46 Years Ago Today: A Galileo-Inspired Banquet at OU’s Symposium in the History of Science

April1969As we prepare to launch a major exhibition in August, 2015, entitled Galileo’s Worldwe 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).

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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.

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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.

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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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For  information on visiting the History of Science Collections see Contact Us – Visit; also see the website of the Department of the History of Science

 

 

Rendering of new lobby for the History of Science Collections, coming summer 2015
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Medieval Times

Ulyssess Aldrovandi, Serpentum, et Draconum Historiae (Bolognia, 1640)Norman’s annual Medieval Fair follows fast on the heels of the Spring Equinox.

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

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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.”

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“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.

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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.

In addition to manuscript materials within printed books, the 5th floor collections also contain manuscript (handwritten) books.  Included among these are a 15th century Book of Hours.

 

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:

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Hrabanus Maurus,  1467

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Pietro de’ Crescenzi,  1471

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John Duns Scotus, 1481

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Peter Lombard, 1487

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 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.

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Albert the Great, 1518

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Saint Hildegard, 1533

 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

Overviews

Critical Editions & Facsimiles – Collections

Critical Editions & Facsimiles – Individual Authors

Disciplines & Topics

Also of note:

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:

See the Collections blog for more information on resources, activities, and events relating to OU’s 5th floor special collection libraries.

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Closing a Chapter on King Richard III

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.

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Past Exhibits

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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.

 

See the earlier posts Reprising King Richard III at OU and Richard III at OU

 

 

 

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 palmerij@ou.edu 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)

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Teach-In on The Western Frontier

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The Western Frontier is the theme of the 2015 University of Oklahoma Teach-In, scheduled for Monday, March 9, in Catlett Music Center and other campus locations.

For information on resources available at OU Libraries relating to the themes of the event, see the online guide Teach-In 2015: The Western Frontier.

View the display entitled The Birth and Founding of the First and Foremost National Park: Yellowstone National Park, on the 4th floor of Bizzell Library, outside of the Government Documents Collection.

 

OU’s Special Collections and the History of the American West 

The University of Oklahoma is the home of the Western History Collections, a special collection with the following mission: “Its purpose is to enhance the University Libraries general collection on the history of the American West; to support the research and teaching programs of the University of Oklahoma; and to provide opportunities for research through the acquisition, preservation, and access of materials relating to the development of the Trans-Mississippi West and Native American cultures.”

Beyond Western History, there are several other special collections on the University of Oklahoma  campus that have materials relevant to the study of American history and history of the American West. The rich and substantial holdings of the Western History Collections are supplemented by materials from Bass Business History, Bizzell Bible, History of Science, and the John and Mary Nichols Collection. Books and archival materials within these collections support a wide range of studies in 19th-century culture and American history —  science, technology, industry, commerce, religion, history, philosophy, politics, and  literature.

 

History of Science Collections:  Science, Technology, the Environment & Medicine in the American West

The History of Science Collections has a variety of primary source materials for the study of science in the 19th century: scientific journals, encyclopedias of the arts and sciences, expedition and travel accounts, treatises in botany, geography, geology, medicine, and natural history.  The following images offer a a glimpse into these materials:

 

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John Coulter, Text-book of western botany, consisting of Coulter’s Manual of the botany of the Rocky mountains, to which is prefixed Gray’s lessons in botany. For the use of schools and colleges between the Mississippi river and the Rocky mountains (1865 N.Y.)

 

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James T. Lloyd, Lloyd’s steamboat directory, and disasters on the western waters    (1856, Cincinnati)

 

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Jules Marcou, Geology of North America (Zurich, 1858)

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Howard Stansbury, An expedition to the valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah: including a description of its geography, natural history and minerals, and an analysis of its waters (1852, Philadelphia)

 

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Othniel Charles Marsh, The dinosaurs of North America (Washington, 1896)

Resources in the History of Science, Technology, Environment, and 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 American West:

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.

 

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. Please contact the staff for assistance (405) 325-2741.

For a glimpse into the books in the 5th floor collections, see these guides to past exhibits: Crossing CulturesCivil War Teach-InConstitution Day.

See the Collections blog for more information on resources, activities, and events relating to OU’s 5th floor special collection libraries. Or contact us:

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Celebrating Darwin’s Birthday

In recognition of Darwin Day 2015, the annual celebration of the birthday of naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882), we invite you to learn more about books and manuscript materials by Darwin held in the History of Science Collections at the University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Below please find an overview of the Darwin Collection, previously posted on the occasion of an exhibition of Darwin First Editions: Exhibit brochure (pdf)

More than First Editions

To view all of Charles Darwin’s printed volumes in their first editions yields an unforgettable impression of the breadth and beauty of Darwin’s work. However, to support research, the Collections holds far more than just the first editions, for scholars need to see how editions of works were changed, and how translations differ. Darwinism in Germany was different than Darwinism in France or England or America, so hundreds of editions and translations have been collected. One unusual example is Darwin, Die Opshtamung fun Menschen (New York, 1926 [vol. title 1923]; The Descent of Man in Yiddish), F1139.

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Another is a Norwegian edition of Origin of Species (1890) which is not listed in the Freeman Bibliography.

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The Portrait collections include several depictions of Darwin, including a Darwin caricature from Vanity Fair magazine (Sept 30, 1871).

Also available in the History of Science Collections are the journals in which Darwin published his articles, the works of Darwin’s contemporaries and recent books about Darwin that support current scholarship in the history of science. With the resources of the Darwin Collection at your fingertips, the History of Science Collections of the University of Oklahoma Libraries offers an ideal place to read and study Charles Darwin.

More than Printed Works

Through making its holdings available through Landmarks of Science and various digital projects, the purpose of the History of Science Collections is to facilitate research in the University of Oklahoma Libraries and beyond.

Darwin letterThe Collections holds four handwritten Darwin letters:

  1. 1864-Feb22
  2. 1869-Jan23
  3. 1869-Oct7
  4. 1870-Feb24

The Collections are making available the enhanced ePub versions of works in the history of geology prepared by Robert Cody. So far, these ePubs include Darwin’s work on coral reefs.

OU is a major contributor to Cambridge University’s Darwin Online. Having provided digital versions of nearly 40 obscure editions, the Collections’ contribution is second only to Cambridge itself.

For more info . . .

Read more about the Galleries, browse the Darwin first editions, and view a list of additional Digitized Books.

See also the recent book Political Descent  by Dr. Piers Hale, Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma.

For a recap of recent Darwin commemorations at the University of Oklahoma see Darwin 2009

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Mellon Travel Fellowships

Through a generous endowment provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Oklahoma offers a short-term travel fellowship program to support research in the history of science for periods ranging from 2 to 8 weeks. For information about travel fellowships, start here:

  1. Fellowship program
  2. FAQ

Applicants preparing proposals should contact the History of Science Collections Research Coordinator, JoAnn Palmeri.

Proposals are evaluated according to the following schedule:

  • Proposal deadline for fellowships in the Spring term: October 1. Decisions announced by October 15.
  • Proposal deadline for fellowships in the Summer terms: February 1. Decisions announced by February 15.
  • Proposal deadline for fellowships in the Fall term: April 1. Decisions announced by April 15.

To extend their stay, and to conserve program funds for use by additional fellows, applicants are encouraged to consider the fellowship program as a means of supplementing the partial funding which they may be able to obtain from their own institutions or other sources.

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Renovation progress

A major renovation project now underway on the 5th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library will transform how students and the public experience special collections. With an area of approximately 10,000 square feet under construction, the project will reconfigure the old lobby, reading rooms and office areas into enhanced public access, research and exhibition spaces.

The floor houses four distinct special collections:

  • History of Science Collections
  • Bass Business History Collection
  • John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections
  • Bizzell Bible Collection

Each collection will become more accessible and better known as a result of these renovations. They will share a common lobby, which will gain a more dignified atmosphere befitting a great research center. Near the elevator end of the lobby, visitors will orient themselves to exhibitions in a multimedia theater. At the far end of the lobby, the Roller Reading Room, along with an adjacent conference room, will provide an accessible and secure study space for students and researchers to examine special collections materials.

The new Exhibition Hall will bring more visitors to the Bass, Nichols and Bizzell areas of the floor than ever before. Every 5th floor exhibition, including Galileo’s World, will draw from all four collections. This is one reason why exhibits will be interdisciplinary in character. (The word World in Galileo’s World is important; Galileo’s World is not a purely history of science exhibit, nor is it strictly about Galileo himself.)

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The James G. Harlow, Jr. room will become a special events meeting room and classroom, distinguished by its unique combination of high tech with a rare books ambiance.

Behind the scenes, all four climate-controlled vaults on the 5th floor are now equipped with compact shelving, increasing the floor’s capacity to maintain rare materials in safe and secure conditions.

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Construction is currently on track to complete the renovation project by the end of the semester. Installation of Galileo’s World will occur during the summer, toward an opening date of August 1.

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See the previous post on BL5 renovation. For renovation-related service updates, see our Researcher pages.

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