The Huntington’s Very Own “Monuments Man”

In 1951, Theodore A. Heinrich was appointed curator of the Art Collections at The Huntington. He came equipped with impressive credentials, including degrees from the University of California and Cambridge University, and had studied in France and Germany before doing research on 18th-century British art. What many may not have … Continue reading

Lawrence of The Huntington

The death of actor Peter O’Toole earlier this month can’t help but bring to mind the great David Lean film in which he starred, Lawrence of Arabia. The epic about the British Army officer-archaeologist-author T. E. Lawrence will be screened by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre this Sunday, … Continue reading

The Fads and Fancies of Arabella Huntington

The title of this tome lives up to its packaging. Inside the glowing patina of an oak box is an oversized book covered in a handsome, green morocco binding decorated with a profusion of gold-tooled ornamentation: Fads and Fancies of Representative Americans at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: Being … Continue reading

A Place of Honor

Visitors who’ve roamed The Huntington might have noticed a bronze plaque near the pool at the south end of the Jungle Garden dedicated to William Hertrich, Henry Huntington’s first superintendent of the gardens.  But over the years the plaque gradually became obscured by the surrounding flora, an off-the-beaten track recognition … Continue reading

EXHIBITIONS | One Easy Piece

Deciding what goes into a library exhibition is far more difficult than you might expect. After months of research in books and archival collections, you’re expected to concentrate all of that knowledge and insight into fewer than 100 items. In my case, the effort to select appropriate pieces often means … Continue reading

EXHIBITIONS | Welcome to Los Robles Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

I came across quite a few interesting pieces when I was researching my current exhibition, “Cultivating California: Founding Families of the San Marino Ranch.” When I was researching George S. Patton (senior), I stumbled upon an item that was begging to be displayed. On an onion-skin sheet dated April 26, … Continue reading

The Life of Skip Brack

Bibliographers seldom get much attention, especially when they choose the literary giant Samuel Johnson as their subject. Scholar O M “Skip” Brack Jr. relished living in the shadow of such greatness, annotating scholarly editions of Johnson’s writings while earning the respect and admiration from those who meant the most to … Continue reading

Remembering a Gentleman and Scholar

Remembering a Gentleman and Scholar

Huntington readers and staff have many fond memories of John Steadman (pictured at left, above), who was a much-loved member of our community for more than 40 years, and whose numerous publications may be found on the Library’s shelves. John’s combination of deep scholarship, selfless service, and warm fellowship made … Continue reading