Last week’s storms in central Indiana hit the Bloomington campus twice: Monday night (May 23) and Wednesday night (May 25). Nearly 300 trees on the campus were affected. Several were downed in the area of the Lilly Library, but fortunately there was no damage to the building. Clean up continues this week with the sound of chain saws and shredders all around.
May 31, 2011
May 27, 2011
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Monroe County Public Library and the Monroe County History Center have partnered with the Lilly Library and the Wylie House Museum to create a new, publicly accessible digital collection: At War and At Home: Monroe County Timeline 1855–1875. Many of the materials included come from the Lilly Library’s manuscripts collections, from diaries and letters to church records and meeting minutes.
At War and At Home is part of the Indiana Memory Digital Library and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Indiana State Library.
Learn more about the Civil War era in Bloomington and Monroe County. Click here to search the collection.
May 18, 2011
For a recent (May 9, 2011) IU Cinema podcast entitled “Exploring The Lilly Library”, Craig Simpson, Lilly Library Manuscripts Archivist, spoke with Andy Hunsucker and Jason Thompson about some of the film manuscripts at the Lilly Library. Andy and Jason examine pieces from the Orson Welles, the John Ford, the Pauline Kael, the David Bradley, and the Willis Pyle manuscript collections with genuine relish.
May 17, 2011
Donald Friedman, author of The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture by Writers, called “one of the most fascinating books of the year” by The London Times, will speak informally on authors and their art at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2011. Friedman’s talk celebrates the opening of the Lilly Library’s exhibition entitled “Literary Sketches: Authors as Artists,” which will include works of art by Kurt Vonnegut, Sylvia Plath, Lewis Carroll, G.K. Chesterton, Amiri Baraka, James Whitcomb Riley, Gunter Grass, Orson Welles, Henry Miller, Jean Cocteau, Federico Fellini and others.
Donald Friedman received his J.D. from Rutgers University and an L.L.M. from New York University Law School, started practicing law, married and raised two children. He also began to study fiction writing. In 2000, his novel The Hand Before the Eye won the Mid-List Press First Series Award and he was launched into a new career as a novelist.
Mr. Friedman’s book will be available for purchase at the event and is now in stock at the Friends of Art Bookshop (firstname.lastname@example.org, 812-855-1333).
May 10, 2011
Go ahead and judge a book by its cover at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Cherry Williams, Curator of Manuscripts at the Lilly Library, will lead this program on how the Arts & Crafts Movement influenced books and the printed media. See examples of rare books hand-picked from the Steele’s own library. Participants are welcome to bring a few of their own from this time period to share. End the evening making a book of your own that you can take home to enjoy. The cost is $15 per person and registration is requested but not required. For more information or to register, please contact email@example.com or 812.988.2785. You can register online at www.tcsteele.org.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site is located on Hwy 46 just west of Nashville in the heart of artistic Brown County. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, a division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the site is where nature’s beauty meets the artist’s canvas. The home, studio and gardens of this noted Hoosier artist still provide inspiration today through site tours, outdoor painting competitions and artist-in-residence programs. For more information, call 812.988.2785 or visit indianamuseum.org/tc_steele.
—Christine Atkinson, Arts Program Developer
T.C. Steele State Historic Site