carleton library

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On Carleton’s tenth birthday, the school received a gift unlike any other—the power to grant degrees. With the College’s official academic authority secured, the campus, the school, and the student body began to change. As Carleton gained academic respectability, it also gained some resources.

In 1951, Carleton’s library moves from its spot at the top of the main Glebe Campus building at First Avenue to its new premises just south on the same block. The Second Avenue building was a small one-storey structure with windows placed high up on its walls, and a connection to the main building by a passageway. Designed to house 50,000 volumes and 200 seats, the new library gives Carleton an accessible and visible space for scholarship and a sense of vitality. 

As Carleton adds resources like the library building, the school starts making big decisions—including the purchase of a large plot of land that’s squeezed between the Rideau River and the Canal. By the end of the decade, Carleton College was officially declared Carleton University, and the big move to the new Rideau River Campus was already underway.

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My sister sent me a photo of this bizarre and cute scene at the library at Carleton College.

The sign reads:

Gigi is our first ever stapler to make it to her first birthday! Most of our staplers last a few months at most, so by our calculations, she’s something like 355 Stapler Years Old!!!

Want to help celebrate? Use the other stapler on this table so that Gigi can have her birthday off. Sign her birthday card or take a selfie with the birthday stapler.

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This is a 1609 edition copy of the incomplete epic poem The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. It is one of the longest poems in the English language and is notable for its verse form known as the Spenserian stanza. The Faerie Queene contains allegories to praise Queen Elizabeth I, who favoured the piece resulting in a  £50 annual stipend for Spenser. This work would be his most famous. 


Call No: RAR PR 2358 AI 1609

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Carleton’s ARC has a rich collection of primary source material from the French Revolution. This is a pamphlet titled: A Discourse Upon the Question of Whether the King Shall be Tried? 

Of course, we know Louis XVI was and found guilty and executed by guillotine in 1793, but this pamphlet details the tensions and questions the country would need to face if they decided to commit regicide. This photograph is from a collection of pamphlets printed in 1793 detailing his last moments before a crowd of soldiers.

ARC’s collection of rare books on the French Revolution supports diverse research in areas such as: History, Art History, Political Science, Human Rights, Legal Studies, Economics, and French studies.


Call no. (A Discourse) RARDC137.08 B71791

Call no. (Image) RAR DC140 R.55 V.15

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens added a trove of rare photographs to its collections recently with a strategic acquisition by its Library Collectors’ Council. At its 17th annual meeting earlier this month, the Council assisted in the purchase of the Ernest Marquez Collection, an unrivaled set of 4,600 images of early Southern California, including scarce pictures of 1870s Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

Read about this just-announced super cool new acquisition—and that of some other pretty great materials—here.

And find out more about the Marquez Collection acquisition over at the Los Angeles Times’ L.A. Now.

captions:
1. E.G. Morrison (ca. 1827–1888), Roller Coaster at the Arcadia Hotel, Santa Monica, late 1880s. Albumen print.

2. E.G. Morrison (ca. 1827–1888), North Santa Monica Beach, ca. 1880s. Albumen print.

3. E.G. Morrison (ca. 1827–1888), Visitors to Santa Monica Beach, ca. 1880s. Albumen print.

4. E.G. Morrison (ca. 1827–1888), Southern Pacific Railroad entering Santa Monica, 1878. Albumen print.

5. Carleton Watkins (1829–1916), Beach and Bathing House at Santa Monica, ca. 1877. Albumen print.

6. Carleton Watkins (1829–1916), Santa Monica Hotel, ca. 1877. Albumen stereograph.

7. #6, gifed by The Huntington

All images are part of the Ernest Marquez Collection. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.