History of The Huntington
by The Huntington
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The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California. Along with his wife, Arabella Duval Huntington, he amassed extensive library, art, and botanical collections that continue to evolve. Today The Huntington is one of the largest and most complete independent research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization.
||CleanMark Twain Imagined the Raft and Henry Huntington Built It||Laura Skandera Trombley became the eighth president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in July 2015. However, her history with the institution began much earlier. A specialist on Mark Twain, Trombley began conducting research at The Huntington as a young scholar, using rare materials in the Library to help shape her doctoral thesis. She is the author of five books. Her most recent, “Mark Twain’s Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years,” was published in 2010. As a graduate student, she discovered the largest known cache of Mark Twain’s letters, which ultimately became the primary source material for her dissertation and her 1994 book, “Mark Twain in the Company of Women.” Her other books include “Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship (2002)”, “Critical Essays on Maxine Hong Kingston (1998)”, and “Epistemology: Turning Points in the History of Poetic Knowledge (1986)."||11/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTales from the Vaults||Robert C. Ritchie, delivers this entertaining lecture. Among the eight million books and manuscripts in the Library’s collections there are many fascinating stories. Ritchie is senior research associate at The Huntington.||10/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age||Shelley M. Bennett talks about her new book, “The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age,” which explores how Collis, Arabella, Archer, and Henry Huntington collected works of art in the decades around 1900 and created lasting legacies through their philanthropy. Bennett is the former curator of European art at The Huntington. She is introduced by Steve Koblik, president of The Huntington.||4/10/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Library of Last Resort: The Huntington in the 21st Century (2013 Founder's Day Lecture)||David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library, gives an overview of The Huntington’s research holdings and discusses current trends in public and academic libraries. In the general move to digital resources, The Huntington is now distinguished as a “library of last resort,” where researchers have access to rare original materials as well as to digital resources.||2/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPrivate to Public: A Family History of Collecting and Philanthropy (2012 Founder’s Day Lecture)||Shelley M. Bennett discusses the family history of collecting and philanthropy of Collis, Arabella, Archer, and Henry Huntington. Bennett is senior research associate at The Huntington; she was The Huntington's curator of British and European art for 27 years before retiring in 2007. She is introduced by Steven Koblik, President of The Huntington.||2/21/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Hidden Huntington: The Huntington as a Research Center (2011 Founder’s day Lecture)||The director of research provides an inside look at a side of The Huntington that the general public never sees: the research activity that’s at the heart of the institution. He is introduced by Steven Koblik, the president of The Huntington.||2/24/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEvolution of a Gift (Founder's Day Lecture)||The president of The Huntington takes a look ahead at the challenges and opportunities for the institution in the next decade.||2/25/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMen of Wealth, Men of Letters: Henry Huntington and the Builders of California’s Great Libraries (2008 Founder’s Day Lectur||This talk explores the relationship between the scholars who use research libraries and the millionaires who built them. Albert Hurtado is the Paul H. and Doris Eaton Travis Chair in American History at the University of Oklahoma and the Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington for 2007–08.||2/27/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArcher Huntington and Henry E. Huntington: Proper Rivals||The president of The Huntington explores the complicated relationship between Henry E. Huntington and his stepson, Archer Huntington.||2/26/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat a Difference a Decade Makes (2006 Founder’s Day Lecture)||The director of the Huntington Library looks back on the remarkable growth of the library in the last 10 years.||2/28/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBuild It: Los Angeles and Its Musems (Haynes Foundation Lecture)||Museums preserve and display our cultural heritage. Los Angeles built its own museums in a relatively short period of time. Robert C. Ritchie, the W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington, examines the causes and consequences of this creative outburst.||2/7/2006||Free||View In iTunes|