelphia destination revered by special collections librarians? After all, it was almost Bloomsday — the celebration … Continue reading

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Say “Halloa, Old Girl!” To Grip The Raven

“Ian Fleming, best known for his James Bond series, also authored what popular children’s book?”  “Which flamboyant, bon vivant author arrived at New York customs and stated, ‘I have nothing to declare but my genius.’”  “Which legendary basketball player has … Continue reading

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