Eco Edo: Uncovering the Ecological Heart of Edo Art

Published: February 7, 2024

On February 2, 2024, the scholarly conference “Eco Edo: Ecological Perspectives on Early Modern Japanese Art” was held, serving as a pivotal second event in the “Open Edo: Diverse, Ecological, and Global Perspectives on Japanese Art, 1603–1868” series, organized by the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies. This year-long 2023-24 Core Program brought together six…

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Oscar Wilde’s final hours: UCLA’s Joseph Bristow to correct the record in lecture at Clark Library

Published: January 30, 2024

Oscar Wilde’s life has been examined in minute detail in numerous biographies and countless articles. But the details of his death have been widely misunderstood, according to UCLA’s Joseph Bristow. Bristow, a distinguished professor of English and leading scholar on Wilde, will help set the record straight in a free lecture at UCLA’s William Andrews…

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The Clark Library featured in the Fall 2023 issue of UCLA Magazine

Published: December 22, 2023
Photo of Arie Nair, Clark Library Student Assistant, in the North Reading Room

The Clark Library was featured in the Fall 2023 issue of UCLA magazine. Multiple photos of the Clark Library can be seen throughout this issue. On page 4, in the table of contents, is a photo of the vestibule ceiling. Page 11, under “Bruinology” is a lovely photo of the North Book Room as Arie…

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David Ruggles Prize winner Erin Severson

Published: December 22, 2023
Photo of Erin Severson

Erin Severson, UCLA Ph.D. student and former student library assistant at the Clark Library, was one of the winners of this year’s David Ruggles Prize in Book Collecting. Erin was featured in Fine Books and Collections’ “Bright Young Collectors” series (November 2023): https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine-books-news/david-ruggles-prizewinner-erin-severson-collecting-18th-century-and-odd-volumes

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Converting Natural Resources conference

Published: December 15, 2023

On December 1 and 2, 2023, scholars from various disciplines convened at a two-day conference titled “Converting Natural Resources: Representations, Performances, Narratives,” hosted by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles. This gathering, building upon discussions initiated at the Renaissance Society of America meetings in Dublin in 2022 and San Juan in 2023…

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Cooking the Books

Published: December 4, 2023

Dr. Marissa Nicosia recently spoke at the Clark on manuscript recipe books and their connection to Early Modern English literature, as well as how she adapts the recipes for modern kitchens. She walked the audience through some contemporary recipe-book history, telling listeners about the connectedness of food and medicine, the practice of sending recipes in…

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Inaugural Spotlight Talk

Published: November 22, 2023

On November 15, 2023, I had the pleasure of being in attendance at Arthur L. Little, Jr.’s “Citing Race and Seeing Death in Shakespeare,” the inaugural talk in The Clark Memorial Library’s Spotlight Talk series. Dr. Little’s presentation, which begins with Ben Jonson’s reading of Shakespeare in the First Folio and concludes with a careful…

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Illuminating Edo

Published: November 1, 2023
Photo of Conference Speakers panel, Open Edo: Conference 1

In what was no doubt a particularly laborious act of diplomacy, representatives from the Netherlands sent three gargantuan lanterns to Japan as diplomatic gifts during the Edo period (1603-1868). Unbeknownst to the Dutch, however, the lanterns’ true provenance was later altered to further enhance the objects as markers of shogunal authority and prestige. One of…

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‘Everybody’s place’: Clark Library Open House delights guests

Published: October 24, 2023
Image of Clark Library Drawing Room with Open House attendees

“A library is a focal point, a sacred place to a community; and its sacredness is its accessibility, its publicness,” author Ursula K. Le Guin famously said. “It’s everybody’s place.” To celebrate one such world-class resource, the UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library held its annual open house and adopt-a-book fair Oct. 7, inspiring more…

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In Memoriam: Mary Terrall

Published: September 19, 2023

I write with sad news. Our dear colleague and friend Mary Terrall, Professor of History Emerita, passed away on September 11, 2023. Mary was a brilliant historian of science and a beautifully literary writer, whose work, teeming with the richly observed and vibrant detail with which her subjects imagined the natural world, transformed our understanding…

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New Financial Analyst Juliette Wise

Published: September 1, 2023

We are pleased to welcome Juliette Wise, the Center & Clark’s new Financial Analyst, to our team.  As a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a B.A. in English and a specialization in early modern literature, Juliette’s academic interests are perfectly aligned with the Center and Clark Library’s programs. Juliette began…

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Laura Clennon accepts the position of Assistant Director

Published: September 1, 2023

Please join us in welcoming Laura Clennon, the Center & Clark’s new Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Director. Laura has worked at UCLA in various capacities for the past 17 years and is eager to immerse herself in all things Center & Clark.  Laura began her academic career as a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature…

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Item Not Found

Published: August 21, 2023

In March, Rebecca Fenning Marschall, Nina Schneider, Anna Chen, and Oakland University (OU) librarians Emily Spunaugle and Molly McGuire organized a two-day joint conference, “Item Not Found: Accounting for Loss in Libraries, Archives, and Other Heritage and Memory Organizations.” The conference was anchored by keynote speakers Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, T-Kay Sangwand, and Gabriel Solís, and featured…

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Regency Fun and Fanfare

Published: August 21, 2023

On Saturday, July 22, the Clark Library held “Regency Fun and Fanfare: A Workshop on Jane Austen and the Art of the Conversation Fan.” Participants enjoyed discovering the fascinating history and artistry of Regency-era fans in this interactive workshop led by Dr. Leigh-Michil George. Dr. George took inspiration from the charades in Austen’s Emma and…

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Mahogany, Sugar, and Architecture in Eighteenth-Century Caribbean “Economy”

Published: August 21, 2023

The leaf of a late eighteenth-century folding fan held at the Clark Library titled General Idea of Sciences lists, as its final item, “Economy: Informs us how to regulate our expences & is always commendable.” “Architecture,” meanwhile, “Is the Art of Building with Taste and Solidity.” Delegating only two branches of the Vitruvian triad to…

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Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Graduate Certificate in Early Modern Studies

Published: August 18, 2023

UCLA offers a number of certificate programs for graduate students, which are interdisciplinary in nature and draw upon the strengths of faculty and their research specializations. These programs are designed to provide additional advanced training in emerging fields of research and knowledge. One such program is the Graduate Certificate in Early Modern Studies, administered by…

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Call for Papers: Captivity: Assembling Nature’s Histories

Published: August 7, 2023
Photograph of book: Pressed specimens of butterflies and moths (1905), compiled by Yasushi Nawa, courtesy of Clark Library collections

May 17, 2024 One-day conference May 18, 2024 Public lecture on science Workshop on flora and fauna on the Clark grounds Organized by: Rebecca Fenning Marschall; rfenning@humnet.ucla.edu Anna Chen; achen@humnet.ucla.edu Summary: The early modern period was a hothouse for the study of physical things in the natural world, and for the collection and assembly of…

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A Fond Farewell to Candis Snoddy

Published: June 30, 2023

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that we extend our best wishes and a fond farewell to Candis Snoddy, who retired in June 2023 after an impressive 35 years of employment at UCLA. For the last 29 years, Candis ably served the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and Clark Library. All…

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Augustin Hadelich performs for Chamber Music at the Clark concert series

Published: May 30, 2023

It was an honor hosting Augustin Hadelich on April 23 as our penultimate concert in the 2022-23 season of Chamber Music at the Clark.  William Andrews Clark Jr. was an accomplished violinist and founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and one can be certain that Mr. Clark would’ve been delighted to have one of the…

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