Archive for December, 2011

Reflections on a Museum

As noted before on this site, items from the Chapin Library are frequently lent to the Williams College Museum of Art in support of exhibitions. This is the case also with the re-installation opened in April 2011, entitled Reflections on a Museum. WCMA staff have helpfully created a series of video tours of its component […]

Chesterwood Archives Grow

A second group of documents has been transferred to the Chapin Library from Chesterwood, the former Stockbridge, Massachusetts country home and studio of the sculptor Daniel Chester French. The bulk of the Chesterwood Archives was given to the Library in June 2010, but plan files and a few boxes were kept back for further sorting. […]

Experimental Philosophy

Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774) is best known as a novelist, poet, and playwright. But he also published two works in the sciences: History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774) and A Survey of Experimental Philosophy (1776). The Chapin Library recently acquired a copy of the latter, much rarer title, published after Goldsmith’s death but evidently […]

A Christmas Carol

The literature of Christmas is vast, and well represented in the Chapin Library, from the Nativity related in early manuscripts and printed books to the image of Santa Claus in contemporary illustration. Among these works, A Christmas Carol, in Prose by Charles Dickens holds a place of special renown. It was the first of Dickens’ […]