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Archives & Manuscripts

Book Making in the 18th Century: In Diderot's Encyclopedie, 1751-1780

March 17, 2014 - August 31, 2014, Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10-4:00
Hamilton Library 5th floor, Room A550, The John and Gertrude Troupe Moir Reading Room

diderot encyclopedia

Find out how books were produced in the 18th century, in this exhibit that features reproductions of copper engravings that describe the mechanical arts and trades of man. Former University Archivist James Cartwright assembled the exhibit, selecting images from Denis Diderot's Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, a set of volumes housed in the library's rare book collection. The Encyclopédie describes, in painstaking detail, the mechanics of everyday trades in 18th century France. Cartwright focused on papermaking and the casting of metal alphabets for printing on sheets of handmade paper that would eventually be turned into books.

The exhibit includes four original volumes of the Encyclopédie on display, as well as implements of the papermaking and printing trades. Artifact loans from Mission Houses Museum and contemporary Hawaii-based book artist James Rumford, complete the narrative of the bookmaking arts. Pages in the original volumes will be turned weekly to reveal more engravings that illustrate the complex processes of book making.

Asia Collection

Indian Arts and Architecture at Doris Duke's Shangri La

October 24, 2014 - January 31, 2015 - 4th floor of Hamilton Library

This exhibit celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Mughal Suite at Shangri La, former home of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, located at the foot of Diamond Head.

The Mughal dynasty was founded in the 16th century and continued through the mid-19th century when the British colonial regime deposed the last emperor. The most famous architectural example from the Mughal period is the Taj Mahal, built in 1632 by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

The images on display are objects of art in the Mughal Suite, such as a gold enameled boat, elephant, horse and peacock from the 19th century, and architectural features of the Mughal Suite, including drawings, photographs and correspondence between Doris Duke and Francis B. Blomfield – a well-known Delhi based architect.

Indian Arts and Architecture at Doris Duke's Shangri La

Presented by Maja Clark, Collections Manager, and Dawn Sueoka, Assistant Archivist, at Shangri La/Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Voices from Siam

Fall 2014

Siam (Thailand) is a kingdom with a rich history and thriving culture. This exhibit showcases Siam’s wondrous stories as told by various people from around the world and from within the nation herself.

Each piece selected in this exhibit is unique and tells a story from Thailand’s past. Together, all the pieces participate in a united conversation that explores the nation’s greatness and the legacy it left for its future generations. We hope you enjoy this humble adventure. Sawadee and Aloha.

Voices from Siam

Top Panel: The Thai voice through the nation's cinema, highlighting the cherished film Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999), which was adapted from the famed folktale of Mae Nak Phrakanong.

Middle Panel: King Chulalongkorn, Rama V (1853 – 1910) and his connections with people in different social strata from around the world, including Hawai'i’s King Kalakaua. Thailand remains to be the only country in Southeast Asia to have never been physically colonized.

Bottom Panel: The Thai voice as expressed in contemporary Thai popular culture, epitomized by the rise and tragedy of one of Thailand’s most famous country singers, Poompuang Duangjun (1961 -1992). She told the stories of Thailand’s poor and the inequalities suffered by the Thai women, but, more importantly, was known to her fans for being “one of them.”

JINGJU 京剧BEIJING OPERA - Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals

2/1/14 - 3/31/14 - 4th floor of Hamilton Library


Description of the play: The Yang family generals preserved the Song Dynasty through many battles, with Lady Mu Guiying leading the troops after the heroic deaths of most of the Yang men. Disillusioned by growing corruption, the Matriarch and Lady Mu Guiying, the remaining Yang family general, took the family from the court and retired to their ancestral home. After twenty years, barbarians once again threaten the borders, and the Minister of War Wang Qiang secretly plots with the invaders to unseat the Emperor and assume control. Suspicious, Minister Kou Zhun persuades the Emperor to hold a martial competition to select a Supreme Commander rather than appointing Wang’s son, and Lady Guiying’s teenage son and daughter emerge victors. The Emperor then calls on Lady Mu Guiying to take command and save the nation. Will she overcome her now-ingrained hatred of war and agree to lead? And if she does, will her children, unaccustomed to military law, be able to follow? Renowned Jingju master Mei Lanfang’s crowning artistic achievement explores issues such as personal ethics vs. familial & national duty, and the power of youthful exuberance vs. the wisdom of age, in a splendidly-costumed theatrical spectacle of acting, combat, dance, music and song.

Note: The description is provided by Professor Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, Department of Theater and Dance, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Science and Technology

Cures for the Questions that Ail You

08/29/14 -

Resources you can use to find answers from basic medical terminology to research project design. This display also features the poster: Unanswerable Questions: What Do You Do with Challenging Health Reference Questions? by librarians Carolyn Dennison and Angela Lee, presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association.


Gardens of Hawaii

03/21/14 - 12/31/14 -- CLIC Lab

A traveling exhibit based on landscape designer Stephen Haus' popular book, "Gardens of Hawaiii," including images of gardens at Doris Duke's Shangri-La, Living on the Lanai, The Garden of Love (the Paul Mitchell estate in Lanikai), and The Sustainable Garden and The Gardens of Remembrance.


Invasive Species

1/21/14 - 5/15/14 -- Hamilton Library Addition

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Hawaiian/Pacific Collections

PACITA: Pacific Islanders in the Art Presents "O le Puna: The Spring"

Featuring Work by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Opening April 16, 2014
Hamilton Library (5th Floor); Sponsor Indo-Pacific Language and Literature (IPLL), Manoa Campus

McMullin painting
Pacific Islanders in the Arts poster

Hawaii Digital Newspaper Program

1/21/14 - 5/15/14

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