Is a dossier letter acceptable as a recommendation for a Beinecke Fellowship?

No. Our application procedures specify that applicants must arrange to have "two confidential letters of recommendation specifically addressing the merits of their project". Dossier letters are non-starters because they rarely, if ever, address the candidate’s reasons for wanting to use the Beinecke collections.


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall Street | New Haven, CT 06511
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Tel: (203) 432-2977    Fax: (203) 432-4047

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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