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Dr Steve Hindle presentation

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Mobility Showcase Events

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Dr Steve Hindle presentation

  1. 1. AHRC Mobility Showcase Events 14xii2011 (Edinburgh University); 15ii2011 (UCL)The Henry E. Huntington Library San Marino, California Dr Steve Hindle(W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research) shindle@huntington.org
  2. 2. • The Library: a research and reference collectionLibrary, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens• The Art Collection: strengths in British, European and American Art; especially 18th c British portraiture; French decorative arts• The Botanical gardens: a Japanese garden, a Chinese garden, a desert garden, a tropical garden• The research program: fully-endowed (the W.M. Keck Foundation; the William French Smith Endowment)
  3. 3. • Founded 1924Origins and History of the Collections• One of America’s greatest collections of Anglo- American history and literature• Originally designed to foster ‘research on the origin and progress of the English speaking people’• Strong holdings in early printing (incunables) and the history of science• Subsequent diversification: cartography, prints, historical photographs, European printed books
  4. 4. • Particular strengths in British & American history and literature, esp. in the early modern periodA collections-based research institution• Early printed books (a major source for EEBO)• Archival collections (MSS Ellesmere, Hastings, Montagu, Stowe)• Curatorial expertise: http://www.huntington.org/thehuntington_full.aspx ?id=598• Huntington Digital Library http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/
  5. 5. • The Munger Research Center (Administrative HQ, President’s Office; Directors of the LibraryThe Facilities and of Research; Long-term fellows offices)• The Ahmonson Reading Room: rare books and manuscripts (averages 70 readers per day, consulting 1100 rare items between them)• The Rothenberg Reading Room: reference collection; secondary literature; journals• The Gardens: a research resource in themselves
  6. 6. • $1.5m in research grants each yearA fully-endowed fellowship program• Approximately 150 competitive fellowships • 130 short-term fellowships (1-3 months) • 13-14 long-term fellowships (9-12 months)• Six distinguished fellowships by invitation • Five are restricted to specific fields (British History/literature; 19th c. American History; American history, literature or art history; early American history; the history of science) • A sixth (the Avery Chair) is open to any field
  7. 7. • Both long-term and short-term fellowshipsThe Dibner Program (History of Science)• Very significant program funding (workshops, seminars)• The Burndy library (60,000 volumes), with particular strengths in the printed scientific books (both British and European) of the Renaissance and Enlightenment
  8. 8. • 1500 readers a year (150 grantees)The Huntington Research Culture• A ‘library of last resort’• Digitization of finding aids (HDL) rather than of collections• Lunchtime sociability• ‘Brown bag’ seminars• Fellows’ seminar group
  9. 9. • Frances Dolan (English, UC Davis)Distinguished fellows 2011-12• Ramon Guttierez (History, Chicago)• Peter Stallybrass (English, Penn)• Skip Stout (History/Religious Studies, Yale)• Bob Westmann (History, UC San Diego)
  10. 10. • Chris Brooks (History, Durham)Distinguished fellows 2012-13• Bill Brown (English, Chicago)• David Hancock (History, Michigan)• Bruce Levine (History, Illinois)• Alan Taylor (History, UC Davis)
  11. 11. • Alison Games (History, Georgetown)Distinguished fellows 2013-14 [include]• Theresa Kelly (English, Wisconsin)• James Simpson (English, Harvard)
  12. 12. • Fully endowed: 6 x 2-day conferences a yearThe Conference Program• 12 speakers (up to 6 from the UK)• Hospitality at the Caltech Athenaeum• Now open to competitive tender (deadline: 15 March 2012)• Why is the Huntington the right venue?• Why is this the right time for this theme?
  13. 13. Samuel Johnson: New Contexts for a New CenturyConferences 2011-12 Civil War Lives• The New Maritime History• Sociable Places: Locating Enlightenment Culture• Visual Knowledge in the Early Modern Americas• Literary “Life Writing”• Genealogies of Genius••
  14. 14. • Britain’s American RevolutionConferences 2012-13• Systems of Life: Politics, Economies, and the Biological Sciences, 1750-1850• The Republic of Letters in North America, 1500- 1800• The Board of Longitude, 1714-1828• The Practice of Rulership, c.850-c.1250• Capitalizing on Finance: New Directions in the History of Capitalism
  15. 15. • Up to ten medium-term fellowshipsBringing the AHRC to the HEHL Party• 3-6 months duration• £1000pcm plus airfare• Working (but NOT office) space• Help with finding accommodation• Significant contributions to, and benefits from, a thriving research culture