The Clog

Farquhar's Vision: Original Plans for the Clark

Published: September 13, 2013

We recently had a request from another campus department for access to our collection of original plans (many of them drawn or prepared by architect Robert D. Farquhar) for the Library’s construction.  Most of the staff had never had the chance to see all of them, if any, and it was a great excuse to…

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A Suffolk Treasure in California

Published: August 23, 2013

    In 2009, we posted a Clog article about an elaborately made manuscript version of a wedding sermon  in our collection.  Last year, history columnist John Blatchly wrote in detail about our manuscript in his weekly column for the East Anglian Daily Times.  This week he sent us a scan of the article and we…

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A Hybrid Book: Print to Manuscript

Published: August 14, 2013

The Clark Library has a number of printed books that are very heavily annotated. They are so heavily annotated, in fact, that the weight of the hand-drawn ink seeps into your eyes as you contemplate the very nature of the object as a printed book or manuscript. Here is a two-page spread toward the beginning…

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French Theater at the Clark

Published: July 31, 2013

From Reading Room Assistant Becky Ruud In 2012, the Clark acquired a collection of 548 French plays. These plays were lovingly bound in 42 volumes between 1814-1819. However, the ordering of the volumes seems to have no discernible pattern. The collection includes plays from the 1780s through the early 19th century, although the majority of…

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Montana, Through the Stereoscope

Published: July 24, 2013

From Nicoletta Beyer, Reading Room Assistant In the less-travelled aisle of the library stacks known for its Montana Collection, I found a tan, medium-sized box. Inside the box live about fifty stereoviews alongside the original housing, a box with the title “Montana: Through the Stereoscope”. These early twentieth century stereoviews vary from sepia-toned rural landscapes…

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New Acquisition from the London Book Fair: Oscar Wilde Lecture in Dublin, 1883

Published: July 15, 2013

From Head Librarian Gerald Cloud Last month’s London Book Fair provided the Clark with some choice new acquisitions, including a rare first hand account of Oscar on the podium. The letter, seen below, was written by Hannah Ann Robinson, latter known by her married name, Nannie Florence Dryhurst, 1856-1930. Written to her future husband, Alfred…

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An Exhibition in Six Courses: Opening party!

Published: July 8, 2013

Thank you to all who were able to come to last Tuesday’s opening for our current exhibition, An Exhibition in Six Courses: Testing Recipes from the Clark’s Manuscript Collection!  In addition to the debut of the exhibit itself, the opening also featured the tasting of a Nottingham Ale brewed by UCLA PhD candidate and Clark researcher…

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Congrats & Bye, Kathleen!

Published: June 25, 2013

Congratulations to Kathleen McSweeney, one our long-standing and dedicated library assistants, who graduated from UCLA with her MLIS degree in June! Kathleen came to the Clark with experience working at the Palomar College Library and in Resource Sharing (ILL) at CSU, San Marcos. Here at the Clark, Kathleen was most passionate about our Edgar Allen…

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Good-bye and Good Luck!

Published: June 17, 2013

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, our interns were invited to participate in the quarterly CFPRT presentations on campus. The Center for Primary Research and Training is a program in the Young Research Library that introduces graduate students to the world of archival processing. The other five presenters were PhD candidates in disciplines that ranged from…

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New Acquisitions: The Grand Tour of Louis-Benjamin Fleuriau de Bellevue, 1788-1791

Published: June 11, 2013

From Head Librarian Gerald Cloud Fresh off the boat from the continent is this fabulous collection of eighteenth century science, travel, and culture, comprising twenty manuscript notebooks and journals of more than 1,150 pages describing Louis-Benjamin Fleuriau de Bellevue’s Grand Tour of France and Italy, 1788-1791. Fleuriau de Bellevue was a mineralogist and geologist whose…

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