A New York Holiday

Printing Christmas in the Nineteenth Century
Duration: 
December 2, 2019 to January 6, 2020
Santa traveling on a camel in the Middle East from the book Around the World with Santa Claus, 1900
The McLoughlin Brothers’s 1900 Around the World with Santa Claus illustrates anachronistic representations of Santa and Christmas celebrations in different world regions, including Western, Middle Eastern, and Native American cultures.

Around the World with Santa Claus
New York: McLoughlin Bros., 1900
GT4985.5.A76 1900

Exhibiting Nancy H. Marshall’s extensive collection of Clement C. Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and other Christmas narratives is a yearly tradition at Swem Library. This year’s exhibit considers the changing role of Christmas symbolism, including Moore’s poem, within the developing New York City publishing scene during the nineteenth century. Throughout this century, the New York media’s representation of Christmas evolved from portraying local celebrations to marketing to an international audience.

For more information about curating the exhibit, read Derek's post on the Special Collections' blog, An Acquired Taste.


Curator: Derek Vouri-Richard, Exhibits Apprentice and Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies
Designer: Abram Clear '21, SCRC Graphics Student Assistant
Fabrication and Installation: Jennie Davy, Exhibits Manager; KateKarl Nash '21, Special Collections Student Assistant; and Derek Vouri-Richard