April 23, 2018
From Buildings to Coffins: Uncovering the Hidden History of Concrete
Concrete—a medium created by mixing cement, aggregate and water—is the second most consumed material after water. It is also one of the most common materials in our daily lives. But, by and large, we take concrete for granted. I came to Hagley on a
October 23, 2017
Philanthropy, Profit, and Paper
Paper is the flesh of the archive. It can be so familiar that the sensitive researcher can sometimes date a collection by smell and feel. Light must and cardboard—within the last fifty years. Damp, heady, sharp, nearly chemical fumes—we’re in much older territory.
September 18, 2017
At the Height of Fashion: Hagley Collections Inform Regina Lee Blaszczyk’s New Books on Fashion
The Enterprise of Culture (EOC) was a three-year, €1 million research project funded by the European Science Foundation, and housed at the University of Leeds under the direction of UD alumna and former Hagley Fellow Regina Lee Blaszczyk.
May 22, 2017
Mixing business and pleasure: 'Emotional accounting' in P.S. du Pont’s letters to Marie-Anne Lavoisier
Thanks to an exploratory research grant, I spent a week at the Hagley Library in June of 2016 researching the correspondence of Pierre-Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and Marie-Anne Lavoisier (1758-1836). Hagley owns 143 manuscript letters between the two. While many of them are simple one-