Here’s a roundup of books and essays published over the past few months which feature our collections and archives.
A new book by Deidre Shauna Lynch, professor of English at Harvard University and the University of Toronto, has made extensive use of our collection of 19th century scrap albums and commonplace books, the Sir Harry Page Collection.
‘Loving Literature: A Cultural History’ explores the often complex historical relationships between readers and books and particularly what we mean when we say we have a ‘love of literature’. Professor Lynch studied a number of albums from the Sir Harry Page Collection and her reflections on those albums and their makers play a significant role in this fascinating and scholarly book. ‘Loving Literature: A Cultural History’ is published by the University of Chicago Press.
An essay about the architect Keith Ingham, who designed Preston Bus Station, has been published in the latest edition of the Twentieth Century Society’s journal. The journal features a collection of essays about houses of exceptional interest designed by relatively unknown architects between the 1920s and 1970s. The essay on Keith Ingham has been written by Dr Julian Holder, Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Salford. Dr Holder’s research was based around the archive of Keith Ingham which is held at Special Collections.
Professor Ian Rogerson, former University Librarian at Manchester Metropolitan University, has written a book about the illustrator and designer Albert Rutherston. ‘Pen, paper & a box of paints: Albert Rutherston’s work in theatre designs and book illustration’ is published by the Fleece Press and is the first book to be written about this distinctive book illustrator. Special Collections holds a substantial amount of Rutherston’s work, including books, patterned papers, Christmas cards and letters.