Recently, when I was searching the shelves for the latest reading room display of Summer Reading Books, I discovered several volumes of Walt Whitman poetry. Two of the original owners of our books on Whitman lived in the late 1800s. A side-by-side comparison of these owners’ copies shows that they had vastly different experiences with Whitman’s poems. The first reader physically removed dozens of pages from his own book, and the second went out of her way to republish and promote the poet’s work. Read more
A Lane at Vez, watercolor by Samuel Chamberlain, undated
One of my favorite manuscript collections in the Phillips Library is that of Samuel V. Chamberlain, noted artist and photographer. Early in his life, while living in Europe, he sketched all that he saw and later in life, he traveled all over New England, photographing homes and local landmarks.