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This Sunday, February 26, 2017: Karen Andersen, "Looking for Mr. Gilbert"
Over 30 years ago, the author John Hanson Mitchell found a collection of over 2,000 glass plate photographs in the attic of a Massachusetts estate, which were attributed to 19th century ornithologist and conservationist William Brewster. Then a researcher at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology told Mitchell that the photos were possibly taken by Robert A. Gilbert, Brewster’s African-American assistant. In Looking for Mr. Gilbert, “Mitchell brings sharp focus to the figure of Mr. Gilbert, a quiet, unassuming Renaissance man who succeeded as best as he could beneath the iron ceiling of American racism” in Boston at the time. This week, we explore this interesting story and think about how the life of one man can have so profound an effect on an institution like Harvard, and, at the same time, could have easily been lost to history all together.
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