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The Tower of Pisa project of the OU College of Engineering was featured last Friday, July 24, for the Fox News 25 morning show, broadcast live from the lobby of Bizzell Memorial Library. Four brief reports featured footage of the Tower under construction, as well as interviews with various College of Engineering students and faculty (including Chris Ramseyer and Theresa Marks); Chelsea Julian (Galileo’s World Project Manager); and Kerry Magruder (Galileo’s World Curator).
In February we learned that the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History was selected as the Oklahoma site for the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.
Today, it was announced that the First Folio will be on display at the Sam Noble Museum in early 2016.
The First Folio is the first printed collection of Shakespeare’s plays (published in 1623). The copy that will be on display in Oklahoma is one of only 233 surviving copies of this significant work. The traveling exhibit program is the result of a partnership between the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the American Library Association.
The nationwide tour of copies of the First Folio commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. For the OU campus, it comes at a propitious time: throughout 2015 and 2016 we will be immersed in the world of the 16th and 17th centuries, through engagement with exhibits and programs for Galileo’s World.
Pictured here is OU’s copy of the Second Folio, published in 1632. It is one of the many treasures held in the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections, and will be on display in Galileo’s World.
Shakespeare and OU’s Special Collections
While 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, it was just last year – 2014 -that we recognized the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. We did this with a display of books from the History of Science Collections and the John and Mary Nichols Collection.
Shakespeare at OU
Beyond books, other commemorations of Shakespeare can be found in and around Bizzell Library. This includes the portrait shown above (outside the Great Reading Room), and the bench on the east side of the building.
And of course, numerous OU Faculty across campus are engaged in the study of Shakespeare and/or his times, not only from the Department of English, but also from Classics and Letters, History, History of Science, and Modern Languages. A gathering point for many of these scholars is the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Faculty across campus and across the disciplines are associated with the Center.
“The Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at the University of Oklahoma promotes the study of the period in Western history that saw the development of such major components of modern life as parliamentary democracy, the nation-state, English and other modern languages, printing, Islam, global exploration, heliocentric astronomy, romantic love–and the universities in which we research and teach all these subjects. Some thirty-five faculty at OU contribute to the study of these and many other facets of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.”
Doing Research with Books from OU’s 5th-Floor Special Collections
While tours and class visits are not possible as we undergo renovation on the 5th floor of Bizzell Library in preparation for the Galileo’s World Exhibit (scheduled for the 2015-16 academic year), researchers continue to have individual access to our books and materials from our four special collection libraries: Bass, Bizzell Bible, History of Science, and John and Mary Nichols. For a glimpse into the books in these collections, see these guides to past exhibits: Crossing Cultures, Living Library (iBooks exhibit) and our online galleries. Use Discover Local, the online catalog, to search for items in the collections.
For information on our public reading room services, see 4th Floor Reading Room page and Reading Room Handout. See the Collections blog for more information on resources, activities, and events relating to OU’s 5th floor special collection libraries.
Please contact the staff for assistance (405) 325-2741. Or contact us:
Looking for opportunities to engage students in the classroom and beyond?
Want to use primary source materials to promote student learning and research?
Consider using the Galileo’s World Exhibit, on display in Bizzell Library and partner sites (and online) throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.
OU Faculty, Graduate Students, and Staff are welcome to attend our upcoming information sessions on Teaching with Galileo’s World.
Drop in for a chat. Come and go as you please.
Learn about the exhibit, discuss possibilities for students projects, and brainstorm ways of using the exhibit to meet your goals for teaching – whether in the humanities, sciences, fine arts, engineering, or other areas.
WHERE: Digital Scholarship Laboratory, Bizzell Library BLLL 121A
TIMES: Monday-Friday, 11:30-1:30
DATES: April 27-May 1 (last week of classes)
May 4- May 8 (finals week)
HOST: JoAnn Palmeri, History of Science Collections
Fifth Floor Renovations
The 5th floor is currently undergoing renovation in preparation for the upcoming Galileo’s World Exhibit. Although class visits are not possible in the interim, students and faculty are still welcome to use Collections materials for their research. Be sure to visit our new Reading Room location – Room 414 Bizzell West (open Monday-Friday 9-4:45pm/325-2760). Info on 4th Floor Services
If you can’t make these sessions but want to learn more about using Special Collections materials in support of teaching and research, please contact JoAnn Palmeri, Research Coordinator, History of Science Collections/Acting Curator, John and Mary Nichols Collection, /325-2741, email@example.com. And watch this blog for news and updates about resources and services relating to Bizzell’s 5th floor Special Collections.
For more on Galileo’s World see:
- Announcing the Galileo’s World Exhibition
- Galileo’s World website
- Exhibit Locations & Dates
- List of Galleries in Exhibit
- OU Lynx Blog
- 2 minute stories (including women and science)
- Connecting with the Classroom
- OU Athletics Department enables OU Libraries to add valuable book to Galileo collection
- OU Athletics Department enables OU Libraries to acquire manuscript for the Galileo collection
Finding Materials in the Collections
See these guides for help finding materials in the History of Science Collections: http://guides.ou.edu/hosresources, http://guides.ou.edu/hossearching, and http://guides.ou.edu/fifthfloorexhibits. Go to the Crossing Cultures Exhibit page on the exhibit guide to get a feel for the scope – in time, geography, language, and genre – of materials held in OU’s 5th floor collections.
For help with primary source materials in history (digital or print) accessible through OU Libraries, please consult Laurie Scrivener, History Librarian and Primary Research Projects Specialist/325-1903, firstname.lastname@example.org and Jackie Reese, Western History Collections Librarian/325-3641, email@example.com and Kristina Southwell, Associate Curator, Western History Collections/325-3641, firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional Subject Liaisons at OU Libraries are listed here.
As we prepare to launch a major exhibition in August, 2015, entitled Galileo’s World, we are also looking back to our history. This week marks a notable anniversary for History of Science at the University of Oklahoma. Forty-six years ago (April 8-12, 1969) the University of Oklahoma hosted a Symposium in the History of Science, cosponsored by the Midwest Junto for the History of Science and the Society of the History of Technology.
Speakers and Commentators for the event included: Lawrence Badash, Marshall Clagett, William Coleman, John C. Greene, Edward Grant, Thomas L. Hankins, John E. Murdoch, Rhoda Rappaport, Martin J. S. Rudwick, Richard S. Westfall, and David B. Wilson.
History of Science Collections Curator and Professor Duane H. D. Roller edited the proceedings (Perspectives in the History of Science and Technology, 1971).
A banquet for participants of the Symposium was held on April 11, 1969. The program for the banquet featured images of books by Galileo held in the History of Science Collections.
Works by Galileo held in the History of Science Collections are a core feature of the upcoming Galileo’s World exhibit, opening at Bizzell Memorial Library and partner sites beginning in August 2015.
- OU Athletics Department enables OU Libraries to acquire manuscript for the Galileo collection
- Galileo’s World website and OU Lynx Blog
As the exhibition year unfolds, watch for more posts as we continue to dig into the archives and rediscover aspects of the history of the Collections and the Department.
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So it seems fitting to focus on all things medieval in Norman and at the University. This includes showcasing rare books from OU’s History of Science Collections for a glimpse into how medieval scholars viewed their world.
Getting Medieval in Norman, OK
Every year since 1977, The Medieval Fair has provided one of the largest gatherings of musicians, artisans, and performers to Norman, Oklahoma. Not only is admission free but families and children of all ages flock to Reeves Park to partake in a flashback to the Medieval period (the 5th-15th centuries).
The Medieval Fair of Norman, along with the University of Oklahoma, offers a free lecture series co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and hosted at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, 6:30pm-7:30pm. The next presentation is on April 17, 2015, by Dr. David Anderson, of the Department of English at OU. He will speak on “How Shakespeare’s Romans Die: The Ethics of Suicide in Julius Caesar.”
“The Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at the University of Oklahoma promotes the study of the period in Western history that saw the development of such major components of modern life as parliamentary democracy, the nation-state, English and other modern languages, printing, Islam, global exploration, heliocentric astronomy, romantic love–and the universities in which we research and teach all these subjects.Some thirty-five faculty at OU contribute to the study of these and many other facets of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Faculty across campus and across the disciplines are associated with the Center.
Manuscripts in the Special Collections
While the Special collections on the 5th floor of Bizzell Library (Bass Business History, Bizzell Bible, History of Science, and the John and Mary Nichols Collection) are comprised predominantly of printed books, these collections also include manuscript materials.
Many 16th and 17th-century printed books in the History of Science Collections are bound with music manuscripts from the medieval period. Other books have manuscript text as part of their front and back covers. Many books have handwritten notes and marginalia sprinkled throughout the text. Much of this awaits transcription and study.
Early Modern Editions of Medieval Works
The collections holdings in early printed books include editions of the works of medieval authors as well as the works of earlier authors widely read in this period.
Among the incunabula held by the Collections (books printed before 1500) are works by these authors:
Among the holdings of medieval authors in the History of Science Collections, are these 16th-century editions of works by Albert the Great and Hildegard of Bingen.
Materials for the Study of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine
In addition to rare books and primary source materials, the History of Science Collections has significant holdings in non-rare materials: modern scholarly works, critical editions and facsimiles, introductory texts, and reference books.
The following is a select list of works relevant to the study of science, technology, the environment and medicine in the medieval period, available through OU Libraries.
Reference & Research Guides
- Thomas F. Glick, Steve Livesey, Faith Wallis, Medieval Science, Technology and Medicine: An Encyclopedia (New York: Rutledge, 2005)
- Claudia Kren, Medieval Science and Technology: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography (New York: Garland, 1985)
- David C. Lindberg and Michael H. Shank, The Cambridge History of Science v. 2 Medieval Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) ebook
- Rushdi Rashed, Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science (London: Rutledge, 1996)
- Richard C. Dales, The Scientific Achievement of the Middle Ages (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania University Press, 1973)
- Edward Grant, Physical Science in the Middle Ages (New York: Wiley, 1971 ed.)
- Gad Freudenthal, Science in Medieval Jewish Culture (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
- David C. Lindberg, Science in the Middle Ages (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978)
- Lynn White, Medieval Technology and Social Change (London: Oxford University Press, 1974)
Critical Editions & Facsimiles – Collections
- Edward Grant, A Source Book in Medieval Science (Cambridge: Harvard University Preess, 1974)
- Nancy Siraisi, Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine: An Introduction to Knowledge and Practice (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990)
- Faith Wallis, Medieval Medicine: A Reader (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010)
Critical Editions & Facsimiles – Individual Authors
- Avicenna’s De anima (Arabic text) : being the psychological part of Kitab al-Shifa’a (London: New York, 1959)
- Roger Bacon, The ‘Opus majus’ of Roger Bacon (Oxford: Clarendon, 1897)
- Jean Buridan, Quaestiones super libros De generatione et corruptione Aristotelis : a critical edition with an introduction (Leiden: Brill, 2010)
- Jamil Ragep, Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Memoir on astronomy = al-tadhkira fī ʻilm al-hayʼa (Spring-Verlag, 1993)
- Priscilla Throop and Mary Elder Jacobsen, Hildegard von Bingen’s Physica: The Complete English Translation of her Classic Work on Health and Healing (Rochester, Vt.: Healing Arts Press, 1998)
Disciplines & Topics
- Sara M. Butler, Forensic Medicine and Death Investigation in Medieval England (New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2015)
- Hilary M. Carey, Courting Disaster: Astrology at the English Court and University in the Later Middle Ages (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992)
- Marshall Clagett, The Science of Mechanics in the Middle Ages (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1959)
- Menso Folkerts, The Development of Mathematics in Medieval Europe: The Arabs, Euclid, Regiomontanus (Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate Variorum, 2006)
- Keith D. Lilley, Mapping Medieval Geographies: Geographic Encounters in the Latin West and beyond, 200-1600(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 )
- Stephen C. McCluskey, Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
- William Stahl, Martinanus Capella and the Seven Liberal Arts (New York: Columbia University Press, 1971)
Also of note:
- Kathleen Davis, Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “the Middle Ages” Outside Europe (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009)
- James Muldoon, Travellers, Intellectuals, and the World beyond Medieval Europe (Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2010)
- Marianne O’Doherty, The Indies and the Medieval West: Thought, Report, Imagination (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013)
For more information on books and materials in the history of science, technology and medicine in the collection, see the Guide to Resources in History of Science, Technology and Medicine. More Reference Works More on Primary Sources
Professor Steven J. Livesey of the Department of the History of Science has developed a database of Medieval Commentators on Aristotle and Peter Lombard’s Sentences
Visiting the History of Science Collections
While tours and class visits are not possible as we undergo renovation on the 5th floor of Bizzell Library in preparation for the Galileo’s World Exhibit (scheduled for the 2015-16 academic year), researchers continue to have individual access to our books and materials.
For a glimpse into the books in the 5th floor collections, see these guides to past exhibits: Crossing Cultures, Living Library (iBooks exhibit). Also, see our online galleries. Watch for our forthcoming post on Arabic language resources and materials for the study of the history of science, technology and medicine in Islamic cultures.
Please contact the staff for assistance (405) 325-2741. Or contact us:
- Dr. Kerry Magruder, Curator email@example.com
- Dr. JoAnn Palmeri, Research Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Melissa Rickman, Registrar email@example.com
See the Collections blog for more information on resources, activities, and events relating to OU’s 5th floor special collection libraries.
With King Richard III (1452-1485) finally being laid to rest, commemorations of his life are underway in Great Britain. In recognition of these events –the latest chapter in the saga of the discovery of the King’s remains in a parking lot in Leicester — we are sharing images relating to King Richard from books held in the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections.
Shown above are images relating to King Richard III, including a page from the Second Folio of William Shakespeare (1632). These were featured today on the screen in the Community Room of the Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center, in Bizzell Library at the University of Oklahoma.
Download the guide to our February 2013 exhibit of Richard III related books, including biographies, histories of the Kings and Queens of England, and the Second Folio of William Shakespeare.
Visiting the Collections
Access to the John and Mary Nichols Collection is available to students, faculty, and other researchers. Holdings are included in the library’s online catalog. For more information, visit the Special Collections Reading Room on the 4th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library (Room 414, west side of floor; Hours: M-F 9-4pm, 325-2760). You can also contact the Acting Curator, Dr. JoAnn Palmeri at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 325-2741.
NOTE: Because of renovations in preparation for next year’s Galileo’s World Exhibit, the 5th floor is no longer accessible to the public. Requests for materials from the Bass Business History, Bizzell Bible, History of Science, and John and Mary Nichols Collections can be made at our new 4th floor location.
“Connections” is an ongoing theme of the upcoming Galileo’s World Exhibit. This applies to the content of the exhibit, as well as to its development and implementation: groups and individuals are collaborating across campus, across disciplines, and even across the world to bring this major exhibit to fruition, beginning in August 2015. Last year we offered a teaser on such connections with a book display commemorating the 450 birthday of both Shakespeare and Galileo (see Shakespeare at 450)