Author Archives: Amy K. Kimball

About Amy K. Kimball

Materials Manager for Special Collections

Shakespeare and Hamlet Through the Lens of Language: Final Reflection by Caroline West

Going on a college campus tour is a bit like watching a live-action commercial; by the end, it is not hard to feel as though you are being offered a product with the capacity to significantly improve your life. Of … Continue reading

Hamlet, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, and the Eastern Bloc

Caroline West is an international studies major from Chattanooga, TN. She considers the Special Collections to be the perfect place to engage her various passions, which include history, politics, art, Shakespeare, and language.  Zora Neale Hurston, American novelist, once wrote that … Continue reading

Infrared at Evergreen – No Goggles Needed

Please join us at the Evergreen Museum & Library for an exhibition entitled, An Invisible World Made Visible: The Infrared Landscapes of Phyllis Arbesman Berger. It runs through September 11, 2016 and is included with guided museum tour admission: 11am–4pm Tuesday–Friday, noon–4pm … Continue reading

Drawing and Believing: Blindfolds and Blind Faith

by Alicia Puglionesi, PhD Recipient (History of Medicine) and former fellow, Special Collections Research Center In Drawing and Believing, part 1, we met George Albert Smith, a British psychic medium, and the drawings that he supposedly produced using his telepathic … Continue reading

Selected to Taste: The 18th- & 19th-C Reception of Still Lifes from Pompeian Frescoes

Shana O’Connell (History of Art) is a graduate student in the Interdepartmental PhD program in Archaeology. Currently working on her dissertation in the cool confines of Special Collections she has spent less-temperate summers in the past traveling in Italy and … Continue reading

Drawing and Believing: Questions of Draftsmanship in 19th c. Psychic Science

by Alicia Puglionesi, Ph.D Candidate in the History of Medicine It was important to draw well in nineteenth-century America, at least if you hoped to appear cultured and refined. Drawing belonged to the set of impractical but socially-valuable skills cultivated … Continue reading

What’s Happening in Special Collections this Summer?

Let’s face it – on these beautiful summer days, it can be hard to force ourselves to come inside. Whether your office has windows or not, nothing can quite compare to being out in the sunshine. That is, until the … Continue reading

John Pendleton Kennedy: Author, Statesman, Patriot

The following blog post was written by David Farris of The Sheridan Libraries Reserves Department. While a graduate student at the Peabody Institute, David worked as a student employee at the Peabody Library. There, he spearheaded a project to identify … Continue reading

Beyond the Bookplate: Fire and Philosophy

“On the evening of September 17, 1908, the library suffered a loss…on the building [and]…contents by a fire which started in the south end of the so-called ‘stack-room,’ occupying the northwest corner of the fourth floor of McCoy Hall…The corridor leading … Continue reading

Beyond the Bookplate: Small-timore, 19th-Century Style

It is 1850, and an unidentified chronicler sits amidst the Greek Revival architecture of the Mondawmin Estate, awaiting the start of the third auction to empty the 10-year-old mansion of its contents. The multi-day auction had been advertised in the Baltimore Sun, and … Continue reading