Racha Kirakosian

Assistant Professor of German and the Study of Religion Prayer book for Easter Medingen, 15th century This Northern German Easter prayerbook was among the first manuscripts that I saw and worked with in my teaching at Harvard. It forms part of a larger collection of the Cistercian nuns of Medingen,

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Christie McDonald

Smith Professor of French Language and Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature Ann Eisner Putnam Beauty Salon, 1956 Anne Eisner, a New York painter and my aunt, lived at the edge of the Ituri rain forest from 1946-58 (now Africa’s DRC). Working on her archive for publication of Images of

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Michael Canfield

Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Theodore Roosevelt Excelsior Diary 1909 This 1909 safari diary was the inspiration for my study of Theodore Roosevelt’s field notes. I had learned that many of Roosevelt’s field notes were housed in Houghton Library, and when I began to review this document I realized

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Kate van Orden

Dwight P. Robinson Jr. Professor of Music Josquin des Prez Missa Di Dadi Fossombrone, 1514 This rare partbook probably survived thanks to the charming dice featured in Josquin’s Missa di dadi, which show singers in which proportion to render the Tenor part (also realized just below). The melody comes from

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Elaheh Kheirandish

Postdoctoral Associate of the Department of History of Art and Architecture Alhazen Opticae Thesaurus Basel, 1572 This printed edition of the Latinized Optics of Ibn al-Haytham, the eleventh-century scientific author in Arabic known in Europe as Alhazen and Alhacen after his first name Al-Hasan, has been prominent in my teaching

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Laurel Ulrich

300th Anniversary Professor The Ladies of Llangollen To Lady Frances Douglas 1788 In 1778, Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler made history by running away together to a remote cottage in Wales, where they became known as “The Ladies of Llangollen.” Ten years later they tucked a hand-lettered book and delicate

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Carol Oja

William Powell Mason Professor of Music.  Bert Williams advertising blotter, Boston, 1920 Billed as “America’s Greatest Comedian,” the African American performer Bert Williams (1874-1922) emerged out of minstrelsy to achieve extraordinary success on stage. His career was defined by Jim Crow segregation. Yet Williams disrupted racial barriers to headline otherwise

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Richard J. Tarrant

Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature Horace. Works Italy, 10th century The poetry of Horace (65-8 BCE) was immensely popular in the Middle Ages: more than 800 manuscripts survive, of which the Houghton copy is by far the oldest in the Western hemisphere. The pages on display contain

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Joseph Connors

Professor of History of Art and Architecture. Gilles-Marie Oppenord Recueil de plusieurs morceaux d’architecture des differents maistres italiens Rome, 1698 Gilles-Marie Oppenord, “génie vaste & fécond,” the great decorator architect of the French Regency, went to Rome at age twenty and spent seven formative years there from 1692 to 1699.

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Scene from The Miracle Worker

Sample Houghton Exhibition Item

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