The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing was founded to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines. Research addresses the composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication in material forms from marks on stone to new media. Perspectives range from the individual reader to the transnational communication network. With more than a thousand members in over forty countries, SHARP works in concert with affiliated academic organizations around the world to support the study of book history in all its forms.

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Online Catalog

Cabinet of American Illustration, Cartoon Drawings: Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Civil War Photographs Civil War Photographs, Drawings (Master),Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs, Fine Prints Fine Prints, Posters: Performing Arts Posters, Stereograph Cards Stereograph Cards, Daguerreotypes, Fenton Crimean War Photographs, Fine Prints: Japanese, pre-1915, Lomax Collection, Panoramic Photographs, Thesaurus For Graphic Materials, Van Vechten Collection, Wright Brothers Negatives, and much more.


RED clouds and reddest flowers,
  And now two redder wings
Swim through the rosy hours—
Red wings among the flowers—
  And now the red-bird sings.

God gives the red clouds ripples Of flame that seem to split In rubies and in dripples Of rose where rills and ripples The singing flame that lit.
Red clouds of sundered splendor; God whispered one small word, Rich, rare, and sweet and tender . . . . Straight in the vibrant splendor The word became a bird.
He flies beneath the garnet Of clouds that flame and float,— When summer hears the hornet Hum round the plum turned garnet,— Heaven’s music in his throat.
Madison Cawein [1865-1914]