News and Events at Boatwright Library
MRC Streaming Movie Service
This fall the Media Resource Center (MRC) began offering a new streaming service of popular movies for the UR resident life community. The movie streaming service complements the UR cable television programming that has been an ongoing service for over 20 years. Whereas the cable TV programming requires that someone have a TV set hooked up to the UR network, the new streaming movie service allows us to provide movies to students through a campus intranet connection and plays on any MAC or PC. The cable TV programming is scheduled to show on URTV channel 55 at 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 and 10:00 p.m., Sunday – Saturday. The streaming movie service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are over 15,000 titles to choose from, with dozens of new releases each month. Currently we program 12 – 15 titles a month. There is no extra cost to the students for this service. Students can access the list of titles for each month through the website: mrcmovies.richmond.edu.
- Paul Porterfield, Head, Media Resource Center
New Titles in Rare Books & Special Collections
One of our favorite activities in the Rare Books & Special Collections department is acquiring new materials. Three new items are highlighted below and note that you can view the Caxton Bible and the Library of Julius Santo Domingo on the 2nd floor, Silent Study area.
The Pennyroyal Caxton Bible
Gift of Bruce & Suzie Kovner
This edition of the King James Version of the Holy Bible illustrated by Barry Moser, the foremost American master of wood engravings, is the first such illustrated Bible since Gustave Dorè’s edition of the Le Saint Bible in 1865. Volume one contains the five books of Moses, the historical books and the books of poetry. Volume two contains the books of prophecy and the New Testament. Both measure 16 x 11.5 inches and are laid into its own full linen tray case. The beauty of this Bible does not rest on the illustrations alone. It is also a singular typographic achievement and an example of some of the finest printing of our time. The papers were made, some by hand, especially for this project and the exquisitely crafted vellum bindings are a marvel of craftsmanship. A limited edition print, our copy is number 231 of 400.
The Library of Julio Santo Domingo
Gift of the family of Julio Santo Domingo
This two-volume set was privately printed in a limited edition of 500 copies to commemorate the LSD Library, Julio Santo Domingo’s comprehensive collection of rare books, ephemera, manuscripts, art, and other materials focused on altered states of consciousness and related subjects. This 900-page set, finely bound and housed in handmade boxes, is lavishly illustrated with items chosen from the collection, representing literature and graphic arts on topics such as the occult, youth culture, rock music, and drug culture.
Historic Children’s Literature
Purchased at auction
Adding to our growing collection of historic children’s literature, we purchased a set of 5 early American pieces at auction this fall. Grandpapa Pease’s New Mother Goose (ca. 1848) contains beautiful hand-colored illustrations. The Little Esop (1845) measures just 3 3/16” x 2 ¾” and is a miniature book bound in purple cloth with gold gilded edges. Other titles include Henry and his Garden (ca. 1830), Rhymes by our Good Old Nurse (ca. 1835), and History of Beasts (ca. 1848).
- Lynda Kachurek, Head, Rare Books and Special Collections