Celebrating National Poetry Month

Story Poems - CountryLife, HannahJane, The Hanging of the Crane

Those of you who follow @PEMLibrary on Twitter know that I have been highlighting poetry from our collections in honor of National Poetry Month.  While writing those tweets I reminisced about the many times I read poetry to my infant daughter; the rhythm of the poems relaxed us during those long nights of teething and to this day, poetry is included in our reading choices.  So, it was enjoyable for me to peruse the collection and find items of interest.  The more I looked for examples for the tweets, the more I realized a blog would also be appropriate to further represent our poetry collection. Read more

Women Artists Provide Winter Interlude

Kitty M. Bradlee Collection, two watercolor floral paintings

Two Watercolor Floral Paintings from Kitty M. Bradlee Collection

Occasionally, I roam through the stacks of our collection to explore what I am not familiar with as a treat after a project has been finished or, in this case, as a small interlude from the challenging winter we have been experiencing.  Since March is Women’s History Month, I decided to search out women artists.  In this posting I would like to share with you the beautiful art that I discovered.

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Sailing Ship Card Collection Open For Research

Dreadnought, Cremorne, and Audubon

Three examples of advertising cards for clipper ships: Dreadnought, Cremorne, and Audubon.

It is exciting to announce that one of my favorite collections at the Phillips Library, MSS 470 – Sailing Ship Card Collection, 1852-1894, 1918, 1990, is now fully processed and open for research.  Processed with funds from the NHPRC, this collection includes 1,295 cards (1,197 of which are unique), printed in the late 19th century between 1850 and 1900.  Ship owners and shipping lines announced the departure of their ships by means of printed cards instead of advertising in newspapers or via broadsides, as they had previously done.  Read more