Echoes of the Archives: A Sonic Study of Special Collections

On view May 31 through June 8, 2024 in the Weber reading room, special collections (4th floor of Sawyer Library).

Special Collections, in collaboration with Darlie Kerns ’24, emeritus professor Brad Wells, and the Music Department, invites you to visit and reflect on our exhibit, Echoes of the Archives: A Sonic Study of Special Collections.

Dive into the captivating world of rare books with our unique project that blends ASMR and sound art. You will experience the hidden symphonies of centuries-old tomes housed in special collections, exploring the mesmerizing sounds they emit as pages turn and bindings creak. Through meticulous study, we unravel the secrets behind these evocative sounds, delving into the materials, craftsmanship, and historical context that contribute to their auditory allure. Join us as we unravel the mystery of why these sounds are so deeply resonant with the human brain, offering a multisensory journey through the corridors of literary history.

Drop in to the Weber reading room M-F 10-4, or during our special hours during Class Day (June 1, 9-1) and Reunion (June 8, 1-5).