A Bibliographic Prank; The Arthur Szyk Haggadah; Eight New Digital Collections in SearchWorks
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ReMix: The Stanford University Libraries Newsletter
    July 2014 – Issue 78
 


‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank

‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank
 
In January of his senior year at Stanford, Mike Munger, Class of ’62, and two co-conspiratorial students from his fraternity, Dave Commons and Pete Richardson, hacked (in a pre-technological sense) Green Library’s card catalogue and thus launched a prank on the Libraries which went partially unnoticed for decades and wasn’t entirely understood until Munger recently sent a full explanation to University Librarian Mike Keller.


The Arthur Szyk Haggadah

The Bread of Affliction (detail). Matzah is the unleavened bread that is eaten at the seder and throughout the Passover holiday. Szyk's characteristically ornate style in lettering and design are featured here. Photo credit:  The Szyk Haggadah - Gallery of Images.
 
Zachary M. Baker, the Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections and the Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development – Humanities and Social Sciences, reports on a treasure recently donated to the Stanford Libraries: the Premier edition of the Szyk Haggadah, published in Burlingame by Historicana in 2008.


Eight New Digital Collections in SearchWorks

Caroline Batchelor Map Collection. Afrique / gravé par Laguillermie ; illustré par Raimond Bonheur ; géographie et statistique de V. Levasseur. 1850.
 
Among the newly available digital collections are: the Caroline Batchelor Map Collection; the Dr. Oscar I. Norwich collection of maps of Africa and its islands, 1486 - ca. 1865; the Richard Maxfield Collection; and the Graduate School of Education Open Archive.


News & Views

Architectural rendering of the McMurtry Building, the new home of the Art & Art History Department, Courtesy of Stanford and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
 
Arts District Update ... David Rumsey Map Center ... Eastside Intern Program Renewed ... The Stanford Nine ... Open Archive ... ALA Las Vegas ... Stanford Careers ... and other news.


Exhibits & Events

"Wendingen: Testing the Boundaries"
 
The Art & Architecture Library's summer exhibition focuses on Wendingen, a Dutch art and architecture journal published between 1918 and 1932, and examines its diverse visual styles of Wendingen’s covers, its varied content, and its extensive coverage of Frank Lloyd Wright to demonstrate the journal’s devotion to discovering the fullest realization of built form.
 

 
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