Things We Love: Part 3

Fran loves a recipe for cleaning teeth in the papers of Ephraim Abbot

"Abbot (1779-1870) graduated from Harvard in 1806 and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1810. He served the Congregational Church in Greenland, New Hampshire (1813-28), and the First Congregational Church (Unitarian) in Westford, Massachusetts (1831-35 and 1840-45). He was also preceptor of Brackett Academy in Greenland and principal of Westford Academy. The library's collection of his papers (bMS 655) consists mostly of his sermons, but there are also some biographical and personal materials, including the teeth-cleaning instructions shown on this page: Receipt to cleanse the teeth & improve the breath. To four ounces of fresh prepared lime water add one drachm Peruvian Bark, & wash the teeth with the water in the morning before breakfast and after supper. It will effectually destroy the tartar on the teeth & remove the offensive smell arising from those decayed."

Ella loves the library reach tool

"The library reach tool, which resembles wooden scissors, is such a useful tool. This tool has a long history at the library. In the past, it was used by staff to pull hard-to-reach books from library shelves. No longer needed for that purpose, I now use it to retrieve out-of-the-way objects in my office. If you'd like to experience retrieving a book with this tool, you are welcome to stop by and try it out."

Laura Wood loves the new PDF files in the ATLA Religion Database

"The ATLA Serials full text titles in the ATLA Religion Database used to require an awkward interface with a difficult printing process. Now, all those same titles are available, but in PDF files that are easier to view, save, or print."

Renata loves the film Into Great Silence (Media BX2615.G734 I58 2007)

"This film relies heavily on visual imagery and silence to portray monastic life at the Grande Chartreuse monastery. Because the film lacks background music and voice-overs, the viewer is required to look closely to understand the content. The richness and beauty of the film's imagery are evocative of centuries of paintings creating additional layers of associations for the attentive viewer. Finally, the film experience can be likened to a meditative practice, where the pictures serve to anchor the viewer's attention. 

"To find other DVDs, CDs, videocassettes, and audiocassettes, browse our library's collection in the microforms and media room near the reference desk on the second floor. To discover and locate media materials in any of the Harvard libraries, please consult the HOLLIS Catalog and use the "expanded search" option, where you can limit searches by format (visual, audio, etc.) in the lower left-hand portion of the screen."