From the Research Files

A selection of scholarship from the collections.
  • A Happy Pair

    May 20, 2015

    On September 4, 1893, Beatrix Potter sent a letter to five-year-old Noel Moore. The little boy was the son of her friend and former tutor, Annie Moore, and...
  • (Re)Building a Monument

    May 14, 2015

    One of the great delights of working inside the iconic Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, designed by Gordon Bunshaft and completed in 1963, is that...
  • Winnowings from Wordsworth

    April 30, 2015

    Few poets evoke spring more vividly than William Wordsworth. Who can forget the first stanza of “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” his incomparable ode to the...
  • Dutch Discovery

    April 16, 2015

    What a delight for the reader who turns back the cover of Monaldi’s “Istoria delle famiglie della città di Firenze” and discovers these exquisite Dutch-gilt...
  • Who Will Give Six Pence?

    April 9, 2015

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood was the last (and unfinished) novel by one of Britain’s best-loved authors, Charles Dickens. The novel was in the process of being...