Voices from the Beinecke Library

"Never Wear Out"

Poster advertising performances of "Blue Jeans," [1900]; an actual buzz saw appeared on stage in "The Thrilling Saw Mill Scene." This was the first play to include a scene in which a character in a mill is rescued in the nick of time from being killed by a buzz saw, a scene which was to become a cliché of American melodramatic theater.


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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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.

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