UNHAPPY ANNIVERSARY! PREPARING FOR [THE GREAT] WAR

This Tuesday and Wednesday the library was happy to host a visit by Henry S. Hacker, a retired marketing consultant from Cambridge, Massachusetts and avid collector (and generous donor) of poster art. Thanks largely through Mr. Hacker’s generosity, the Yale University Center for British Art now possesses a great number of London transport posters, some of which are presently on view there in an exhibition entitled: “Art for All: British Posters for Transport.” This exhibition will soon be traveling south to our own institution as a traveling show.  

Mr. Hacker also donated 225 WWI posters to the Wolfsonian this past December, 2010. The curators here at the Wolfsonian are in the preliminary stages of deciding whether to immediately display some of these posters in one of the gallery pods, to mount a larger exhibition timed to coincide with the hundredth year anniversary of the commencement of hostilities in August 1914, or both.

Mr. Hacker spent some time these last two days looking over our library’s WWI materials with the aim of determining which items might complement the posters in future exhibitions. Our library is also a rich resource for World War I materials, including vintage propaganda postcards, sheet music covers, and rare books.

 

Gift made by Charles L. Marshall, Jr., in memory of Anna Olson, pianist

Gift of Francis Xavier Luca

Thanks to a generous donation of wartime children’s propaganda books made by Pamela K. Harer a couple of years ago, the library’s WWI holdings have expanded dramatically.

I hope that you enjoyed this teaser and are now sufficiently prepared for the greater exhibitions on the Great War soon to follow!

~ by "The Chief" on February 9, 2011.

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