Wednesday, October 24, 5:30 P.M.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Institute Archives Reading Room, Hayden Library
Building 14N-118 MIT. Light refreshments will be served
To find Building 14, go to the campus map at http://whereis.mit.edu/
and type in "14N"
As there are two parts to this event an RSVP will be appreciated.
Email to: Tom Michalak @email@example.com or phone 781-729-9052
MAGNETIC RESONANCE: Four Centuries of Science from the Vail Collection
Gallery tour in Maihaugen Gallery, led by Stephen Skuce, Rare Books Program Coordinator.
The Vail collection, presented to MIT in 1912 by Theodore Vail, president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and MIT Corporation member from 1913-1920, contains many early works on magnetism, telecommunications, electricity, ballooning, aeronautics, and animal magnetism. The collection spans the late 15th century to the early 20th, and includes important landmarks in the history of science and technology, as well as popular works and some juvenilia. The collection comprises roughly 13,000 volumes and was assembled by George Edward Dering, a reclusive but prolific British inventor who died in 1911. Mr. Vail purchased Dering's library, and donated it to MIT.
The exhibit features scientific classics, copies inscribed by notable scientists, a selection of late-19th century publisher's bindings, works relating to Franz Anton Mesmer and animal magnetism, and volumes that belonged to Mr. Dering, the collector, as a youth.
The Archives Reading Room, adjacent to the gallery, will be open and the Vail Cataloging team will be showing additional rare books.
The Vail Collection tour will be followed by a visit to the Wunsch Conservation Lab, led by Nancy Schrock, Thomas J. Peterson Jr. Conservator, who will showcase rare books from the Vail Collection and examples of conservation treatments.