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Newsletters from 2006 to the present are now available to read online The NSLM Newsletter, published three times a year, features articles on current and historic issues, book reviews, and information on library collections, activities and services. Earlier newsletters from 1975-2006 are located in the John and Martha Daniels Reading Room.

To contact the editor of the NSLM newsletter, call John Connolly, George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Librarian, at 540-687-6542, ext. 18, or

Fall 2014 Edward Troye & His Biographers: The Archives of Edward Troye; Mellon Legacy; Acquisition of Rare Howitt Etchings; New Staff: Alexandra McKay, Membership & Development Manager, and John Connolly, George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Librarian; A Sportsman en plein air: CD Clarke; Colonel Thomas Thornton of Thornville Royal; 2014 Polo Benefit Luncheon recap; Coming Home Series: John H. Daniels Fellowship Program to Develop Research for Exhibitions; Lisa Campbell's 14 Years at the NSLM; Interns and Volunteers; Frank Bonsal, Jr. Joins Board of Directors; Kenneth Y. Tomlinson obituary.

Winter 2013 - 2014 Lead articles are about the Side Saddle Symposium, the related exhibition Riding Aside by the Book and Foxcroft Scool: The Art of Women and the Sporting Life. Admission fees are announced. New facilities manager, Arron Patten, is welcomed. The gift of Paul Brown original book illustrations is highlighted as are book donations. Sunday Sketch and a Library archive project are noted along with upcoming exhibitions and events. There are articles by Jonathan Silverman and Andrew Baker, John H. Daniels Fellows. Gift memberships are promoted and Corporate Partner Northern Trust is featured. Current Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members are listed.

Fall 2013 This issue previews programs and new hours for 2014 which is the 60th year of the NSLM. Save the Date: Side Saddle Symposium, March 15, 2014, is posted. Recent donations to the permanent collection of art including gifts by Kathryn James Clark, Jacqueline Ohrstrom, Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Greenan are noted. The 2013 symposium “Perspectives on Teaming with Nature” with speakers Gerald Adelmann, Thomas Lovejoy, Eleanor Jones Harvey, Perry Mathewes, Lisa Roberts and James Prosek is reviewed. New board member Cathy M. Brentzel is welcomed. NSLM/Chronicle Cup winner On the Corner is pictured with rider Mark Beecher and trainer Alicia Murphy. Photos from events such as a reception sponsored by Doyle New York , an open house for Contemporary Artist: Naturalists Robin Hill and Meg Page, a preview of Angling in the Western World, book signings for Alastair Jackson and Phillip Dutton, the symposium and a Treasures from the Rare Book Room lecture by Michael Suarez are shown. John H. Daniels Fellows Martha Wolfe and Tabitha Hilliard describe their work. The Ivy Circle, Chairman’s Council members and corporate partner Northern Trust are listed.

Summer 2013 Lead articles are about the Benefit Polo Match and the symposium “Perspectives on Teaming with Nature.” Gifts from Mrs. Ohrstrom and Mrs. Mars are listed and a Breslauer Foundation grant rare book acquisition is announced. Corporate Partner of the NSLM, Northern Trust, is announced. The death of June M. Ruhsam, a former NSL librarian, is noted. John H. Daniels Fellowship Recipients for 2013-2014 are presented and an article by 2012-2013 Fellow Julie Ann Plax is included. There is a list of events and exhibitions. Current exhibitions,Contemporary Artist-Naturalists: Robin Hill and Meg Page and Teaming with Nature: James Prosek, are described. There are photos from the Daniel and Barbara Roux event and the Jesse Freidin gallery talk.

Spring 2013 The lead story is about a major NSLM fund-raiser that focused on Sir Alfred J. Munnings with a preview of an exhibition Munnings: Out in the Open and a screening of the film “Summer in February.” Other highlighted events are “The Gift of Literature” with George Morris, a James Wofford book signing and an upcoming Benefit Polo Match and Luncheon, September 15, 2013. Events and exhibitions for 2013-2014 are listed. The Jesse Freidin photo exhibition and a Library news update are included. Assistant Librarian Sara Pierce is introduced and volunteer Lauren Kraut is recognized. There are articles by two John H. Daniels fellows: Dr. Jean Williams, De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K., and Hannah Clark, Herefordshire, U.K.  Recent donations of art to the permanent collection are acknowledged. Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members are listed.

Winter 2012/2013 This issue announces the focus on Sir Alfred J. Munnings (English, 1878 – 1959) with the exhibition Munnings: Out in the Open and a “Summer in February” fund-raising dinner and movie. The George and Mary Chapman fly-fishing collection donation is described. There is an article about the honors Jacqueline B. Mars has received for her philanthropy. Two new staff members are presented: Melanie Leigh Mathewes, NSLM executive director and Nicole Stribling, assistant curator. Several events are highlighted: the Nitze party in Georgetown, the Bruce Smart book signing, the opening of an NSLM curated exhibit for the Washington Winter Show, a lecture by acclaimed conservationist Thomas E. Lovejoy and the visit of several Sackler 25th Anniversary Gala celebrants. Other visitors are noted. There is a list of upcoming exhibitions and events, including the 2013 Book Fair roster. The acquisition of iconic sculpture Still Water is announced. There is an article by Daniels Fellow Matthew Harrison. The 2012 Annual Report is presented. There is a list of 2013 Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members.

Fall 2012 The cover story is the extraordinary “NSLM POLO!” weekend that included a benefit polo luncheon and game, a symposium composed of leading authorities on polo and an exhibition of over 50 pieces of polo-related art. Current exhibitions are featured: Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct, a traveling exhibition curated by Adam Harris, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Intersection: Field Sports and the Evolution of Conservation, curated by Mickey Gustafson and Lisa Campbell. Three new members of the board of directors are presented: Claire Reid, B. Tim Brookshire, and Guy O. Dove. Book donations, the October 19th open house, exhibitions and events, the NSLM|Chronicle Cup and the duplicate book sale are noted. Many visitors are featured including Julian Raby, Freer|Sackler Museum director and Betsy Broun, Smithsonian Museum of American Art director. There are articles by John H. Daniels Fellows Andrew Lemon and Jennifer Corrinne Brown. Artists Tony Barham and Misia Broadhead are recognized for their efforts in developing Sunday Sketch. Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council are listed. 

SUMMER 2012 The cover story is the 2nd annual NSLM Book Fair with photos from that event and from the July 12th opening of Chukkers: The Sport of Polo in Art. The death of James L. Young is noted. Recent art donations and the visit of Felcia Warburg Rogan founder of the Sporting Art Initiative are included. Also mentioned are: the Preservation Award received by the NSLM, the exhibit at the Grolier Club by Librarian Lisa Campbell, the hiring of Assistant Librarian Jaclyn Peterson and an article by her about Fore-edge paintings. Linda Conti is the featured volunteer and an article by Daniels Fellow Earl Parker is printed. Upcoming events through November are listed. The 2012 Ivy Circle and Chariman’s Council members are included

 Spring 2012 The cover story is "In the Spotlight: Virginia Governor, Archivist of the United States, and Museum Leaders Pay Visits." Other stories include "Rare Books and Archives Enhance the Library’s Collection," and the announcements of Ronald M. Bradley as a new member of the NSLM board of directors and Claudia Pfeiffer, as new George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Museum Curator. Lectures by Lord Charles Cecil of the R. S. Surtees Society, England, and Corey Piper, Daniels Fellow and curatorial associate for the Mellon Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, are summarized. The 2012 – 2013 Daniels Fellows are announced and an article by Fellow Judith Martin Woodall is printed. Visitors to the NSLM are highlighted including Tristan Pillimore and Jemma Tuomey, London, and William and Fiona (née Forsyth) Spencer, UK. "Recent Book Donations," "Upcoming Events and Exhibits," "Featured Volunteer: Geri Coulter," and the list of Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members conclude the newsletter.

Winter 2011-2012 The cover story is the beginning of a new era with 4,554 visitors to the inaugural exhibition at the new museum building. Other photos and stories include the Bobins print collection donation, three special book and periodical collections donated, visitors to the NSLM, Terry Belanger speaks at “Treasures from the Rare Book Room, Preview Night at the Museum for the Liljefors exhibit, Graham Motion speaks at a celebration of the “In the Blacksmith Shop” exhibit, an article by Daniels Fellow Patricia Akhemie, a list of recent book donations, upcoming events and recognition of Jimmy Hatcher and Margaret Littleton as volunteers. There also is the Annual Report of 2011 Donors. Current Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council donors are listed.

FALL 2011 The cover story is “Capacity Crowd Celebrates Spectacular New Museum and Inaugural Exhibition.” Photographs of the Gala, the exhibit and the Coaching Event are featured. A page is devoted to visitors from around the world. Donations of books, fine art and a 1913 sterling silver coach-and-four created for the Alfred G. Vanderbilt dining table are listed. Aero won the NSLM/Chronicle Cup, Virginia Fall races 2011. Librarian Lisa Campbell was elected to the Grolier Club. The death of John William “Billy” Abel Smith, strong supporter of the NSLM and husband of board member Mimi Abel Smith is listed. “The World is British Sporting Print,” by Fellow Cory Piper, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, outlines research done in preparation for an upcoming VMFA exhibition catalogue. Fellow Elizabeth Letts has a best seller, The Eighty Dollar Champion, on The New York Times hard-cover non-fiction list. The NSLM has issued a call for Daniels Fellowship applications, due February 1, 2012. A book review of the Greater Journey by David McCullough is on the Web site. Current Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members are listed.

SUMMER 2011 The cover story is" National Sporting Library Unveils New Museum in October with Historic Coaching Drive, Gala, and Exhibit." Other topics include the history of Vine Hill, the building that was renovated and expanded to house the new Museum. Photographs show visitors getting preview tours of the new building. In the Blacksmith Shop, an exhibit in the Library, is introduced with an article on a veterinary case book from the 19th century. Librarian Campbell attended Rare Book School and Comminucations and Education Director Mickey Gustafson attended an arts integration workshop at The Phillips Collection. The NSLM Annual Report of 2010 Donors is included. The donation of a rare first edition Essays on Hunting is noted. Photographs from the NSLM Book Fair are featured. The 2011-2012 Daniels Fellows are announced and an article on coaching adventures by Fellow Carolee Klimchock is included. Information on volunteers is given. The Annual Report of 2010 Donors is included.

SPRING 2011 The cover stories feature the donation to the NSLM of Paul Brown's private library and other objects and two Herbert Haseltine collection donations. Other articles include the donation of an 1859 Upperville Union Club trophy, upcoming events, visitors to the NSLM, Derby Day, the Horses at Work and Play exhibit celebration, the addition of Diana Kingsbury-Smith as Development Coordinator, and recent book donations. Articles by Daniels Fellow, MikkoSaikku, Finland, on "Anglers and the Conservation of Atlantic Salmon Stocks in North America, 1850s-1950s"; and "To Horse! The History of Healthful Riding," by Fellow James D. Alsop of Canada. A list of Daniels Fellows' books and papers accepted for publication and presentation, a discussion of volunteer training and a poster announcing the Celebration of the opening of the NSLM art Museum in October 2011 and the inaugural exhibit Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal & Sporting Art, 1585-1985, October 11, 2011- January 14, 2012.Current Ivy Circle and Chairman's Council members are listed.

WINTER 2010-2011 The cover stories include the prestigious Breslauer Grant to acquire the 19th century manuscript account book, "London-Sevenoaks Coach/Begun Ended, 1868-1872," and the obituaries of Arthur W. Arundel and Edward P. Evans. Other articles include the announcement of the inaugural NSLM Book Fair, May 28th when six authors are scheduled to appear; the opening of Horses at Work and Play, an exhibition in the Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Hall which highlights the NSLM book and art collection and features selected works from the Athelstan and Kathleen Spilhaus toy collection; the addition of George A "Frolic" Weymouth as an ex officio member of the board; the addition of Melinda Gable to the staff as Development Director; the research of Dr. Alison L. Goodrum, John H. Daniels Fellow; and a section devoted to volunteers.

FALL 2010 The cover story discusses the Lives of Dogs Symposium where an international panel addressed a capacity crowd. A second story is about the Elizabeth D. Clark bequest of thirty-eight works of art. Other stories include the new art museum building progress, the Benefit Polo Match, a children's program with acclaimed artist/author James Prosek, NSL&M participation in two Kentucky art exhibitions coinciding with the World Equestrian Games, recent book donations, the NSL/Chronicle Cup, a book review of Secretariat's Meadow , and an article by PellomMcDaniels III, a John H. Daniels Fellow, on jockey Isaac Murphy.

SUMMER 2010 The cover story discusses recent book and art donations. Other stories include the MFHA Centennial book signing, staff news, the 2009 Annual Report, Daniels fellow Elizabeth Letts, the Civil War lecture by Bud Hall and Childs Burden, and the Treasures of the Rare Book Room dinner with lecture by Michael Suarez.

SPRING 2010 The cover story is the exhibition, Lives of Dogs, Viewed Through Literature, Art, and Ephemera. Other stories include booksigning by Julie Campbell for The Horse in Virginia, lecture by Patricia Junker on Winslow Homer's angling art, announcement of 2010-2011 John H. Daniels Fellows, Daniels fellow Samuel Snyder, Middleburg Spring races, election of Donald P. Brennan to Board of Directors, and story on Curatorial Assistant, Brenna Elliott.

WINTER 2009/2010 The cover story is the the fly fishing symposium, A River Never Sleeps: Conservation, History, & the Fly Fishing River. Other stories include the book exhibition, Afternoon Delights; obituaries for Robert H. Smith, Richard "Dick" Francis, and Sandra Wright; fall lectures by Thomas Altherr, JoAnn Dawson, and M.L. Biscotti; and profile of Daniels Fellow, Glenye Cain Oakford.

FALL 2009 The cover story is the groundbreaking for the National Sporting Art Museum on September 19, 2009. Other stories include summer and fall Daniels Fellows, recently-donated paintings by Henri DeLattre and Franklin Voss, and changes in NSL staff.

SUMMER 2009 The lead stories are the obituary for former NSL Director, Peter Winants, and an article by Daniels Fellow Pia Cuneo about the NSL's recently-acquired 16th-century horsemanship book, GründlicherBericht des Zeumens. The newsletter also announces the departure of President & CEO Nancy H. Parsons for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Other articles include recent lectures by Judy Richter and Jill Deiss and John H. Daniels Fellow Horace Laffaye, M.D.

SPRING 2009 The lead story is the announcement of the 2009-2010 John H. Daniels Fellows. Other stories include the March 12 opening of the exhibition, The Story of Harness Racing by Currier and Ives, and the February 21 Public Lecture by Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.

WINTER 2008/2009 The lead story is the arrival in November at the National Sporting Library of the Felicia Warburg Rogan Collection of Sporting Art. This issue also includes articles on the donation by Mrs. Henry Weldon of a 17th-century Dutch painting, Horse in a Landscape; the falconry event in November; John H. Daniels Fellows, Amy Freund and Susan McHugh; the release of F. Turner Reuter, Jr.'s Animal and Sporting Artists in America, and a review by Douglas Lees of Mike Heck's Spring Creek Strategies.

FALL 2008 The lead story of the fall issue is the opening of the exhibition, The Voss Family, Artists of American Sporting Life. Other articles include Dr. Betsee Parker's luncheon for the Ivy Circle and Chairman's Council at Huntland, the Reuter book patrons' dinner at Berrywick, John H. Daniels Fellows Perky Beisel and Mike Huggins, and the obituary for NSL Board member, Gordon G. Smith.

The lead story of the summer issue is the Library's acquisition of a sketchbook by American artist Paul Brown (1893-1958). Other stories include the bequests and donations of art from Mr. and Mrs. William Abel Smith and Elizabeth "John D." Jeffords; Election of Gordon Smith and Betsee Parker to the Board of Directors; the upcoming exhibition, The Voss Family, Artists of American Sporting Life, past lectures, and John H. Daniels Fellow, Martin Wallen, Ph.D.

The lead story of the spring issue is the planning of the Museum of Sporting Art at Vine Hill. The issue includes articles about recent bequests and donations of art to the NSL, the acquisition of a rare 16th-century hunting text by the Flemish artist Johannes Stradanus, a profile of John H. Daniels Fellow Noel Mullins, and a tribute to longtime volunteer, George Hottel.

WINTER 2007/2008
The announcement of the 2007-2008 John H. Daniels Fellows is the lead story of this issue, including a profile of Elizabeth Redkey and her research on the U.S. Remount Service. This issue also features news about the planning of the Museum of Sporting Art at Vine Hill, new NSL staff members, the Munnings symposium, and a tribute to Eve Prime Fout (1929-2007).

FALL 2007
The 2007 Coaching Weekend, in all its splendor and pageantry, is the focus of this issue. Twenty-six four-in-hand coaches from around the country participated in what turned out to be a glorious weekend of events, ranging from receptions at the Library and private lunches to the Saturday evening Coaching Gala at Llangollen, where Peter Duchin kept guests swirling to jazz tunes.

This annual donors' issue covers the Brooks McCormick bequest of more than 500 sporting books to the Library. This Chicago philanthropist was the consummate sportsman, and the NSL is grateful for such rare titles at a 1904 edition of Master ofGame, one of 10 special folio-size editions, after an original 14th century manuscript by Edward, Second Duke of York.

Read about the extraordinary exhibition of paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings, on view at the Library until March 2008. The exhibition "Reflections on a Life with Horses" is part of an international effort celebrating the centennial of Paul Mellon's birth.

In this issue the National Sporting Library inaugurates the John H. Daniels Fellowship, with Elizabeth Tobey as its first Fellow.

FALL 2006
The magnificent collection of books once belonging to Capt. Vladimir S. Littauer is featured in this newsletter. In the summer 2004 issue, Paul Cronin wrote an outstanding biography of this consummate horseman (see below).

Sport enthusiasts Dean and Louise Bedford built a collection of books with titles that aptly reflected the passions that drove them--there are titles on foxhunting, beagling, driving, steeplechase, terrier showing and breeding. Thanks to the generosity of Cricket and Deane Bedford, the NSL now has these impressive sporting books catalogued on its shelves.

At a competitive Sotheby's auction, the Library successfully bid on sporting books once the property of His Royal Highness, the Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, thanks to the generosity of an NSL board member.

**For earlier newsletters (1975-2006) that are available in print only, click here.