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March 27, 2010

Mondays at the Lilly Library

Filed under: Events — Virginia Dearborn @ 3:39 pm

Manco Ccapac, first Inca ruler

As part of its 50th Anniversary celebration, the Lilly Library is pleased to offer a series of events this year entitled Mondays at the Lilly Library. Each of these Monday afternoon talks features a member of the Lilly Library staff highlighting some of the treasures found within these walls.

On Monday, April 5, 2010, Rebecca Cape, Head of Reference and Public Services at the Lilly Library, will highlight some Latin Americana, including items from the Bernardo Mendel Collection, such as the circa 1760 portrait of Manco Ccapac, first Inca ruler seen here on the left.

Then on April 19, 2010, Literature Cataloger Whitney Buccicone will present “Whiz! Bam! Pow! Collecting Comics at the Lilly Library.” Whiz! Bam! Pow! will showcase the Lilly Library’s comic book collections and provide instruction on how to access this excellent resource.

On May 3, 2010, James Canary, Head of Conservation at the Lilly Library, will host a talk entitled “The Book in the Himalayas.”

Associate Director and Curator of Books at the Lilly Library, Joel Silver, has already given two talks in this series. In February, he presented J.K. Lilly, Jr. (1893–1966), whose collection allowed for the founding of the Lilly Library in 1960. 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 17,000 manuscripts to Indiana University, where it became the founding collection of the Lilly Library. Earlier this month, Joel Silver gave a talk which focused on the examples of early printed materials here at the Lilly Library.

All of the events in this series take place on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. in the Slocum Room of the Lilly Library. Please check our calendar or the 50th Anniversary Calendar of Events for more information.

View more images relating to the Lilly Library materials discussed in these talks.

March 22, 2010

T.C. Steele and Frank M. Hohenberger

Filed under: Photographs — Lilly Library @ 3:27 pm

T.C. Steele Remote Studio

A recent post about painter T.C. Steele’s remote studio on the Indiana State Museum’s blog by Davie Kean, master gardener at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, featured this photo (left) from the Lilly Library’s Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection. Mr. Kean also posted to the blog this past August using two other images from the Lilly Library, one of which comes from the Hohenberger collection. All of these photos were used with the permission of the Lilly Library.

Frank Michael Hohenberger, 1876–1963, was a Brown County photographer and newspaperman. He spent his boyhood as a printing apprentice and later worked several years on newspapers in Dayton, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky, and finally for the Indianapolis Star. In 1917 he left Indianapolis to start a small photography business in Nashville, Indiana, concentrating on the subject matter of Brown County. The next forty–seven years were spent recording the life, customs, and scenes of the hills of Brown County, of other areas of Indiana, of Kentucky, of South Carolina, and of Mexico. From 1923 to 1954 he wrote a column for the Indianapolis Star entitled “Down in the Hills O’ Brown County.” The articles were frequently illustrated with his photographs. Hohenberger, who died in November 1963, willed his collection to the Indiana University Foundation. In 1998 the Foundation transferred ownership of the collection to the Lilly Library.

The Indiana University Digital Library Program is currently involved in the project of digitizing the entire Hohenberger photograph collection and designing a more user–friendly search interface for exploring these images. The project will be completed later this year.

March 11, 2010

Lilly Library announces publication of Lilly Texana

Filed under: Books,In the news — Lilly Library @ 12:57 pm

Lilly Texana

Based entirely upon the Lilly Library’s collections, a new work joins the ranks of bibliographical and historical publications that document the long, complicated history of Mexico–Texas relations before 1849. Lilly Texana: One Hundred Eighty Broadsides and Other Ephemera Relating to Texas, Printed and Published in Mexico before 1849 in the Lilly Library of Indiana University, by Everett C. Wilkie, Jr., describes a significant body of materials in the Lilly Library’s collections pertaining to Texas history that until now has been generally unrecognized or not reported to exist in the copy described. Most of the included items are not found in Thomas Streeter’s seminal Bibliography of Texas, the primary work in this area, or in other sources. Several entries represent the discovery of another copy of an item that Streeter believed to exist in only a single example.

The works described in Lilly Texana are part of the Bernardo Mendel broadside collection, which contains approximately 15,000 single–sheet items, pamphlets and ephemera, many of which are laws, other official pronouncements, or proclamations. Lilly Texana provides full bibliographic descriptions and historical context for each of the 180 works included and five indexes covering names, subjects, titles, publication, and bibliographic cross–references. The book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the history of Mexico–Texas relations, descriptive bibliography, the American Southwest, or the history of printing. Many of the items described are believed to be unique and demonstrate the often incredible depth of the Lilly’s unexplored collections.

More information about the publication and its author, as well as how to order Lilly Texana is available at http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/texana.shtml.

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