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Learning to Perform - New Special Collections Exhibit

mozart.jpgLearning to perform music using the technology and performance conventions of the time when the music was composed requires finding the primary sources from that era to create a historically informed performance. These primary resources include performance directions written by composers; contemporary method books, dictionaries, and instructional texts; first published editions; annotations left in scores by musicians from first performances; ethnomusicological transcriptions; and early accounts of musical performances.

In this exhibit you will learn about instruments like the Chinese qin and the Grand Harmonicon, about musical notation such as figured base and shapenote, and much more. The exhibit will be on view in the North Lobby of Honnold/Mudd through Fall 2017.

For more information, please contact Special Collections: spcoll@cuc.claremont.edu or 909-607-3977.

Image credit: Mozart, Leopold. Versuch einer gr√ľndlichen Violinschule. Augsburg: J.J. Lotter, 1800. Special Collections, MT262 M87 1800x

Extra-Illustrated: Literary Scrapbooking

Published texts have been embellished by their owners in many different ways: for example, beautiful leather and gilt bindings or fore-edge paintings. New in Special Collections, Facing the Text: Extra-Illustration, Print Culture, and Society in Britain 1769-1840 by Lucy Peltz discusses another method of embellishment, known as extra-illustration.

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Peltz, Lucy. Facing the Text: Extra-Illustration, Print Culture, and Society in Britain 1769-1840. San Marino, California: Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, [2017]. Z1023 P45 2017

To find out more about extra-illustration visit Pictures and Conversations, the Special Collections Blog.

New in Special Collections - The Noblest Roman

Roman1.jpgIn Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony names Brutus the "noblest Roman of them all." New in Special Collections, The Noblest Roman: A History of the Centaur Types of Bruce Rogers (Z232 R67 K45 2016) offers another candidate for that title.

For more information, visit Pictures & Conversations, the Special Collections Blog.

The Claremont Colleges Library, with the guidance of Pomona Advancement and the collaboration of six other Southern California libraries, has received a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant for the project "Digitizing Southern California Water Resources," which will digitize and help preserve primary source documentation of water history in California. This is one of 17 projects awarded a CLIR 2016 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant, a program funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This project will create a digital archive of California and U.S. western water that will support and inspire scholarship through multiple disciplinary lenses, including public health, engineering, urban planning, legal history and the array of disciplines that fall under environmental studies. The grant team will gather together documents from public and academic libraries across Southern California, making them available digitally for scholars everywhere.

Library personnel involved in this successful grant include Carrie Marsh, Director of Special Collections and Libraries, who is one of the principal investigators on the grant; Lisa Crane, Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian, who will serve as project director; and Tanya Kato, digital project manager for the CLIR grant.

For full details, see the press release on the Pomona College website.

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