Incarceration and the Imagination: Display on the Mezzanine, October 12 to 23

October 12, 2022

By Michael Morand

Beinecke Library has a special display, October 12 to 23, in conjunction with the symposium on Incarceration Incarceration and Imagination on campus on October 14.

The temporary exhibit on the library’s mezzanine includes among other items Austin Reed, “The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict,” a manuscript autobiography from New York’s Auburn State Prison, ca. 1857–58; Chester Himes, “Journey’s End,” a pencil sketch of a prison courtyard (image above); and manuscript notes from Alexis de Tocqueville’s and Gustave de Beaumont’s trip to America.

The materials were selected by Kathryn James, Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library.

Visit the Whitney Humanities Center website for information on the symposium, which is sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center, the Arthur Liman Center at Yale Law, and Freedom Reads.