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The Beinecke Library's new exhibition,  “Destined to Be Known: The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at 75,” explores, in part, the life and work of James Weldon Johnson; materials from Johnson's literary archive (JWJ MSS 49) reveal aspects of his roles as civil rights activist, lyricist, man of letters, poet and writer, and diplomat. A man of letters and of the law, author of solemn lyrics and popular love songs, Johnson led a multi-faceted life and his career was one of constant reinvention.
September 18, 2016
Recent Acquisition: Peter Oresick postcards.
September 15, 2016
In honor of the Beinecke Library's new temporary reading room, a passage about our permanent reading room from poet and scholar Susan Howe's recent book, Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives.
May 28, 2015
Stephen Vider's essay “'Oh Hell, May, Why Don’t You People Have a Cookbook?': Camp Humor and Gay Domesticity," appeared in American Quarterly, Volume 65, Number 4, December 2013.
March 3, 2015
Curator Tim Young interviews groundbreaking collector of transgender books, images, and archives, Laura Bailey
February 12, 2015
Beinecke Modern Books and Manuscripts Curator Tim Young offers ten important reasons books matter.
February 5, 2015
In the current Atlantic Monthly, recent Yale grad Diana Saverin explores the Annie Dillard Archive.
February 5, 2015

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