Blog topic: News
The Byra J. and William P. Wreden Prize celebrates student collections of books, manuscripts, and other printed works on paper; it rewards three students for presenting well-written, thoughtful, and competent essays on the importance of their personal collections, from the standpoint of the significance or appeal of their form or content. The first-prize winner at Stanford will be eligible to compete for an additional $2500 national prize.
The East Asia Library, now in its new home at Lathrop Library, will have an opening celebration on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. With three floors of open stacks, an on-site special collection, siminar and teaching rooms and ample study spaces, the library has already been attracting much footprint since it opened on September 15.
The Stanford Libraries hold one of the most comprehensive Braziliana collections in North America. Research interests in the region date back to the university’s early years with noted geology professor John Casper Branner. Before coming to campus in 1891 he had participated in two scientific expeditions to Brazil and would lead two other such important research field trips in 1899 and 1907. Cultural exchanges between Stanford and Brazil continue to this day. (1)
The collection is rich in pre-1900 travel accounts (200+ titles) and includes such rare treasures as Jean de Léry's Histoire d’un voyage fait en la terre du Brésil (1585) and Maurice Rugendas’ Voyage pittoresque dans le Brésil (1835). Lery's account of a year spent living among the Tupinamba Indians is considered a masterpiece of early modern ethnography and the rich visual imagery of Rugendas documented landscapes, fauna and flora in 1820s Brazil.