or, search Yale Library holdings below:

Yale Library's Catalog

Yale Library's catalog; start here. Help | Search | Advanced

Yale Finding Aid Database

Finding aids for archival and manuscript materials. Help | Search | Advanced

Digital Collections

Thousands of partial and fully digitized items from a wide range of materials from the Beinecke collections. Help | Search | Advanced

Uncataloged Acquisitions

Brief records of material not found in Orbis or the Finding Aid Database. Help | Search

Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

Descriptions of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Help | Search

Yale Papyrus Collection

Catalog of the papyri held at Beinecke; includes digital images. Help | Search

David Weber


2008 Frederick W. Beinecke Senior Fellow lecture

The Risky Business of Editing Historical Documents: Letters from the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey, 1849-1854
David Weber speaks about the project he is completing this year on George Clinton Gardner, a young man who served on the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey from San Diego to the mouth of the Rio Grande between 1849 and 1853. Weber will place his workin the larger context of editing historical documents, a risky business for historians in the academy. Weber's forthcoming book on this subject of George Clinton Gardner will be titled: Fiasco: George Clinton Gardner's Letters from the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey, 1849-1854.

David J. Weber is the Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History at SMU in Dallas and directs the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies. One of America's most honored historians, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and two governments have given him the highest honor they bestow on foreigners: King Juan Carlos of Spain named him to membership in the Real Orden de Isabel la Catolica, the Spanish equivalent of a knighthood, and Mexico named him to the Orden Mexicana del guila Azteca (the Order of the Aztec Eagle). His many books include: The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest Under Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, l982);Richard H. Kern: Expeditionary Artist in the Far Southwest, 1848-1853 (University of New Mexico Press & the Amon Carter Museum, 1985); Myth and the History of the Hispanic Southwest: Essays by David J. Weber (University of New Mexico Press, 1988); The Spanish Frontier in North America (Yale University Press, 1992); Barbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment (Yale University Press, 2005) An additional forthcoming project titled First Impressions: A Reader's Journey to Iconic Places in American Southwest offers an unusual point of entry into the Southwestern past: first-hand accounts written by early residents and visitors.


Frederick W. Beinecke Senior Fellow in Western Americana David Weber
Visiting Fellow


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall Street | New Haven, CT 06511
Campus Map

Tel: (203) 432-2977    Fax: (203) 432-4047

USPS: Mailing Address and Information

email: Ask a Librarian



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