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Q.R.S Playasax roll

Staff at the Archive of Recorded Sound recently came across a particularly unusual item while unboxing and sorting the Denis Condon Collection of Reproducing Pianos and Rolls, part of the recently announced Player Piano Project here at Stanford. 

This small roll, just 4.5 inches wide, was found among approximately 7500 of its larger brothers and sisters - the reproducing piano rolls that make up the Condon Collection. Following further research, it was discovered that this roll was designed for a toy, a type of player saxophone called the Playasax, produced by Q.R.S. Q.R.S are in fact the only surviving piano roll company still in existence today. 

Springer Materials logo

The new beta platform for the Springer Materials database of fully-evaluated physical property data is now available.

Graduate students work on a presentation

We are pleased to announce the November 2014 digital issue of the Terman Engineering Library News.

In the news this month:



IEEE Smart Grid Research
Lynda.com for Everyone
Need Topic Guides – Just Ask Us
Water in the West – Preserved in SDR
ORCID – Got Yours Yet?

Download and read the full issue in digital format.

Cover image of The Mitten

The shortening of the days and the increased crispness in the air invites stories that begin “Once upon a time…” If you love fables, fairy tales, tall tales or trickster tales come to Cubberley Library to check out our latest display of picture books and children’s literature. The tales span many cultures and a familiar tale may be retold in many ways. We have Cenderillon: a Caribbean Cinderella and a cyborg Cinderella along with her more traditional sister. The brothers Grimm have Little red cap while the story Lon Po Po is a Red Riding Hood tale from China. Trickster tales also span continents. On our shelves Ananse from Africa and Brer Rabbit from the American south are up to their usual tricks. Some of the tales are humorous: Maynard the Moose is The uglified ducky and that darn bear bursts The mitten every time. Other stories have a more serious bent such as Briar Rose, Jane Yolen’s heartbreaking retelling of Sleeping beauty as set against the historical backdrop of the Holocaust. Whatever your preference is--humorous, serious, traditional, retold or twisted--we have it, so come visit.

At the 50th-anniverary celebration of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, Kevin Lohner, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, showed onlookers a “hybrid” rocket engine demonstration unit in action.

Prof. Brian Cantwell has a new IEEE Spectrum feature article reporting on the work of Stanford University researchers who are improving hybrid rockets.  These hybrids are designed to deliver a huge amount of thrust while avoiding the most dangerous drawback of liquid-fueled and solid-propellant rockets—uncontrolled combustion and explosion.

Read the full article in IEEE Spectrum.

A manuscript fair copy of the text an otherwise unrecorded work, Agamemnon, opéra des dames, Poëme heroique, don’t les paroles et la musique ont fait l’amusement d’un Particulier Vieux Stil, was recently acquired. It is believed to have originated in the second half of the eighteenth century and was apparently performed in Paris, “La Feste est au bord de la Seine près des Thuilleries” to mark the end of recent hostilities. The manuscript which also contains the text to three cantatas, L’innocence, L’amour vainquer, and Les regrets, originally scored for musette, vielle, flute, and bassoon, will be kept in the Department of Special Collections, Green Library.

Haydn Lieder (1781) title page detail

XII Lieder fur as Clavier, erster Teil (1781), HXXVIa:1-12
Wienn : Heraus gegeben und zu haben bey Artaria Comp., [approximately 1781]

Stanford University Libraries, Memorial Library of Music, MLM 499

Link to downloadable images of this work 

The Lieder were among the first works requested for publication by Haydn’s Austrian publisher, Artaria & Co., with whom he began a relationship at the end of the 1770s.  Artaria announced publication of this first set of Lieder in December 1781 (the second set followed in 1784), possibly to coincide with the festivities surrounding the Grand Tour of Russian Grand Duke Paul (later Tzar Paul II) and his entourage, including the Count and Countess von Norden. Other works published around this time were the highly praised op. 33 quartets. Both the Lieder and the op. 33 quartets represent a break from Haydn's more studious earlier works; the tribute to laziness that is "Lob der Faulheit" (in the second set of Lieder) in particular, has been singled out for its wit and overall affect.

Oalla iPad App

Do you have an older iPad that is just sitting around idle? Why not use it for something productive such as interactive front desk signage?

The Stanford Engineering Library continues to partner with Oalla, a student-run interactive digital signage project, in the planning and development of signage apps that are relevant to libraries.   A new Oalla app has been designed specifically for use with iPads that allows instant patron feedback.  We are using the app to gain feedback on what services and equipment are important to our library users.  Other uses may include displaying events, advertising products or services, or way finding.  Oalla is free, easy to use and can put your previous generation iPads to good use.  An iPad stand such as the Ipevo Perch can be used to prevent your iPad from walking away.

Send an email to signup@oalla.com for a free account and set-up instructions.  Contact Michael Nack (mnack@stanford.edu) if you have further questions.

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