Modern Books and Manuscripts

The collection of Modern Books and Manuscripts covers a wide range of subjects with strengthsin literature written in English outside the United States; American children's literature; the printing arts; LGBTQ writing; human sexuality and gender studies; playing cards;the history of hunting and fishing;and the history of finance.
  • Fascist Spectacle

    September 7, 2012

    Interesting events–both real and imagined–you may not have known about Fascist Rome. Mussolini famously had a flair for the dramatic. As the leader...
  • A-I-Z

    July 18, 2012

    Arbeiters-Illustrierte Zeitung, or The Workers’ Illustrated Newspaper, was an Anti-Fascist, Communist newspaper between 1924 and 1933 in Berlin, then later...
  • Taptoe Gallery

    July 12, 2012

    Flier for very first show at Taptoe, December 22, 1955 Beinecke has recently acquired a near complete collection of posters, catalogues, and ephemera related...
  • Chopin, part 3: The Milles Pensées

    June 2, 2012

    Chopin’s own “Borealis” in coffee stain Along with voluminous correspondence, various writings, audiovisual material, and original artworks, Chopin...
  • The Festival at Fort Boyard

    May 25, 2012

    Another gem in the Chopin library is a tiny brochure for an imagined collaborative art fair in the late 1960s, Festival de Fort Boyard . Don’t let the...
  • Henri Chopin, part deux

    May 24, 2012

    Chopin’s library contains all kinds of quirky and fascinating volumes. Many are collections of dactylopoèmes (examples of which mentioned in last week...
  • Henri Chopin: An Introduction

    May 15, 2012

    At left: Chopin at a sound poetry performance. At right: sample dactylopoème or typewriterpoem. General Modern has recently acquired the library and archive of...
  • Paris, Bizarre

    May 6, 2009

    Bizarre , nos. 1-2; new series, nos. 1-46 (Paris, 1953-1968) Siné’s Cover for Bizarre, no. 11/12 (May 1959), a special issue devoted entirely to “...