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The Lilly Library will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding with three main gallery exhibitions and a number of special events.


Treasures of the Lilly Library

January 19 – May 8, 2010

An exhibition of rare books and manuscripts to mark the 50th anniversary of Indiana University's Lilly Library includes treasures displayed together for the first time in more than two decades. "Treasures of the Lilly Library" will feature such rare items as William Shakespeare's First Folio, George Washington's letter accepting the presidency, Albrecht Dürer's Apocalypse, and the first edition of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, printed in the 1470s.

"To celebrate our 50th year, we've assembled the best of the best," said Breon Mitchell, director of the Lilly Library. "The items on display are not only rare and intriguing, they are also cultural touchstones—pivotal works of literature, history, and our shared culture."

An open house to view the exhibition and the library's newly renovated Reading Room will take place on January 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through May.

Rita Hayworth's make-up case with letters from Orson Welles

Of Cabbages and Kings: Unexpected Treasures of the Lilly Library

May 24 – September 4, 2010

"'The time has come,' the Walrus said, 'To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing wax– Of cabbages–and kings– And why the sea is boiling hot– And whether pigs have wings.'" —Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter, 1872.

An exhibition highlighting unexpected and unusual books, manuscripts and other physical objects from the Lilly Library's collections, including: A Catalogue of the Different Specimens of Cloth Collected in the Three Voyages of Captain Cook; Rita Hayworth's makeup case; George Washington's Proclamation...To Recommend...a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer; Guatemalan music manuscripts from the late 16th and early 17th centuries; the earliest known manuscript of Auld Lang Syne autographed by Robert Burns; and the first printing with music of The Star Spangled Banner. The exhibition will also include some royal materials, such as Queen Elizabeth I's Great Seal, and the memoirs of King James II.

detail from Ricketts medieval manuscript

Gilding the Lilly: A Hundred Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the Lilly Library

October 1 – December 18, 2010

The final exhibition celebrating the Lilly Library's 50th anniversary year has been guest curated by noted medievalist, Christopher de Hamel, Donnelley Fellow Librarian at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The exhibition showcases one hundred of the Lilly Library's most important and interesting manuscripts written in the medieval and renaissance eras. From a Roman tombstone to gleaming and delicate Books of Hours, visitors will be able to view many items rarely seen on exhibit together.

Calendar of Events

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Open House Celebrating Fifty Years of the Lilly Library

Friday, January 22, 4:00 p.m., Lilly Library

View the "Treasures of the Lilly Library" exhibition and the newly renovated Reading Room from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Short remarks by Director Breon Mitchell and Dean of Libraries Carolyn Walters at 5:30 pm.


A Conversation with Peter Bogdanovich

Saturday, January 30, 4:00 p.m., Radio–TV Building, Room 251, IU Bloomington

Peter Bogdanovich's distinguished career as an author and film director includes the films The Last Picture Show (1971) and Paper Moon (1973), and the books The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford and This is Orson Welles. IU's own James Naremore, Professor of Film Studies, will host.




Reception Honoring the publication of "Travels with Mae"

Thursday, February 11, 4:00 p.m., Lilly Library

Indiana University Press, The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, The Department of Comparative Literature, The Department of French and Italian, and The Lilly Library cordially invite you to a reception honoring the publication of Travels with Mae: Scenes from a New Orleans Girlhood by Eileen M. Julien.

At 4:30pm, Sandra Zagarell, Dept. of English, Oberlin College, will speak briefly about Travels with Mae and Eileen Julien will do a short reading.


J. K. Lilly, Jr., Bibliophile

Monday, February 22, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

For most of his life, J. K. Lilly, Jr., of Indianapolis, was a devoted collector in many different fields. For some three decades, beginning in the mid-1920s, Mr. Lilly's collecting attention was focused on assembling one of the finest private libraries of rare books and manuscripts in the world. Mr. Lilly's collection, which was quite wide-ranging in scope, was particularly strong in American and British literature, American history, voyages and travels, and the history of science and medicine. In the mid-1950s, Mr. Lilly donated his collection of 20,000 books and 17,00 manuscripts to Indiana University, where it became the founding collection of the Lilly Library, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.

As the inaugural event in the Lilly Library's new program, "Mondays at the Lilly Library," Joel Silver, Associate Director and Curator of Books at the Lilly Library, will speak about Mr. Lilly's collecting interests and his considerable achievements as a collector of books and manuscripts.




"So Everyone Could Be Included": Translating a Thirteenth–Century Persian Sufi Hagiography

Thursday, March 11, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Paul Losensky (IU) will speak on "'So Everyone Could be Included': Translating a Thirteenth-Century Persian Sufi Hagiography."

Paul Losensky (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1993) is Associate Professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he teaches Persian language and literature and translation studies. His publications include Welcoming Fighani: Imitation and Poetic Individuality in the Safavid–Mughal Ghazal (1998), numerous articles on Persian poetry and literary history, and frequent contributions to Encyclopedia of Islam and Encyclopaedia Iranica. His translation of Memorial of God's Friends by Farid al–Din 'Attar was recently published by the Paulist Press in the series Classics of Western Spirituality (2009). He is currently preparing a collection of translations of the poetry of Amir Khusraw (with Sunil Sharma) for Penguin India.

This talk is part of the Translation Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study.


A Pencil or a Meat Cleaver: Raymond Carver and His Editors

Wednesday, March 31, 5:00 p.m., Lilly Library

Author Carol Sklenicka will deliver a talk about her recently published biography of American short story writer Raymond Carver, Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life (2009). The Lilly Library has manuscript collections from two of Carver's editors: Noel Young (Capra Press Mss.) and Gordon Lish (Lish Mss.). Ms. Sklenicka will talk about both of these editors and the development of Carver's relationship to them in the period between 1968 and the 1980s. A reception will follow the talk.


Early Printing at the Lilly Library

Monday, March 22, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Hosted by Joel Silver, Associate Director and Curator of Books at the Lilly Library.




Kaser Lecture (Jinnie Y. Davis, Ph.D.)

Thursday, April 1, 4:00 p.m., Lilly Library

The SLIS Kaser Lecture series is named in honor of David Kaser, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, who studied, wrote, and taught extensively in the areas of library history, library buildings, and printing. Professor Kaser retired in 1991 after 18 years at SLIS.

On Thursday, April 1, SLIS alumna Jinnie Y. Davis (Ph.D. 1981) will present the 2010 David Kaser Lecture. The presentation will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington. There will be a reception immediately following the lecture in the Slocum Room.

More information is available at


Latin Americana at the Lilly Library

Monday, April 5, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Hosted by Rebecca Cape, Head of Reference and Public Services at the Lilly Library.



Ensemble Lipzodes

Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Ensemble Lipzodes, an early music ensemble composed of students and alumni of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and its Early Music Institute (EMI), will present a CD release concert and lecture. Come hear Juan Carlos Arango (shawms), C. Keith Collins (dulcians), Yonit Kosovske (organ), Anna Marsh (dulcians, recorder), Kelsey Schilling (dulcians, recorder), and Wolodymyr Smishkewych (voice, percussion).

"The ensemble's unique name comes from a creative misinterpretation of the writing on the flyleaf of MS 1, Santa Eulalia, from the Guatemalan Music Manuscripts. What at first glance seems to say 'Lipzodes,' actually is the first part of a passage which continues further: 'LibRodeSancta olaya Puyumatlan. Este libro de canto hize yo franc de Leon maestro deste pueblo de sancta olaya. hizelo En el año De mill y quinientos y ochenta y dos annos. Franc De Leon.' In an orthographic transformation typical of the region, the letters 'b' and 'p' became exchanged, and the 'R' lost its vertical bar, to become what appeared to be a 'Z.'" (From press release) This flyleaf will be on display the evening of this concert; other items from the Guatemalan Music Manuscripts collection will be on display in this summer's Main Gallery exhibition: Of Cabbages and Kings: Unexpected Treasures of the Lilly Library.


The Shock of the New: Retranslating Celestina

Wednesday, April 7, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Peter Bush (Barcelona) will speak on "The Shock of the New: Retranslating Celestina."

Peter Bush now works in Barcelona as a freelance literary translator after a five–year stint as Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation and Professor of Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia. He was awarded the 2009 Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for his translation of Equator by Miguel Sousa Tavares. He edited (with Susan Bassnett) The Translator as Writer and put together the anthology of Cuban stories The Voice of the Turtle. His most recent publication is Fernando de Rojas’s novel Celestina and his translation of Najat El Hachmi’s The Last Patriarch will be published in May. Current projects from Catalan include Quim Monzó’s Guadalajara, Teresa Solana’s Shortcut to Paradise and Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook and from Spanish, Lorca’s Sketches of Spain and Valle-Inclán’s Tirano Banderas.

This talk is part of the Translation Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study.


Community Book Discussion

Thursday, April 8, 4:30 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Join us for a community book discussion of Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. This is one in a series of discussions being held as part of the 2010 One Book, One Bloomington project.


Whiz! Bam! Pow! Collecting Comics at the Lilly Library

Monday, April 19, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Whiz! Bam! Pow! will showcase the Lilly Library's comic book collections and teach you how to access this excellent resource. The talk will be presented by Whitney Buccicone, Literature Cataloger at the Lilly Library.


Intranslatability, High and Low

Thursday, April 22, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Jonathan Abel (Penn State University) will speak on "Intranslatability, High and Low."

Jonathan Abel, Assistant Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University, has published articles in Comparative Literature Studies; Japan Forum; Asian Cinema; and Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation. His co–translation of Azuma Hiroki's Otaku: Japan's Database Animals was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2009. He is currently completing a book–length study titled, "Archiving Censors: The Preservation and Production of Banned Japanese Literature, 1923–1970." He was a Fellow at Harvard's Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies 2008–2009 and at Columbia's Weatherhead East Asian Institute in 2005–2006. His talk will focus on the issue of translatability to bridge the gap between the practice of commuting poetry from one culture to another and the more mundane practice of rendering instruction manuals and machine languages into other languages. Dr. Abel will draw on examples from high literature such as Japanese court poetry, middle and low brow literatures such as light novels and manga, and from computer translation.

This talk is part of the Translation Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study.


Secrets of Success: Printers, Patrons, and Audiences in 15th Century Leipzig (part of the series "Mediaevalia at the Lilly Library")

Monday, April 26, 5:00 p.m., Lilly Library

The series Mediaevalia at the Lilly Library (directed by Cherry Williams, curator of manuscripts at the Lilly Library, and Professor Hildegard E. Keller, Department for Germanic Studies) aims to both better exploit and publicize the great collection of Medieval manuscripts and early prints here on campus. Once a year, established scholars and experts will come in for a lecture and workshops with hands–on–approach for students and faculty. Abstract ideas about media of the past, their function and audiences shall become alive. Dr Falk Eisermann, director of the Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke at Berlin (Union Catalog of Incunabula), a specialist in incunabula, will be on campus from April 26–27. His public lecture on Monday, at the Lilly Library, 5 p.m. (with a reception to follow) is entitled "Secrets of Success: Printers, Patrons, and Audiences in 15th Century Leipzig."


Images of the Floating World

Friday, April 30, 3:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Judith Stubbs, Curator of Asian Art at the IU Art Museum will present a lecture entitled "Images of the Floating World: A Brief History of Japanese Ukiyoe Prints." This event relates to the current exhibition in the Slocum Room "From Cai Lun to Ukiyoe: Paper and Print in East Asia" curated by Lesley Ham.




The Book in the Himalayas

Monday, May 3, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Hosted by Jim Canary, Head of Conservation at the Lilly Library.


Being Borges and Other Acts of Poetic Impersonation

Thursday, May 20, 4:00 p.m., Ellison Room, Lilly Library

Stephen Kessler (Santa Cruz) will speak on "Being Borges and Other Acts of Poetic Impersonation."

Stephen Kessler is the author of eight books and chapbooks of original poetry, fourteen books of literary translation, a collection of essays, Moving Targets: On Poets, Poetry & Translation; and a novel, The Mental Traveler. His recent translations include The Sonnets of Jorge Luis Borges (as editor and principal translator); Desolation of the Chimera by Luis Cernuda; Eyeseas by Raymond Queneau (co–translated with Daniela Hurezanu); Written in Water: The Prose Poems of Luis Cernuda (Lambda Literary Award, 2004) Heights of Machu Picchu by Pablo Neruda (in Machu Picchu, a book of photographs by Barry Brukoff); and Save Twilight, selected poems of Julio Cortázar. His essays, criticism and journalism have appeared in dozens of periodicals, chiefly in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, over the last 40 years. He is the editor of The Redwood Coast Review, a quarterly literary newspaper in Northern California.

This talk is part of the Translation Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study.




Portraits of an Artist as an Icon

Wednesday, June 16, 12:15–1:00 p.m., IU Art Museum, Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Gallery of Twentieth–century Art, first floor

In recognition of "Bloomsday" (June 16, 1904), the fictitious date for the activity in James Joyce's Ulysses (1922), Breon Mitchell, the director of the Lilly Library, will discuss the author's influence on the development of the modern novel and his relationship with contemporary authors and artists through a series of portraits by Berenice Abbott, Man Ray, Augustus John, and livres d’artistes illustrated by Constantin Brancusi and Henri Matisse. These works are drawn from the collections of the IU Art Museum, Lilly Library, and Robert and Rita Anthoine.

This event is co–sponsored by the Lilly Library and the IU Art Museum.




Word Hoard - Music of Medieval England and Northern Europe

Monday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Lincoln Room, Lilly Library

Please join us as Tim Rayborn and Wolodymyr Smishkewych present medieval music from England and Northern Europe.

Utilizing voices and a variety of instruments, including harp, citole, psaltery, lyres, percussion, and hurdy gurdy, they will bring to life surviving pieces from medieval manuscripts, well as reconstructions of early medieval works, including the Anglo-Saxon "Deor", the Russian "Lay of Igor's Campaign", and the Icelandic "Balder's Dream."







Books as Art Objects: Sources of Inspiration

Wednesday, September 1, 5:00 p.m., Lincoln Room, Lilly Library

Artist Philip Smith is widely recognized for having almost single-handedly revolutionized the notion of the book as an art object transformed through its binding. He has worked in several different media: painting, sculpture, assemblages and book art making. He is the author of several books and has lectured widely. In 2000 he was invested in the Queen's New Year Honours List as an M.B.E. for his services to Art. Philip lives and works with his wife Dorothy in Wiltshire, England. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Lilly Library and will be followed by a reception in the Slocum Room.

Above: Philip Smith's art binding for William Shakespeare. The tragedie of Hamlet, prince of Denmarke. Weimar: Cranach Press, 1930. One of seven copies on vellum, containing three extra sets of loose proofs of the illustrations for this edition, signed by Edward Gordon Craig. Bound by Philip Smith in black and grey oasis morocco with multi-colored feather onlays and maril, all edges gilt.


Incipient Anglicana Script

Wednesday, September 8, 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Professor Rega Wood, Stanford University, presents this talk, sponsored by MEST, The Medieval Studies institute. Reception to follow.


John Muir examining flowering plant
Straw Leaves, Table-Bugs, and Birch-Bark Poems: Sustainability at the Lilly Library

Exhibition reception and tours: Tuesday, September 14, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Come to the Lilly Library and see books printed on straw or birch-bark and books bound in grass. Watch John Muir take a look at a flowering plant (though he's in fact in a photographer's studio in Pasadena) and admire the Oscar John Ford received for his film adaptation of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. This exhibit, part of the the "sustain.ability" themester of the College of Arts and Sciences, offers a chronological look at some of the highlights of sustainable thinking during the last two hundred years: from the first stirrings of environmental consciousness in the early American republic to our modern "resource wars," from naturalist William Bartram to photographer Subhankar Banerjee. It also addresses more general topics, such as the relationship between book-making and the environment and the increasing concern modern environmentalists have shown for young readers. The exhibit was curated by Christoph Irmscher (Department of English). A free catalogue is available at the Lilly Library.

The exhibition runs from September 1 through October 11, 2010.

Departmental Sponsors: Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences


Robert K. Elder Lecture

Monday, September 20, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Lecture by Robert K. Elder, author of Last Words of the Executed (University of Chicago Press, 2010). The product of seven years of extensive research by journalist Robert K. Elder, the book explores the cultural value of these final statements and asks what we can learn from them. Reception to follow: sponsored by the Friends of the Lilly Library.


The Signs of the Apocalypse

Wednesday, September 22, 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Lorenzo DiTommaso, Concordia University, Montréal

Reception to follow: Sponsored by MEST, The Medieval Studies institute




Exhibition opening: "Gilding the Lilly: A Hundred Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts in the Lilly Library"

Friday, October 1, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Exhibition guest curated by noted medievalist Christopher de Hamel, Donnelley Fellow Librarian, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Cherry Dunham Williams, Curator of Manuscripts, the Lilly Library. On display will be treasures from the Lilly's outstanding collection of European illuminated and medieval manuscripts. Reception to follow: sponsored by the Lilly Library.


The Gutenberg Bible in America

Monday, October 11, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Paul Needham, Librarian at the Scheide Library at Princeton University, is one of the leading scholars in the field of early printed books. He has written and spoken extensively about the Gutenberg Bible, and his talk at the Lilly Library will include a discussion of the Library's Gutenberg New Testament, which came to Indiana University in 1958 as part of the collection of George A. Poole, Jr. Reception to follow: sponsored by the Friends of the Lilly Library.


Ink and Gold: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts in the Lilly Library

Tuesday, October 12, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Christiane Gruber, Indiana University, presents "Ink and Gold: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts in the Lilly Library." Examples of the Lilly's illuminated Islamic manuscripts will be on view. Reception to follow: Co-sponsored by the Lilly Library and MEST, The Medieval Studies institute


Parchment: Medieval Material Made In the Modern Age

Wednesday, October 20, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Jesse Meyer, proprietor of Pergamena Parchment ( presents a demonstration of the preparation, stretching, scraping and finishing of skins.


The Rule and the Book: Manuscripts for Monks, Nuns, and Friars in the Lilly Library Collection

Thursday, October 21, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Diane Reilly, Indiana University, presents "The Rule and the Book: Manuscripts for Monks, Nuns, and Friars in the Lilly Library Collection." Reception to follow: Co-sponsored by the Lilly Library and MEST, The Medieval Studies institute


Workshop: Latin for Rare Materials Catalogers

Friday, October 22, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop is intended for rare materials catalogers with little or no familiarity with Latin. The workshop will provide tools for navigating and accurately recording the information found on the title page, including persons, places, and things. Co-sponsored by ALA, ACRL, and RBMS.

Presenters: Jennifer Nelson, School of Law, University of California at Berkeley; and Jennifer MacDonald, University of Delaware Library

**Please note: advanced registration is required for this workshop. For registration and additional information please contact: Elizabeth Johnson or Cherry Williams at the Lilly Library


Tribute and Exhibition Opening: Words to Speak Our Love of Earth: Celebrating Scott Russell Sanders

Monday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m., IU Fine Arts Auditorium

An evening's tribute to IU's distinguished writer, scholar, and teacher, Distinguisted Professor Emeritus Scott Russell Sanders; and the opening of an exhibition of his works at the Lilly Library. The exhibition, Words to Speak Our Love of Earth: Celebrating Scott Russell Sanders, is curated by Professor Christoph Irmscher and will be on display through November 13, 2010.

There will be a reception at the Lilly Library following the tribute at the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Sponsored by the IU Department of English and the College of Arts & Sciences




Lilly Library 50th Anniversary Fundraising reception and dinner

Thursday, November 11, 5:00 p.m.

Lilly Library 50th Anniversary Fundraising reception and dinner featuring noted medievalist, Christopher de Hamel, Donnelley Fellow Librarian, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

**Please note: Advanced reservations are required. For additional information, reservations and costs please contact: Penny Ramon,


Conversations with Christopher de Hamel, Donnelley Fellow Librarian, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Topics to be announced

Friday, November 12

10:00 a.m.–12 Noon, Limited to 30 IU students. **Registration required; see below.
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Lecture and reception; open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Lilly Library and MEST, The Medieval Studies institute.
For registration and additional information, please contact Cherry Williams:





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