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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cynthia Haven's story in the September 12 issue of The Dish reports that Stanford University Libraries has acquired the archives of BRUCE BAILLIE, a major figure in the development of counter-cultural filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two years ago, Special Collections acquired the archives for Canyon Cinema, one of the leading distributors of avant-garde independent films, founded by Baillie, so the pair of acquisitions effectively completes the set. The story quotes Henry Lowood in his role as curator for film & media collections.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

California as an Island

Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection, the largest privately held collection of maps showing California as an island. The collection has been scanned and will be available through Searchworks and the collections pages.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

California is an island. Always has been. Always will be.

A new Stanford Libraries acquisition of 800 maps from one of the nation's top map collectors, Glen McLaughlin, bolsters the claim: California was portrayed as an island on maps for well over a century.

"To my knowledge, it is the largest collection featuring California as an island in private hands in the world," said McLaughlin. "The collection was built over a 40-year time period, from 1971 to last year."

Cartographers call it the greatest snafu ever, persisting on a few Asian maps even into the 1860s. But perhaps those mapmakers sensed a deeper truth.

Article written by Cynthia Haven, Associate Director for Communications, Stanford University Libraries

Article reposted in part. To read the article in its entirety, see the August 30, 2012, Stanford Report.

The Art & Architecture Library recently acquired an 1870 art classic book entitled Les Chats that features an original etching by the famous French artist Édouard Manet (1832-1883). Cynthia Haven, Associate Director of Communications wrote an article for The Dish on the recent acquisition.

There’s a new cat at the Art & Architecture Library in the Cummings Art Building – and it’s well over a hundred years old.

The 1869 cat is featured in an original etching by the famous French artist ÉDOUARD MANET (1832-1883). The feline is hidden away between the pages of a newly acquired book, the deluxe edition of an 1870 art classic called Les Chats, by JULES-FRANÇOIS-FÉLIX HUSSON, who used the pen name “Champfleury.” The etching is also an  “aquatint” that uses a powdered kind of resin (called rosin) to create a muted gray-blue background.  Manet made the plate by hand, etching fine lines with a needle.

“Le Chat et Les Fleurs” is described as one of Manet’s most subtle combinations of the complex and simple.  According to the late art historian Jean C. Harris, the etching shows the traces of Japanese influence, with its flatness of spatial arrangement and the “rather freely drawn and widely spaced strokes to describe the flowers,” which “help to animate the surface and to relieve the monotony of the uniform aquatinting.”

To read Cynthia's article in its entirety, see the August 29, 2012 edition of The Dish.