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Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Pen-and-Ink drawings of the so-called Amistad prisoners, Africans, who,  after being abducted from their homeland, revolted and took control of the slave ship transporting them, killing many crew members. The drawings were made by New Haven resident William H. Townsend, while the captives were awaiting trial. More information and images of the complete collection can be found in the Beinecke's Digital Library: Drawings of Amistad Prisoners
August 22, 2009
An amateur newspaper, done in manuscript, from 1882. The authors, Guy and Thomas Berry Cusack-Smith, recount the social and sporting goings-on in their neighborhoods in Eccleston Square, London, and in West Sussex. Included are drawings, puzzles, and rhymes. Sir Thomas Cusack-Smith was later Consul General for Samoa.
August 17, 2009
An artist's book/kit/agit-prop piece against the Vietnam War. Mess kit by William Ogue Mustill (San Francisco : Nova Broadcast) 1971.
August 10, 2009
New works by writer/artist/designer/architect/sculptor  Martha Becker Finney. The Beinecke Library holds an extensive collection of her hand-made limited editions and prints.
August 6, 2009
A photo scrapbook of cars, drivers, and photographers at the Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut in 1940.
July 30, 2009
A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible; or, Select Passages in the Old and New Testaments. London: T. Hodgson, 1785 The third edition of this title, a format that was used to teach children and uneducated adults passages from the Bible through the use of iconic graphics.  
July 23, 2009

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