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Large carved wooden poster for J.B. Dunham Piano Company

Unique items found in the Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature

September 25, 2018
by Gurudarshan Khalsa

The Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature has now been processed and is available for research. The collection was created by Richard J. Howe, an oil company executive and mechanical engineer as well as a collector of mechanical musical instruments and associated literature. The Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of its kind, documents the development of the music industry and the manufacture of pianos, organs, and mechanical musical instruments. The materials in the collection include catalogs, books, magazines, correspondence, photographs, broadsides, advertisements, and price lists. The Howe collection was originally donated to the Institute of Piano Music at the University of Maryland and later transferred to Stanford to support the Player Piano Project.

Mystery in the stacks: Dating a rare Chinese Buddhist book in the Gunst Collection

September 25, 2018
by Joshua Capitanio

I was very interested when recently a colleague from Green Library, David Jordan, alerted me to the existence of several Chinese and Japanese items within the Gunst Collection, also known as the Morgan A. and Aline D. Gunst Memorial Library of the Book Arts.  As the name suggests, this collection, which was donated to Stanford Libaries in 1963 and contains over four thousand volumes, is devoted to works that showcase the role of books as artifacts.  As I was browsing through the short list of East Asian materials belonging to this collection, I was intrigued by one item in particular, which was described as an eleventh-century print of a Chinese Buddhist scripture.

East Asia Library

East Asia Library acquires several large new Western-language databases

September 24, 2018
by Joshua Capitanio

The East Asia Library has recently purchased several important database collections of Western-language historical materials that are now available for Stanford users to access.  These databases include documents digitized from collections held at the British Library, the Second Historical Archives of China, and a number of other libraries and archives.

Evergrowing collections of student works in the SDR

September 21, 2018
by Hannah Frost
Before the start of a new academic year, it’s fun to review all the undergraduate honors theses, capstone projects, portfolios, masters theses and other culminating works submitted by students to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) over the prior year. In 2018 fifteen new collections were created and populated for distinct programs of study; another 16 existing collections grew in size with additional content. In total 269 titles were deposited across 31 active collections, making for an overall total of 55 student collections containing 1,689 individual works in the SDR. 
Science Library tour.  Photo by Linda A. Cicero, Stanford News Service.

Science Library Newsletter, September 2018

September 21, 2018
by Michael L Newman

With ten issues per year, the Science Library Newsletter publishes news from the Robin Li & Melissa Ma Science Library.  Sign up to receive issues via email as they are published.  Contents of the September 2018 issue:

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