Getting To Know the Ropes Family through the Books

Over the past several months, the Phillips Library has shared in the excitement of discovering the stories of the Ropes family in preparation for the reopening of the Ropes Mansion on May 23rd—after the recent restoration of the interior. Here, I’ll share some highlights uncovered during the cataloging of the Ropes family book collection.

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What’s On My Cart?

Last month we introduced a new series we’re calling “What’s on my cart?” with a spotlight on Sarah Jennette’s cart of books to be cataloged.  As a reference librarian, the items on my cart are pulled not because they need to be cataloged, but because our patrons or staff have requested them.  Items on my cart range from books, and photographs, to manuscript folders and boxes, broadsides, and other odds and ends needed by our constituents. Read more

Celebrating Mothers

Motherhood and Maternité Etchings

Etchings: Left, Motherhood; Right, Maternité, Arthur William Heintzelman, Etcher : An Appreciation of the Man and His Work with an Authoritative List of His Etchings

Recently, Creative Services asked me to provide images of mothers and children to highlight a Mother’s Day Brunch announcement in the May/June issue of Connections, the members’ magazine published by PEM.  Many options were found, all of which provided beautiful representations of motherhood.  While looking for these images, I could not resist the pull to identify selections in our print collection that honor mothers – thus, this blog post began to take shape.  Being the mother of a daughter adopted more than thirty-five years ago has been my greatest joy – it is my pleasure to share these images and texts with you. Read more