Today we’re taking a peek into the medically and scientifically obsolete. As home to many scientifically minded faculty and students throughout the nineteenth century, Amherst College acquired a significant collection of literature from now defunct practices.
Archive for February, 2013
On this holiday dedicated to lovers (of both the practicing and the prospective kind), we should note that Emily Dickinson’s first appearance in print was in the form of a valentine. “Magnum bonum, ‘harum scarum'” had its debut in the February 1850 issue of the relatively new Amherst College student literary magazine, The Indicator. Like all of Dickinson’s writings published during her lifetime, it was believed to have appeared without her consent. The editors of the magazine intimated that a good many contributions came in from female admirers but they chose this one to be published.
It is not hard to see why. “Magnum bonum” is no conventional valentine:
Fans of the series “Mysteries at the Museum” on the Travel Channel may already have seen this recent short piece about the Clarence Birdseye field journals held in the Archives & Special Collections at Amherst College. As you might suspect, there is more to the story than what is covered in this 2-minute clip.