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Quick post: Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; wrapping up the semester

November 9, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hi everyone. Yes, I was overdue for a post, but it’s busier than usual the last few weeks, and then last week I had some minor surgery on my right foot. All is well and I’m back in business.

For today, just a quick post for anyone heading up to NYC soon. My friend James Doyle is assistant curator in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he has helped curate this exhibition with the chief curator, Joanne Pillsbury, Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas. You can read more about the models in blog posts from the museum here (there are only two at the moment, since it’s a new exhibition) and information about visiting the Met here.

Second, If there are any Georgetown faculty or students reading this, let me know how I can help you finish up the rest of the semester. This is the time when many students are at least starting preliminary work on their final papers. Professors, let me know if I can come to your class for a presentation on library resources (as specific or as general as you’d like, and for as short or as you’d like), and students, feel free to meet with me in person for research assistance, and or even chat via my research guides for help. If I’m logged into chat (and I’m not right now because I’m writing this!) a chat box will appear. I actually “met” with a student last week this way while I was out with my foot and it worked well. My e-mail is mrs249[at]

Have a great week! More soon.

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Two local collections

April 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve visited two excellent library collections that are right here in DC, The Oliveira Lima Library at the Catholic University of America, and the Dumbarton Oaks Library and Archives, which are actually part of the Harvard University Library system.

The Oliveira Lima Library began as a donation from the writer and diplomat Manoel de Oliveira Lima, who actually ran the library himself after he donated it to CUA. While it chiefly focuses on Brazil, it contains titles from throughout the world. If you wish to use the collection, please give careful attention to the collection’s access policies. Like many specialized collections, it is important to have a good idea to know what you’re searching for before you contact the library. Here at Georgetown, we have quite a few works by Oliveira Lima, including a catalog about the rarest titles in the collection, as well as a more general (yet incomplete) print catalog. In this tab of the WRLC catalog, I was able to limit my results to only the Lima library as well. The Catholic University of America is quite accessible, just off of the Red Line, about a 15-20 minute trip from the Dupont Circle stop towards Glenmont.

The Dumbarton Oaks library specializes in Pre-Columbian art and culture, and primarily serves scholars who are in residence at the research center there. However, for other specialized researchers, generally at the graduate level and above, it is possible to obtain a weekday pass. Like the Oliveira Lima Library, because of its special and often quite rare materials, it is not possible to simply walk in and use the collection, so please see the access rules for more information. The librarian there also mentioned that there is a strong collection on the linguistics of indigenous languages, both historical and present-day. Also take note of their fellowships, which would also provide access to the collection for their duration. To search the collection, you use Harvard’s library catalog. Its advanced search allows you to limit your search specifically to Dumbarton Oaks.

Dumbarton Oaks is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Georgetown campus, and even you don’t end up doing research there, take some time to visit its beautiful grounds, they are stunning.

In the future, I will be visiting other collections in the area and writing about them here. No library has absolutely everything, and so learning more about what’s nearby helps everyone.

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