All posts tagged Phillips Library

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Conservator behind the scenes

By: Maria João Petsica Chinese export pieces that feature the black lacquer and gold decoration are commonly designated as Canton lacquer in a clear association with the place from whence …

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Words, words, words

By Jessica Jones As the second to last month of the year, November represents that last push to the finish. For students, it’s book-ended by midterms and finals. At this …

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The log book as timekeeper

By Kate Wersan In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, captains and navigators, even those educated in the most cutting edge navigation practices, struggled to translate what they knew at …

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Navigation in the age of Robinson Crusoe

As NPR reported in February, the US Navy wants to bring back the practice of celestial navigation, the antiquated art relying on complex calculations that has been handily replaced by …

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Museums for $400, Alex!

At the risk of revealing too many details about my personal life outside of the work place, I will admit to being an unabashed fan of the game show Jeopardy.  …

A view of Plummer Hall in the Phillips Library, 1885. Courtesy photo

Library collection draws global visitors

For many years, people interested in tracing their genealogy sought out PEM’s Phillips Library to ply through birth certificates, news clippings and wedding announcements. Essex County is the most recorded …

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Intersections and Divergences

by Jessica Jones Inspired by the exhibit Intersections, the current Philips Library reading room display highlights materials in the library’s collection that reflect on Anila Quayyum Agha’s installation at the …

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Books in the Golden Age

From time to time, items from the Phillips Library get selected for exhibition in the galleries over at the museum. Similar to the paintings or silk tapestries on the wall …

"The Reference Librarian" from Song of the Library Staff, illustration by Merle Johnson

#ColorOurCollections

By Jennifer Hornsby The Phillips Library is excited to participate in #ColorOurCollections week (1–5 February 2016).  This special collections “coloring fest” was inspired by the New York Academy of Medicine’s …