About this Site
Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities features new acquisitions, unique documents, and visual and textual curiosities from the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. This ongoing exhibition is curated by Tim Young, Curator of the Modern Books and Manuscripts Collection, and Nancy Kuhl, Curator of Poetry for the Yale Collection of American Literature.
Additional information about these and other materials in the Beinecke Library's collections can be found at the Library's website: http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/. Recently acquired materials in the Beinecke Library's collections can be discovered in the library's Uncataloged Acquisitions Database: http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/acqwww/.
Materials featured on Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities may be protected by copyright restrictions; permission to publish should be sought from the owners of the rights, typically the creator or the heirs to his or her estate. Two websites may be very helpful to researchers who are tracing copyright holders:
WATCH File: The WATCH File (Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders) is a database containing primarily the names and addresses of copyright holders or contact persons for authors and artists whose archives are housed, in whole or in part, in libraries and archives in North America and the United Kingdom. WATCH is a joint project of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Reading Library, Reading, England.
U.S. Copyright Office: Includes all the information you need to know to comply with copyright law. A searchable database of records can help you determine if a work is protected by copyright.
Conversation with the Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities curators recently appeared in the Yale Bulletin and Calendar ; the Yale Daily News; and on Connecticut Public Radio's Where We Live.
Images: [Photograph of a man and a woman leaning on a balustrade] ; [photograph of a man and a woman in Room 26, or, "Clap your hands, say Yeah!"] (by Yale University photographer Michael Marsland).
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Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities was recently featured in the Yale Bulletin and Calendar.
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.