Author Archives: Chella Vaidyanathan

About Chella Vaidyanathan

Curator of 19th-21st Century Books & Manuscripts and Liaison Librarian for History, Africana Studies & Latin American Studies

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. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange Collection

Interested in learning about the diplomatic relations between East Asia and the West in the nineteenth century? Are you writing a paper on the missionary accounts of the Asian countries? Or, if you are interested in particular historical events such as … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Celebrate National African American History Month!

February is the National African American History Month during which we celebrate the contributions of African Americans to American history. Throughout this month, various events such as exhibits, talks, cultural programs, lecture series, book signings by authors, etc. are held … Continue reading