Have You Visited the George Peabody Library?

Check out the March 16th article in Time Magazine on why Google is celebrating George Peabody, the ‘father of modern philanthropy.’” Interested in exploring our wonderful and unique special collections? Looking for a quiet and beautiful space to study? Would you like to step back into the nineteenth century? If you answered yes to any […]


Fairy Tales for Christmas Holidays

As a young girl growing up in Indonesia, I remember that Christmas was one of my most favorite times of the year. My parents bought us a small Christmas tree that my siblings and I decorated. Every evening, during the month of December, my mother would read to us fairy tales from the story books that […]


Holiday Treats!

Are you eagerly anticipating traditional holiday foods? Or, perhaps you are interested in baking some cakes and cookies? Celebrate the spirit of the season with some cool recipes from our library and other collections that are available online for free. If you are in the mood to try out pudding, check out Plum Pudding: of […]


Calcutta Photograph Collection

Did you know that American troops were stationed in India during the Second World War? They were posted in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), the capital of West Bengal, in the 1940s. The Calcutta Photograph Collection comprises sixty photographs of Indian people and street scenes taken by a soldier during the time he was there. Recently, I […]


Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month during which we celebrate the history and culture of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and their contributions to our country. Throughout this month, various events such as exhibits, talks, cultural programs, lecture series, book signings by authors, movie screenings, workshops, etc. are held to celebrate their traditions, customs, and culture. […]


Take a Historical Tour of Istanbul with Lady Mary Wortley Montagu!

If you’ve read any historical travel accounts, you may notice that there some similarities in terms of their observations regarding non-western countries’ governments, legal systems, cultures, religious practices and customs and traditions. Yet, there are also differences in the ways western women perceived the non-western cultures. Particularly, they paid close attention to the status of non-western women and their […]


Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904

Are you taking the Science on Display or Exhibiting the Global class this semester? If yes, please check out the World’s Fair collection in our Special Collections. We have been actively building this collection to support our faculty and students’ research and teaching interests. Why are these materials important? The World’s Fair collection is interdisciplinary in nature and is of interest […]


Columbian Exposition of 1893

The World’s Columbian Exposition or Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893 was held from May 1 to October 30, 1893. Approximately 27 million visitors attended this fair which was organized to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America in 1492. The task of designing and supervising the Exposition was entrusted to […]


Crime and the Victorian City

Last June, I wrote a blog post about the London Low Life database that our library had newly acquired. It is a great resource to learn about different kinds of crimes in Victorian London. I was delighted to learn that Jessica Clark, a graduate student in the Department of History, not only taught a class on “Crime and Victorian City” during […]