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
"Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, 1895
It’s finally starting to feel like summer here in the northeast. Schools are out and students around the country are (eagerly!) picking up their summer reading books from their local libraries. This yearly ritual inspired me to pick out a few books from our shelves for a new Summer Reading List display in our reading room. Read more
Irene Axelrod, Head Research Librarian, and Catherine Robertson, Library Reading Room Assistant, wrote the following post about research guides available in the Reading Room.
According to our website, “The Phillips Library collections include approximately 400,000 books, pamphlets, and broadsides; over 2,000 collections of Essex County, Massachusetts, manuscripts, including family papers, institutional and business records, account books, and diaries; and extensive holdings of maps and ephemera.” The sheer quantity of material in our holdings can be overwhelming for researchers of all levels of experience. The Reference and Research staff at the Phillips Library have years of experience working with the astounding materials in our collections and facilitate use of the collections for all patrons.