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In Memoriam

The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters honors poet Maya Angelou, 1928-2014. Read more about Angelou's remarkable life and extraordinary work: NPR Obituary of Poet and Activist Maya Angelou.

Image: Maya Angelou with Langston Hughes, undated. From the Langston Hughes Papers (JWJ MSS 26)


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall Street | New Haven, CT 06511
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The exhibition gallery is closed while the library's building is under renovation.

Temporary Reading Room Hours 
Monday - Friday: 9 am to 4:45 pm

The temporary reading room is located in Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, across Wall Street from the Beinecke.

Holiday Schedule and Closed Collections Schedule