Fellow Collin McKinney hard at work in the library main reading room
Fellow Collin McKinney hard at work in the library main reading room

Welcome to our newest John H. Daniels Fellow, Collin McKinney! We’d like to share a little information about our Fellows here so our NSLM community can learn about the researchers spending time with the collections in our Library. Fellowship Advisor, Erin Livengood, asked Collin a few questions, and here’s what he had to say:

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in California, but I have been living in Pennsylvania for almost 8 years now. I hate winter and so I am hoping that being a few hours further south will help me get through January and February.

Do you have any institution affiliation?

I am a professor at Bucknell University, and I teach in the Department of Spanish.

What are you researching?

My area of specialization is masculinity studies. We’ve all heard the nursery rhyme, “What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails and puppy-dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.” But I’m curious as to what the ingredients of a man might be. I am interested in the way that cultures construct masculinity and how individuals portray their own masculinity. I have published articles on masculinity and fashion, masculinity and sex, and even the facial hair trends of the nineteenth century. My current project deals with masculinity and sport.

Why are you researching at the NSLM?

If you research sport you realize that most sports have a symbolic connection with warfare. Even the way we discuss sport is loaded with militaristic metaphors. In the case of field sports the link is much more obvious. Hunting, riding, and dueling were all meant to hone the skills needed to be effective warriors. I plan to use the library’s collection of hunting manuals from the nineteenth century to look at the way these texts implicitly shaped popular notions of masculinity.

What is your goal with your research?

My plan is to publish an article about the link between masculinity and field sports in the nineteenth century. Eventually, I hope to publish a book on Spanish masculinity in the nineteenth century.

How did you find out about the Fellowship program and the NSLM?

I am on sabbatical and was looking at a list of fellowships on the MLA (Modern Language Association) website. The description of the Daniels fellowship and the collection at the NSLM seemed like a good match with my project.

Since 2007, the NSLM has hosted the Fellowship program in honor of the legacy of sportsman and book collector John H. Daniels (1921-2006). Past Fellowship recipients include post-graduate students, authors, curators, museum professionals, professors, and scholars researching a variety of subjects related to field sports. The diversity of fellows’ projects reflects the wide variety of material within the NSLM collections. Topics include history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, equestrian fashion, and poetry, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation and fly fishing.

We wish Collin the best of luck in his research here at the NSLM. Feel free to leave a comment for him here and look forward to meeting a new Fellow in just a couple months.


Last week I showed you some images from “Howitt’s Animals,” a two-volume presentation set of etchings by Samuel Howitt (1765-1822). We did a brief article on these volumes in the Fall 2014 NSLM Newsletter, but I wanted to show off more of the images than we had space for in print. Without further ado, let’s get to the pretty pictures!

I find it very easy to see the influence of the country on Howitt. He often chooses images that would be passed over by the mere sportsman, such as a mother tending to her pups.
The stealthy approach? Maybe one of our readers who is more familiar with wing shooting and dogs can tell me more about what’s depicted here.
Howitt’s animals sometimes have very large eyes, which strikes my modern eye as cartoonish. The detail, however, is quite fine in the antlers.
I admit, this one makes me chuckle. If that horse on the right isn’t a parody of somebody that Howitt knew, I’ll eat my hat! Those horses are flat-out gossiping.
An impressive depiction of a hare. Whenever I show this volume, people like to stop on this page and look for a few minutes.
Growing up in the country, Howitt likely spent a good deal of time around cows. His trees always seem to twist and turn, too. Many of these images have excited branches stretching out into smaller branches close to the ground.
This is my favorite. These sheep really stand out to me. Maybe it’s the realistic detail in the horns, the ears, the eyes.
I love it! It merits a closer look.


NSLM welcomed Erin Livengood to our staff recently. Erin comes on board as NSLM’s new Educational Programs Manager & Fellowship Advisor. She will be working to grow the educational programming events and projects at NSLM, as well as providing liaison support for participants in the John H. Daniels Fellowship Program.

Erin received her Master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago, focusing in museum studies and historic archaeology of the Southeastern United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the American University, where her honors thesis focused on historic archaeology in Virginia.

Before joining the National Sporting Library and Museum, Erin worked in artifact registration at the Oriental Institute in Chicago. Erin has experience in exhibitions, registration, and curation at the Oriental Institute, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, as well as at the University of Chicago and American University. Erin has varied archaeological field experience in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Louisiana.

A native of Cumberland, Maryland, Erin now lives in Winchester, Virginia with her fiancé, Will Carosella. They both enjoy yoga, tour cycling, hiking, gardening, and visiting the many vineyards in northern Virginia.

Today’s item is a relatively recent addition to our collection. Purchased in early 2014, these are presentation copies of etchings labeled “Howitt’s Animals.” They are stored in the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room. Samuel Howitt (1765-1822) was a prolific artist known for his watercolors, etchings and illustrations. Prone to drinking and gambling, he was obliged to take up art after the loss of his family fortune. We did a brief write-up about the books in last Fall’s NSLM Newsletter, but we could only show one image and these are too good not to share! There are so many I picked out, that I’ll detail them in a special two-part post.

These volumes are presentation copies -- special copies the author or artist inscribes to friends or family. These are inscribed to William Edkins.
These volumes are presentation copies — special copies the author or artist inscribes to friends or family. These are inscribed to William Edkins: “The gift of Samuel Howitt who etched these to his friend William Edkins.”
Howitt was raised in the country, and his affection for sport and nature made his art quite faithful to the realities of life in the wild.
Howitt was raised in the country, and his affection for sport and nature made his art quite faithful to the realities of life in the wild.
Howitt is noted for his tremendous output, mainly as an illustrator.
Howitt is noted for his tremendous output, mainly as an illustrator.
Howitt produced illustrations for The Sporting Magazine in 1793, and eventually contributed over 150 plates covering a wide variety of sporting subjects.
Several pages on these volumes contain foxing, which usually occurs in machine-made paper of the late 18th and the 19th Centuries. Foxing is not entirely understood, but appears to arise from fungal contamination in the paper.
Howitt produced during a time when animal art and sporting art were not clearly delineated. I’m of the opinion that some of his best work would be considered animal art instead of sporting art.
I’m quite convinced that Howitt’s strength was birds. He does a beautiful job of portraying fowl. He has, however, been criticized for shying away from providing landscapes in the backgrounds of his work, presumably because this was an artistic weakness.
These proofs were specially selected by Howitt as a gift for Edkins. The two volumes appear to be unique.
Howitt is also known for illustrating books, and he provided watercolor illustrations for Orme’s British Field Sports, a highly-regarded color plate book.

More to come next week in Part 2!