Ask any librarian and they will tell you that every book has something that makes it “special.” Here at the Phillips Library our shelves are filled with books that are rare and unique in myriad ways. Some are signed by the author or a notable owner. Some are centuries old and have survived unknown trials. Some are the only known copy in the United States, or even the world. And some are special in part because of their size. This post will look at some of our smallest books. Read more
Gammon holding his camera at Shan-hai-kwan, the eastern end of the Great Wall. Sept 1908.
Thirty-nine boxes of photographs of China in the Phillips Library’s Ward Collection, with a total of 1,475 black-and-white silver gelatin prints (3.25 x 5 inches) are now identified as the work of Charles Frederick Gammon (1870-1926), the Superintendent of Colportage for the American Bible Society, in northern China at the beginning of the twentieth century. When I was assigned the work of providing an inventory of the photographs in these boxes, that were basically untouched materials buried in the huge Ward Collection of Chinese books and photographs, I had no idea that they were the work of one person. Nor would I imagine that I would be able find Hannah Warren, the great-grand daughter of Gammon at the end of my research work.
A 2011 exhibition event for the East India Marine Associates in East India Marine Hall. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.
George Schwartz will be presenting “Collecting a History of the Globe: New Perspectives on the East India Marine Society” on October 6th from 12:00pm-1:00pm. This talk is included with museum admission.
Reflecting on a visit to East India Marine Hall, a museum patron noted:
“To walk around this room was to circumnavigate the globe.”