John Harvard Library

Last August I dashed off a pair of Wikipedia articles, one about the John Harvard Library book series from Harvard University Press, the other about its namesake, a lending library in Southwark.

Today I took a break from other things to spruce up the first article. The John Harvard Library is now fifty years old and is getting a facelift, according to this item at the Harvard press’s P.R. blog. Where the series started out with a heavy emphasis on colonial documents, nowadays it is casting a wider net, taking in the sectional crisis, the Civil War, and the Progressive Era.

The series has just gotten a uniform graphic design, with new author portraits drawn by Robert Carter and posted at his website, crackedhat.com. Quite a change from the old covers, done up in staid Enlightenment-era typefaces.

I like the portraits, but unfortunately can’t give you a direct link to them, as the website is done up entirely in unfriendly Flash. So here are some snapshots.

Frederick Douglass. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Stephen Crane.
Frederick Douglass. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Stephen Crane.

Harriet Jacobs. The Federalists (John Jay, Alec Hamilton, Jemmy Madison). Jim Crow.
Harriet Jacobs. The Federalists (John Jay, Alec Hamilton, Jemmy Madison). Jim Crow.

Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne. Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne. Harriet Beecher Stowe.

To see larger versions of these images, or more of Carter’s work, go to crackedhat.com.

Note to Google searchers: These pics are the original work of Robert Carter and must be attributed to him. Instead of copying images from this page, follow this link and select Portraits.

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