Skip to main content
Indiana University Bloomington

September 23, 2010

First published jazz composition

Filed under: Music — Elizabeth Johnson @ 5:00 pm

Sheet music cover for The "Jelly Roll" BluesHappy Birthday, Jelly Roll! September 20th was the birthday of Jelly Roll Morton, American composer, arranger, ragtime and early jazz pianist, and bandleader. He was born in New Orleans in 1885. While some dispute his contention that he invented jazz in 1902, among the many accomplishments that are credited to him is the first jazz composition to be published. The “Jelly Roll” Blues was published in 1915 by the Chicago publisher Will Rossiter. The composer’s name is presented on the piece as Ferd. Morton. The New Grove dictionary of American music gives his birth name as Ferdinard Joseph LaMothe or Lemott. The Lilly Library has a copy in its Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music, and it is one of thousands of pieces of sheet music from the Lilly Library’s collection that have been digitized and are available on the website IN Harmony.

—Elizabeth Johnson, Head of Technical Services, Lilly Library

View a larger image

September 20, 2010

Upgrading WordPress

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lilly Library @ 3:35 pm

Tomorrow, Tuesday September 20th, we will be upgrading the WordPress software used to manage this blog. This upgrade will not affect the appearance or layout of News & Notes, but will allow us to add new features. For example, a new subscription page will offer readers the option of receiving new posts by email.

Bookmarks to our site will be safe, as the upgrade will not affect the primary web address. However, the upgrade may affect any permanent links you have to archived posts, and will change the address of the RSS feed. If you have added News & Notes to a feed reader (like Google Reader) or subscribed to receive posts through a third party program, you will need to update the link to reflect the new format. Check back tomorrow evening for the specific URL.

September 17, 2010

Warm impressions of the Lilly Library

Filed under: Books — Virginia Dearborn @ 1:38 pm

Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series (among others) mentions the Lilly Library with his usual warmth and gentleness on page 156 of his 2009 Isabel Dalhousie novel The Lost Art of Gratitude London: Little, Brown, 2009, in Isabel’s voice:

“‘And there’s to be a major conference to mark each new volume.  Bloomington, Indiana. Tel Aviv. Helsinki. Siena. Sydney.
She watched him.  He was quite still. ‘Starting off in Bloomington,’ she went on. ‘Have you been there, Professor Lettuce?’ Lettuce shook his head. He had coloured slightly, she noticed.
‘I had a wonderful visit there,’ Isabel said. ‘A few years ago—in the spring.  The blossom was out and it was just perfect. I was very well looked after.  They took me to the Lilly Library.  They have the most remarkable collection there—literary papers from all sorts of people, all neatly boxed away.  And an astonishing collection of miniature books. Tiny ones. Smaller than that plum tomato you’re trying to eat. You should impale it on your fork, you know.'”

McCall Smith visited Bloomington in April 2009 to give a public talk in the Indiana Memorial Union’s Whittenberger Auditorium as a guest of the College Arts and Humanities Institute at Indiana University.

Special collections in the Lilly Library — including the miniature books and works by Alexander McCall Smith — may be requested for use in the library’s reading room during operating hours.

September 8, 2010

Gilding the Lilly

Filed under: Exhibitions,Manuscripts — Cherry Williams @ 3:55 pm


Gilding the Lilly, A Hundred Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts in the Lilly Library, 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.

The exhibition will be on display in the Main Gallery at the Lilly Library from October 1 through December 18, 2010.

The Lilly Library is open to the public Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please visit for complete hours, including exceptions.

View a larger image and additional images

Powered by WordPress