The Shadow of War: 20th-Century Historical Documents from the José María Castañé Collection

Date: 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 9:00am

Repeats every day until Sat Sep 12 2015

Location: 

Houghton Library, Amy Lowell Room

Presented by: Harvard College Library
Hours: see website

This exhibition of materials from the José María Castañé Collection shows the shadow of war as it fell across the world throughout the century, from the Russian Revolution to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The exhibition features documents by Joseph Stalin, Lev Trotsky, Harry Truman, and Charles de Gaulle, as well as photographs of the famous—Hitler at the third Nazi Party conference—and unknown—a selection of albums compiled by unidentified German soldiers. The Shadow of War is on display at Houghton Library through September 12.

Looking back on the twentieth century, it seems dominated by war and conflict. It gave birth to not one world war, but two; and civil war and revolution brought suffering and death to many more.  This exhibition of documents and photographs from the José María Castañé Collection shows the shadow of war as it fell across the world throughout the century, from the Russian Revolution to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

The exhibition celebrates the gift of the Castañé Collection to Harvard Library in October 2014; the items selected for this small exhibition highlight the astonishing importance of many of the individual items, as well as the collection’s research potential. It includes documents by Joseph Stalin, Lev Trotsky, Harry Truman, and Charles de Gaulle, as well as photographs of the famous (Hitler at the third Nazi Party conference) and unknown (a selection of albums compiled by unidentified German soldiers).

For further information, contact Leslie Morris, Houghton Library, at 617-495-2449.