February 9-11, 2014
Early Oceanic Histories

A new intiative in environmental studies at the John Carter Brown Library. Screening of the film, Leviathan, in Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center with a Q & A with the director, Lucien Castaign-Taylor. The Sonia Galletti Lecture with Jeffrey Bolster speaking on The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail. American Oecologies: A Roundtable on Environmental History.


February 2014
The Other Revolution: Haiti, 1789-1804

This new exhibition explores the Haitian Revolution, the least understood of the three great democratic revolutions that transformed the Atlantic world in the late eighteenth century. This exhibition--for the first time the books included in the exhibition may be read in their entirety online--provides a running narrative of the Haitian Revolution.

October 25-26, 2013
Conference on Sugar in the Early Atlantic World

Beyond Sweetness
A conference—in conjunction with the Library’s Fall 2013 exhibition on sugar in the early modern period—on new histories of sugar in the early Atlantic world. Please go to the conference website for program.


September 28, 2013
Rhode Island Center for the Book

RI Center for the Book celebrates the books intended for young minds and eyes. The Keynote Lecture by Laura E Wasowicz, Curator of Children's LIterature at the American Antiquarian Society, will speak on “Vivid Imaginations: the History of the McLoughlin Bros.” Kim Nusco, Reference Librarian, put together a mini-exhibition to welcome the Rhode Island Center for the Book.

September 15, 2013
Sweet New Exhibition

The Library’s newest exhibition focuses on the visual imagery of sugar in the Americas, examining how this sweet, powerful, and often destructive commodity was depicted in books, single sheet prints, and maps that are in the collection of the John Carter Brown Library.

July 29, 2013

Watch as panelists from the John Carter Brown Library, David Parsons and Susan Danforth, talk about a map made in 1507 by German mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller. It is considered one of the world’s rarest maps and believed to be the first map to name America. This program was part of an event hosted by the Library of Congress and the John Carter Brown Library.

July 11, 2013
Maps and Monsters

JCB Invited Research scholar, Chet van Duzer, has a newly-released book, Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. It was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. See review here.

June 15, 2013
Neil Safier Named New Director and Librarian

Neil Safier, currently associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia, has been appointed director and librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Safier will begin his new duties at the John Carter Brown Library in October 2013, succeeding Edward Widmer, who directed the library from 2006 to 2012.

May 13, 2013
JCB Celebrates the Upload of 5,000th Book on Internet Archive

THE JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY uploaded our first contribution to the Internet Archive in 2010 initiating our collaboration with that non-profit digital library. That book was contributed in early March 2010. Just over three years later, on 13 May 2013, we uploaded our 5,000th book. Within this short timeframe the Library has made over 10% of its rare materials freely available online to users around the world, and the digitization of the JCB collection continues apace.