Woody Allen Exhibition Extended Through November 17


Campus visitors and faculty and students returning from Fall Break still have a chance to view a selection of Woody Allen film scripts on display in the Firestone Library.  The exhibition, “Woody Allen: The Screenwriter at Work,” will continue through Sunday, November 17, in the Eighteenth-Century Window of Firestone Library.  On display are versions of What’s New, Pussycat? (1965), Sleeper (1973), Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), and Midnight in Paris (2010).

Exhibition hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00, and Saturday – Sunday, 12:00-5:00.

The exhibition was held in conjunction with the October 27 question-and-answer session with the celebrated American movie director, screenwriter, and author in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.  A review of the Q & A session was posted on the Wall Street Journal blog: “Woody Allen Talks About Talent, Luck and Comedy at Princeton.”

For more about the exhibition and the Woody Allen Papers at Princeton, see Woody Allen: The Screenwriter at Work.

03. November 2013 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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2013-2014 Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize

(c) Jane and Louise Wilson, Oddments Room II (Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle), 2008. C-print, Edition of 4. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York.

(c) Jane and Louise Wilson, Oddments Room II (Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle), 2008. C-print, Edition of 4. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York.


Deadline for Entries: Monday, December 2, 2013

The Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize is endowed from the estate of Elmer Adler, who for many years encouraged the collecting of books by Princeton undergraduates.

It is awarded annually to the undergraduate student or students who, in the opinion of the judges, have shown the most thought and ingenuity in assembling a thematically coherent collection of books, manuscripts, or other material normally collected by libraries. The rarity or monetary value of the student’s collection are not as important as the creativity and persistence shown in collecting and the fidelity of the collection to the goals described in a personal essay.

The personal essay is about a collection owned by the student. It should describe the thematic or artifactual nature of the collection and discuss with some specificity the unifying characteristics that have prompted the student to think of certain items as a collection. It should also convey a strong sense of the student’s motivations for collecting and what their particular collection means to them personally. The history of the collection, including collecting goals, acquisition methods, and milestones are of particular interest, as is a critical look at how the goals may have evolved over time and an outlook on the future development of the collection. Essays are judged in equal measures on the strength of the collection and the strength of the writing.

Essays should be submitted via e-mail, in a Microsoft Word attachment, to Regine Heberlein: heberlei@princeton.edu by Monday, December 2, 2013 and should be between 9-10 pages long, 12pt, double-spaced, with a 1-inch margin. In addition to the ten-page essay, each entry should include a selected bibliography of no more than 3 pages detailing the items in the collection. A separate cover sheet should include your name, class year, residential address, email address, and phone number. Please note that essays submitted in file formats other than Microsoft Word, submitted without cover sheet, or submitted without a bibliography will not be forwarded to the judges.

Winners will receive their prizes at the annual winter dinner of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, which they are expected to attend. The first-prize essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle. In addition, the first-prize essay has the honor of representing Princeton University in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Please note that per the ABAA’s contest rules, the winning essay will be entered exactly as submitted to the Adler Prize contest, without possibility of revision.

Deadline for Entries: December 2, 2013

First prize: $2000
Second prize: $1500
Third prize: $1000

Suggested readings from Paul Needham, Scheide Librarian:

Michael Sadleir, preface to his XIX Century Fiction (1951). Firestone 3579.079
A.N.L. Munby, Essays and Papers (1977). Firestone Z992.M958
John Carter, Taste and Technique in Book Collecting (1970). Firestone 0511.241.2.1970
G. Thomas Tanselle “The Rationale of Collecting,” Studies in Bibliography. Online at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/bsuva/sb

30. October 2013 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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Found in Firestone

Whenever a building gets turned inside out, unexpected mementos of its past inhabitants are sure to emerge. The renovation of Firestone Library, a project scheduled to continue to 2018, has involved the demolition of several areas and the discovery of diverse ephemera. “Found in Firestone,” a new exhibition in the main lobby of the University Library, shows some of the items left behind by the workers who built the Library and the students who have studied there.


Perhaps not unexpectedly, a fair amount of pornography lurked in study carrels. Newspapers from 1948, the year Firestone opened, were stuffed behind old walls.


Travel seemed to be another theme: an 1850s guide for visitors to Oxford was found behind a cabinet, and a brochure for tours to pre-revolutionary Havana turned up in a carrel.


Perhaps the strangest object was an origami bird discovered in the back of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s 1889 bronze sculpture of University President James McCosh’s head, with a note: “On March 20, 1969, 4:37 p.m. This particular paper was inserted in the orifice located posteriorally (to the subject’s face) so that you, the discoverer of this message, will be cognizant of its significance.”

These and other objects found by Ted Munz and his team from Massimino Building Company, the construction managers for the project, are displayed in a case beneath a rediscovered tapestry from the original faculty lounge. The exhibition, organized by Project Coordinator Margaret Kehrer and prepared by John Walako and Gretchen Oberfranc, is free and open to the public.

14. October 2013 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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Egyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed Ali Ibrahim al-Nasr


“Gassour” [Hassan Mazhar Gassour, 1925-1992], one-sheet film poster for al-Tariq al-Mustaqim [The Straight Path] (Eqypt, 1943). Color lithograph printed in Cairo by al-Cinema al-Arabiyah. Arabic Movie Posters and Lobby Cards Collection, Graphic Arts Collection, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

Egyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed Ali Ibrahim al-Nasr

Main Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University

21 September 2013 – 2 February 2014

Historical studies of the “golden age” of the Egyptian film industry, from the 1940s to the mid-1960s, have paid little attention to the colorful posters that advertised those films and the people who designed them. A new exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Princeton University Library, “Egyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed Ali Ibrahim al-Nasr,” highlights the artistic style, variation, and evolution of the artwork created by what became, by 1960, the most prominent film poster printing houses in Cairo. The dozens of posters and lobby cards on display, produced from the 1940s through the 1990s, are drawn from Princeton’s extensive Arabic Movie Posters and Lobby Cards Collection, acquired in Lebanon in 2008.  The exhibition runs from 21 September 2013 through 2 February 2014. An opening lecture and reception will be held on 29 September 2013. Dr. Christiane Gruber (Class of 1998) of the University of Michigan will speak at 3:00 p.m. in McCormick Hall on “The Painterly ‘Still’ in Modern Egyptian, Iranian, and Turkish Visual Cultures.” A reception will follow in the Main Gallery of Firestone Library. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery tours will be offered by the exhibition curator, James Weinberger, Curator of Near Eastern Collections, on Sunday, October 13, at 1 p.m. and Sunday, November 17, at 1 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., closed holidays. For further information, please contact James Weinberger (609-258-3279 or jwwein@princeton.edu).


03. September 2013 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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Cotsen Children’s Library to Host International Conference


The Cotsen Children’s Library will host the conference “Putting the Figure on the Map: Imagining Sameness and Difference for Children” from Wednesday, September 11, through Friday, September 13, 2013.  The Conference is geared to professionals and experts in illustrated children’s literature and librarians and K-12 teachers are welcome.

This interdisciplinary program about international illustrated children’s books, co-organized by Emer O’Sullivan and Andrea Immel, will draw on the approaches in imagology, history, anthropology, psychology, and literary criticism.  It will focus on modes of expression arising within or outside the classroom that either target children or appropriate discourses for them that create competing, complimentary, or contradictory images of foreign nations and their peoples.  The program will also feature a workshop featuring primary resources from the Cotsen collection.

Registration is free to Princeton University students, faculty and staff; $25 for all others.  To register online, visit:


Visit the conference website for speaker biographies and abstracts at:


For more information, please contact Andrea Immel, Curator, Cotsen Children’s Library, at aimmel@princeton.edu.

The Cotsen Children’s Library is a unit within the Department  of Rare Books and Special Collections in Princeton’s Firestone Library.  The gift of Lloyd E. Cotsen, Class of 1950, Charter Trustee, and collector, Cotsen is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of international historical illustrated children’s books, prints, manuscripts, original artwork, and educational toys.

For directions to the Cotsen Children’s Library:  http://www.princeton.edu/cotsen/aboutus/directions


11 September 2013

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm:  Reception (Cotsen Children’s Library, Firestone Library)

12 September 2013 (All activities Thursday take place at Friend Center, William Street, Room 113, unless otherwise noted.)

9:30 am – 10:15 am:  Registration and coffee

10:15 am – 10:30 am:  Welcome

10:30 am – 12:00 pm:  Session 1 Ethnography on Display

  • Emer O’Sullivan  “Picturing the World for Children: Early Nineteenth-Century Images of Foreign Nations”
  • Gillian Lathey “Figuring the World: Representing Children’s Encounters with Other Peoples  and Cultures at the 1851 Great Exhibition”
  • Silke Meyer (via Skype)  “Politics in the Children’s Perspective: National Stereotypes in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Prints”

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm:  Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm:  Session 2  Images Instrumentalized

  • Martina Seifert “Appropriating the Wild North: The Image of Canada and Its Exploitation in German Children’s Literature”
  • Lara Saguisag “Foreign Yet Familiar: Theorizing the Immigrant Child in Progressive Era Comic Strips 1896-1912”

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm:  Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm:

  • Amanda Brian  “Civilizing Children and Animals in Lothar Meggendorfer’s Moveable Books”
  • Eric J. Johnson  “Teaching How to Hate: Oncle Hansi’s Pedagogial Polemic and  the Question of Alsatian Nationalism”

13 September 2013 (Venue to be announced.)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Session 3 Internationalism, Pacifism, and Tolerance, I

  • Nina Christensen “Education to Tolerance: Citizens of the World in Eighteenth-Century Children’s Literature and Children’s Literature of Today”
  • Cynthia Koepp “An Anthropologist Shows Children a World of Difference: The Pedagogical Imagination of Louis-François Jauffret”
  • Minjie Chen “Foreigners Not (Yet) in One Box: Discourse on Race and Foreign Nationals in Chinese Children’s Reading Materials 1890-1920

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm:  Lunch

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm:  Session 4 Internationalism, Pacifism, and Tolerance, II

  • Farah Mendlesohn “National Characters, National Character: Children in Pacifist and Anti-Militaristic Publications for Children Between the Wars”
  • Gabriele von Glasenapp “Information or Exoticization?: Constructing Religious Difference in Children’s Non-Fiction”
  • Margaret R. Higonnet “No Child Is an Island”

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm:   Session V Primary Materials Workshop (Cotsen Children’s Library, Firestone Library)

  • Jill Shefrin  “Pictures for Tarry-at-home Travellers”
  • Setsuko Noguchi   “Around the World in One Game: Japanese Picture Sugoroku

5:00 pm:  Closing words

20. August 2013 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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