Early Books and Manuscripts

The Beinecke Library is one of the most significant sources for history in North America and contains a rich collection of materials from the classical world to the Renaissance.
  • Recently Acquired Papal Letter

    December 17, 2015

    This is a recently acquired papal letter written by Pope Gregory IX in 1234. Papal letters are called bulls after the lead seal affixed to the document called...
  • Road Trip with Lisa Fagin Davis

    January 22, 2015

    Lisa Fagin Davis, executive director of the Medieval Academy of America, has published her account of the early books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book...
  • Roger Wieck Leads Calendar Workshop

    April 7, 2014

    Roger Wieck, Curator of Medieval Manuscripts at the Morgan Library in New York City, led a full-day workshop on medieval calendars at the Beinecke Library on...
  • Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies

    April 1, 2014

    Today graduate students in medieval studies presented their work on manuscripts in the Beinecke’s collection. The event was organized by Alastair Minnis...
  • Beinecke Introductions: MS 1153

    March 31, 2014

    Introducing: Beinecke MS 1153 Through the Holy Land and Back Again Beinecke MS 1153, produced sometime after 1383*, is extraordinary for its breadth of...
  • Beinecke Introductions: MS 1137

    March 3, 2014

    Introducing: Beinecke MS 1137 From the Prisons of Napoli to New Haven In this, our first installment, we are pleased to present Beinecke MS 1137, acquired in...