Altered States: Sex, Drugs, and Transcendence in the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library

September 5 – December 16, Edison and Newman Room

Altered States celebrates one collector’s quest to document the history of the human search for something beyond the limits of ordinary experience. Explore the social impact of the different paths taken in the hope of achieving transcendence—opium, cocaine, hallucinogens, marijuana, sex, and social protest—through a display of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, posters, prints, comics, and ephemera.

The Russian Revolution: Actors and Witnesses in Harvard Library Collections

September 6 – December 21, Amy Lowell Room

The Russian Revolution has been called the most momentous event of the last century. To mark its centennial, Houghton Library presents an exhibit showcasing original documents from the period, assembled from its own holdings as well as those of other Harvard Library collections. Highlights include handwritten notes by Lenin, and photographs and manuscripts of journalist John Reed. Together, these striking artifacts tell the story of the Revolution's leaders, their opponents, the thousands of ordinary people they mobilized, and the American expatriates who witnessed these events first-hand.

Guido Adler: Father of Musicology

September 11 – December 19, Chaucer Case

This fall sees Harvard launch a new curriculum for undergraduate music study. The small exhibit marks the beginning of the new era of the University’s music concentration by re-examining the origins of musicology through the working papers of Guido Adler (1855-1941), an Austrian scholar, writer, critic, and key player in establishing the study of sound as a scholarly pursuit.

William Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography: Salted Paper Prints from the Harrison D. Horblit Collection

September 8 – October 14, Keats Room

This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see a dozen original photographs from the earliest days of photography on paper, as invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in late-1830s England and practiced by him and a circle of friends in the 1840s and 1850s. Also included are early photographs of manuscripts and printed books in the collection of the famous British bibliophile Sir Thomas Phillipps. Prone to fading already in their day due to the experimental techniques used to create them, these light sensitive prints are on view for five weeks only.

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