June 15, 1824: Hamilton Hall cornerstone laid 190 years ago

The University of the Arts’ Dorrance Hamilton Hall is an excellent example of major work by three of America’s most important 19th-century architects: John Haviland, William Strickland, and Frank Furness. Today it is the oldest extant building on Broad Street, Philadelphia’s main north-south corridor, along which several of the city’s most important and prominent businesses and cultural institutions are located. It is also a prominent and vibrant part of Philadelphia’s designated cultural district, “The Avenue of the Arts.”

Courtesy of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

The first of the building’s three major building phases occurred in 1824 when John Haviland (1792-1852) designed a three-story, E-shaped building in the Greek Revival style for the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb (now Pennsylvania School for the Deaf). Broad Street in the 1820s was still an undeveloped wooded area and rural pastureland on the outskirts of the city, which was then centered around Independence Hall at 5th and Chestnut Streets and east along the Delaware River. The Institution was among the first social and cultural organizations to move here to escape the noise of the city. Haviland’s granite-clad four-columned Doric portico immediately became a well-known landmark. Architecturally, Haviland may have taken some cues from Benjamin Latrobe‘s then-recently completed public water works pumping station which was then located on Center Square, where City Hall is today. As a popular past-time, city dwellers would take promenades or carriage rides out to the rural countryside of Broad Street to see these two impressive and memorable Greek Revival structures.

The laying of the cornerstone on June 15, 1824, was reported as follows and is transcribed exactly:

Democratic Press [Philadelphia], June 16, 1824:

    I yesterday attended at the corner of Broad and Pine streets to witness the ceremony of laying the corner stone of the new building now erecting by the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb. I can truly say that never was time passed more entirely to my satisfaction. The day was fine and the event well calculated to arouse public attention, for it gave assurance of permanency and stability to one of the most valuable of the numerous charitable institutions which adorn the city of Philadelphia. The company assembled was, therefore, large and respectable. At an early hour the children of the institution, 74 in number, accompanied by Mr. Weld, the principal, the assistant teachers and the matron appeared upon the ground, and took their station within the foundation walls of the building. The ceremony was opened by an impressive address and solemn prayer from the Rt. Rev. Bishop White, President of the institution. A charity which calls forth the active and efficient services of one so venerable, so universally respected and so generally beloved as is Bishop White cannot but be entirely worthy of public patronage, and will assuredly never make a vain appeal to the benevolence of the citizens of Philadelphia. An address was then delivered by J. R. Ingersoll, Esq., which was characterized by his usual ability and eloquence. 

    In the plan of the building the Tuscan and Doric orders are stated to be harmoniously united and when finished it is expected to be as great an ornament to the city as the institution itself is honorable to the citizens of Philadelphia. “We participate,” says the New York Evening Post, “in the pleasure which it gives to every philanthropic mind that measures are thus taking to render such an institution permanent. The gratification would be greatly increased if a similar spirit prevailed in our own city.”

The Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, now the UArts College of Art, Media and Design, purchased the building in 1893 and has occupied it ever since. It was named in 1996 in honor of a long-time trustee and donor, Mrs. Dorrance Hamilton. For more details, please see http://library.uarts.edu/archives/hamilton.html

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Study in New Zealand

This summer, July 12th through November 15th, I will be Studying Abroad in New Zealand! I have opportunity to spend Fall Semester 2014 at The University of Auckland studying dance and New Zealand Literature.  I am so excited to soak in the sun and Maori culture across the globe; although since it is across the globe it will be winter when I arrive. It isn’t so bad, considering their winter doesn’t drop below 45 degrees. If you aren’t familiar with Maori art you should totally check out:

Brown, Deidre. Maori Arts of the Gods. Auckland : Reed Books, 2005.

704.94708999442 B812m

Subject: Art, Maori.

I am going to be studying contemporary dance and choreography with Carol Brown, a collaborative dancer and choreographer who has a company in Auckland.  She works a lot with projection and blending mediums, which is so exciting to me because I am minoring in film! I will also be studying Maori dance and how it has shaped and informed eurocentric dance forms in New Zealand.  This will, hopefully, tie in nicely with my liberal arts course on New Zealand literature.  I have no idea what to expect because I am not super familiar with New Zealand culture, but I am hoping to immerse myself, gain a new perspective and diversify my dancing!

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Library Staff Recommendation: David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture


First Run Features, 2009


GD 1654


An uplifting, inspiring and beautiful documentary on David Hockney creating plein air paintings in his native Yorkshire. It’s wonderful and amazing to see these sometimes very large paintings take form in the sometimes cold, bleak and windy British weather. Fascinating glimpse into his thoughts and work practices and his philosophy on art and life.


Recommended by Barbara Danin, Acquisitions


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On Display: An Ode to Spring

“Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.” –  Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Stop by the Greenfield Library display case to see some items that made us think of this much-anticipated season. We’ve pulled from the Floricultural Cabinet and Florists MagazineNatural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, Wilderness; A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska, and The Naturalist’s Library: Entomology from the Visual Resources and Special Collections to create a display gives a nod to rebirth and renewal. To me, there is nothing better than sitting in the grass reading Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass so come by, take a look at the display and check out a book to read in the park! Happy Spring, everyone!

Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and other writings are available in several formats and multiple copies. Check here to view the titles and call numbers.


Floricultural Cabinet, and Florists Magazine – Greenfield Special Collections a 635.9 F663f

Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library – Greenfield Special Collections 016.508 N219b

Wilderness; A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska – Greenfield Special Collections 979.8 K41w

The Naturalist’s Library: Entomology – Greenfield Special Collections a 595.7 J284n



This display was selected and arranged by Circulation Assistant Casey Murphy.

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Library Staff Recommendation: Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge

Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge

by Bradley Quinn

746.0922 Q444t


Chock full of inspiring ideas for designers working with fabrics, costume, and textiles. Numerous examples of textile collaborations with architecture, landscape design, interior design and product design. Photos of innovative structured textiles based on new sources of sustainable materials. Trash transformed into textiles. Many interviews with visionary designers exploring their inspirations and ideas.

Recommended by Barbara Danin, Acquisitions


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Borrowing During the Summer

Why hello there, and thanks for stopping by.

A man and a woman lying on Midland Beach



Byron Company. A man and a woman lying on Midland Beach. 1891. Museum of the City of New York. ARTstor.org 10 Apr. 2014.

So you’d like to borrow some fabulous materials from the UArts Libraries this summer? Your friendly library staff is happy to oblige!

All you need to do is:

  • Return all previously checked out library materials
  • Pay all fines
  • Show proof of registration for Fall 2014

Regular loan periods apply. Sorry, we can’t give you library materials for the entire summer. BUT…

You can renew online through My library record. Make sure your items have a new due date; just give us a call if you need any help.

Greenfield Circulation: 215-717-6280

Music Circulation: 215-717-6292

Blog link image:

Halsman, Philippe. Bathing Costumes. USA. 1946. Daytona Beach Florida. Magnum Photos. ARTstor.org.10 Apr. 2014



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Limited Edition Library Pin #2

We have given away the last of our second Limited Edition Library Pin. Thanks to everyone that stopped by!


Don’t fret, the third in our series will be coming soon.

Hot Off the Presses

Now available at the Greenfield Library circulation desk is the second edition of a limited edition library pin series. Each pin comes with a QR code linking to the library resource highlighted on the pin. This month’s featured image:

Barnett, Mac, and Jon Klassen. Extra Yarn. New York: Balzer & Bray, 2012.

Only 25 pins are available, so pick yours up today!

To hear about forthcoming pins in this series, and other library news, follow us onFacebook (facebook.com/UArtsLibraries), Twitter (@UArtsLibraries) or Instagram(instagram.com/uartslibraries).


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Library Staff Recommendation: Daytripper


by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá

741.5973 M778d


Told in a series of hypothetical deaths befalling a São Paulo obituary writer, Daytripper gracefully reminds us of the impermanence of everything and the importance  of recognizing the beauty in everyday interactions with the world and with each other.


Written in graphic form by twin brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, Daytripper both looks and reads beautifully. Soft lines and soft colors add a dream-like quality to the work which invokes a feeling of memory and nostalgia.


Both avid comic readers and people who have never read a comic in their life would enjoy and be touched by Daytripper, a heartfelt allegory about the beauty and fragility of everything we experience and how that helps to write the story of our lives.


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Music Resources Online

Now available on Digication: Music Library Online Resources

The Internet is crammed with so much information that it can be dizzying to find exactly what you’re looking for. Furthermore, there is always the risk that a lot of what a Google search pulls up isn’t particularly reliable, accurate, or up-to-date. For your convenience Music Library staff have hand-picked and compiled a portfolio filled with interesting and informative online resources that will help you with your next term paper, performance, or simply for your personal enjoyment. We’ve included not only annotated lists of our subscription databases and e-journals, but hundreds of valuable, open access (aka free!) sources so you may access all the online resources from our catalog in one place.

What you’ll find:

Open Access Databases

Organized by subject or resource type are numerous open access databases from a variety of notable sources, including the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, and the British Library. Available on these databases are a wide range of resource types, such as sheet music (International Music Score Library Project), sound collections (The Monterey Jazz Festival Collection at Stanford University), dictionaries (Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary), and much more.

Open Access E-Journals

It is hard to ignore that many newspapers, magazines, and journals are eschewing print in favor of digital publication. Despite their presence online, most of these publications can only be accessed through paid subscriptions. However, there are many scholarly, peer-reviewed journals that can be accessed free of charge. We’ve selected several to showcase here, which encompass a wide variety of music-related subjects. Browse through such diverse titles as Ntama: Journal of African Music and Pop Culture, Voices: a World Forum for Music Therapy, Popular Entertainment Studies, and many more.

Subscription Databases (UArts Only)

Unlike the above resources, the databases in this section are available to current UArts students, faculty, and staff. They include numerous audio collections (including, but not limited to, Naxos Music Library and Music Online (Alexander Street Press), where you can listen to old favorites or discover new ones (and, unlike Youtube, you will never encounter ads or poor quality recordings). A number of reference sources are also available, including those at African American Song and Oxford Music Online, which include scholarly essays, biographies, and more.  If accessing any of the databases off-campus, you will be required to log in with your UArts email information.

Subscription E-Journals (UArts Only)

In the final section is a list of online journals we subscribe to. Titles include (but definitely not limited to!) Computer Music Journal, Eric Nemeyer’s Jazz Inside, and Journal of Research in Music Education. A vast majority of these journals are also available, in print, at the Music Library, in case you grow tired of looking at a backlit screen.




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Spring 2014 Library Workshops

Spring 2014 Library Workshops
Open to all UArts students, faculty and staff.
No sign-up, just arrive on time.

All workshops are in Terra 1212, 12:00pm-12:30pm.
We start on time so we can end on time and you can get to class.

Monday, March 17, 2014 • Terra 1212
Streaming Audio & Video Databases
What you’ll learn: Come learn about our new and improved streaming audio and video offerings, including full-length feature films and documentaries, contemporary performance art, historical newsreels, dance, theater, and much more. Audio and video are primary sources!
Who’s giving the workshop: Josh Roberts, Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian. joroberts@uarts.edu

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 • Terra 1212
Interlibrary Loan and WorldCat: All Around the World
The UArts Libraries may not own everything you need, but we can get it for you from another library.
What you’ll learn: How to search for and request books, articles, videos, not owned by the UArts Libraries.
Who’s giving the workshop: Mary Louise Castaldi (mcastaldi@uarts.edu) is the UArts Libraries Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian and has been requesting materials for UArts patrons from all over the country (and the world) for 14 years.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 • Terra 1212
Getting More from Google Drive
What you’ll learn:
Google calendar functions and settings; document creation and collaboration in Drive; uploading, sharing and organizing files. This session will be guided by participant interest. Please bring your laptop or tablet, and plenty of questions!
Who’s giving the workshop: Kimberly Lesley (klesley@uarts.edu), Access Services Librarian and Google Drive Ninja

Can’t make a workshop but want to learn more? Schedule an appointment with your favorite librarian! We are happy to meet with people individually or to speak to your class.

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