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Henry Cowell, The Harp of Life (detail showing tone clusters)

Henry Cowell's tone clusters and The Harp of Life

May 23, 2017
by Ray Heigemeir

The maverick composer Henry Cowell wrote the solo piano work, The Harp of Life, in Menlo Park in 1925; it was later incorporated into the suite, Four Irish Tales, for piano and orchestra (1940). The original holograph score is held in the Memorial Library of Music in Stanford’s Department of Special Collections (MLM 232C). Accompanying correspondence from Cowell’s widow, Sydney, notes that only a few of Cowell’s 25 or so manuscripts employing tone clusters have survived, this being one. The Harp of Life refers to a great cosmic harp, upon which a plucked string announces the birth of a new being. Cowell’s tone clusters create an aural celestial environment within which the harp is played.

Transitioning workflows for EEMs

May 12, 2017
by Alexis C Manheim

The Stanford Libraries Mellon funded grant project, Everyday Electronic Materials (EEMs), created policy and practices as well as software and tools for selectors to add electronic items of scholarly interest to Stanford’s collections. Since its introduction in 2008, the EEMs system has been the gateway for adding thousands of digital items to Stanford's library collections, with full catalog records, workflows to support IP rights and payment needs, and persistent access via the Stanford Digital Repository.

Logo for Children's Book Week May 1-7, 2017

Celebrate Children's Book Week

April 28, 2017
by Kelly L Roll

The first week in May marks the annual celebration of Children’s Book Week. I don’t know about you but I love to revisit old favorites or introduce a new reader to the joys that await within the pages.  Why not celebrate Children’s Book Week too?  Come to Cubberley Library and pick out a book to celebrate.

You can also go to http://everychildareader.net/cbw/ for additional information. There are downloadable bookmarks and activities at the site as well as a downloadable comic book.

The Record Catalog Collection

April 26, 2017
by Frank Ferko

For a number of years the Archive of Recorded Sound has been collecting catalogs published by recording companies from around the world.   Although the ARS continues to collect these catalogs on an ongoing basis, the materials that are currently in the the Record Catalog Collection have now been processed, and a finding aid is available in the Online Archive of California.  In addition to record catalogs, the publications in the collection include promotional and advertising mat

Elizabeth Ryan, Conservator, Conservation Services

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Elizabeth Ryan

April 25, 2017
by Richenda Brim

Caring for our physical and digital collections relies on a dedicated team of experts across the Stanford Libraries. We hope you've enjoyed meeting a few of the people behind our preservation program this week. You can learn more about Preservation Week and find preservation resources, quick tips, and free webinars covering the spectrum of collection care from textiles to personal digital archives on the Preservation Week site.

We are wrapping up our Preservation Week Q&A series today with Elizabth Ryan, Conservator in Conservation Services.

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