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In the classrooms today
The writer in the archives: a delight to have @judyblume visit with Beinecke Library staff on Friday and to visit with her extraordinary papers, now being processed for current and future generations of students and scholars
The first of today’s three panel discussions underway now with photographers showcased in our building-wide exhibition, Eye on the West
Celebrating “Eye on the West: Photography and the Contemporary West,” exhibition on view through December 16.
In the classrooms today
In memoriam: Arthur Mitchell, 1934-2018 Van Vechten photographs @americanlitatbeinecke
In the classrooms today: Portraiture and Selfhood in the #Renaissance : Long before “the age of the selfie,” #portraiture and identity construction were closely intertwined. The rise of portraiture during the Renaissance is often said to coincide with the moment when the notion of the individual emerged for the first time. This course reconsiders the relationship between #portraits and concepts of selfhood as they developed from the late #MiddleAges through early modernity. #LibrariesOfInstagram #Teaching #SpecialCollections #Portrait #Art #Printing
A lively afternoon on the mezzanine today for @yalelibrary Personal Librarian reception with @yale students
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution ... The Constitution of the United States ... broadside, New-Haven : Printed by Josiah Meigs, 1787. Meigs graduated from Yale in 1778, served as city clerk of New Haven from 1784 to 1789, during which time he worked as aprinter and published the New Haven Gazette and the first American Medical Journal. He would later serve as the first acting president of the University of Georgia, a professor there, and as commissioner of The United States General Land Office. #ConstitutionDay #YaleAlumni #NewHaven #NHV #Yale #Constitution #history #ushistory
Images from "Bill Reese & the Beinecke Collections: A Sampler of His Contributions." These materials were on view this afternoon at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, September 16, 2018, in celebration of a life well lived: William S. Reese (1955–2018). From the winter of 1975 when he sold the Beinecke the sixteenth-century map of Tenochtitlan that has come to be known as the Codex Reese, until the spring of 2018 when he helped Yale secure a copy of the unauthorized first edition of Philip Sidney’s An Apologie for Poesie, Bill Reese and the staff of the William Reese Company shepherded thousands of books, prints, photographs, and manuscripts to the shelves of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Bill recognized the importance of libraries and was an active supporter of institutions across the country. The display is a modest reflection of the extraordinary impact he had on just one of those institutions through gifts, through his agency at auction, and through his relationships with alumni and collectors.
Claude McKay b. #OTD . Here: library card from the Claude McKay Collection of letters, manuscripts, personal papers, subject files, photographs and memorabilia documenting the life and work of the Jamaican born writer Claude McKay. The collection spans the years 1853-1990, with the bulk of the material dating from 1922-1948. #ClaudeMcKay was a #Jamaican -born writer who spent most of his adult life in the United States, Europe and North Africa. He wrote several collections of poetry, novels, short stories, non-fiction and two autobiographical books. He is best known for an early poem, "If We Must Die" (1919), and his first novel, Home to #Harlem (1928). He lived in the United States, primarily in #NewYorkCity , from 1913-1919, and then spent most of the next 15 years in England, Russia, France, Spain and Morocco before returning to New York in 1934. He contributed to many liberal and socialist journals, including Sylvia Pankhurst's Worker's Dreadnaught and Max Eastman's The Liberator, and he is commonly identified among the major writers of the #HarlemRenaissance . He converted to Catholicism in 1944 and died in Chicago in 1948. #Jamaica #Immigrant #History #birthday #bornonthisday #onthisday #library #librarycard #librariesofinstagram
In the classrooms this week
2018 @windhamcampbell Prize Winners Cathy Park Hong, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in conversation now @nhfpl with @yale Professor Emily Greenwood on day two of the #WindhamCampbell Festival
As we prepare to celebrate 2018 @windhamcampbell Prize Winners tomorrow, we celebrate also the legacy of Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell. Here: Photograph by Tennessee Williams of Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell in Italy, 1948. From: Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell papers. YCAL MSS 424 @americanlitatbeinecke This spirit of generosity, as well as a love of literature and a profound sympathy for his fellow writers, led Windham to establish the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell #Literature Prizes at #YaleUniversity . The mission of the prizes is to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. Lifelong partners, #DonaldWindham and #SandyMCampbell were avid #bookcollectors , voracious #readers , and friends with many of the most important literary figures of their time. #Windham wrote memoirs, novels, plays, short stories, and a children’s book. #Campbell was a stage actor who also penned unsigned book reviews for #TheNewYorker and contributed articles to Harper’s Magazine and other publications. The pair discussed the idea of creating an award to support writers for many years, inspired by Windham’s early monetary struggles and the important role financial independence played in his career as a writer. When Campbell passed away unexpectedly in 1988, Windham took on the responsibility for making this shared dream a reality. Out of devotion to Campbell’s memory, Windham ignored the advice of his financial advisors and retained the Campbell family stocks he’d inherited. His resolve and modest lifestyle were rewarded, and he became wealthy enough to realize his goal of creating a literary prize. Windham had entrusted his papers to #Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and the relationship he developed with these two institutions convinced him that Yale was the ideal place to create a prize of the scale and prestige he and Campbell had envisioned. The first prizes were announced in 2013.
H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), 1886-1961, b. OTD Here: Photographs of H.D., undated, and photograph of Gilbert, Harold and Hilda Doolittle, 1888. From: H. D. Papers The papers document the personal life and literary career of #HD . Major correspondents include Richard Aldington, Bryher, Helen Wolle Doolittle, Robert McAlmon, Brigit Patmore, Norman Holmes Pearson, George Plank, and Ezra Pound. There are manuscripts of many of her works, including Her (1927), The Walls Do Not Fall (1944), Helen in Egypt (1961), and her memoir End to Torment (1958). The collection also contains personal papers, subject files, and photographs, including items related to the film Borderline (1930). #HildaDoolitlle #Poetry #Poet #OnThisDay #BornOnThisDay #Birthday #writer #literature #imagination #librariesofinstagram
A new map of California / by Charles Drayton Gibbes, from his own and other recent surveys and explorations. Stockton, Calif. : C.D. Gibbes : New York : Sherman & Smith, 1852. #California #Map #Cartography #Maps #history #LibrariesOfInstagram
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