Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

New acquisitions, unique documents, and visual and textual curiosities from the collections.
  • Beinecke Top Tens: Daily Themes

    December 1, 2013

    Daily Themes (now English 450), is a Yale Classic. Its disciples write a 250-500 word “theme” five days a week for every week of the semester—a practice that...
  • Beinecke Top Tens: Travel Journals

    November 7, 2013

    The Beinecke is home to extensive holdings concerning travel – travel logs, journals, and narratives; maps; novels; and more. Here are approximately ten...
  • Beinecke Top Tens: American Railways

    November 5, 2013

    The Beinecke is home to extensive holdings documenting American railroads and their construction. Here are just ten of the many fascinating books,...
  • A Walk on a Windy Day

    June 13, 2013

    An album of original sketches by Edward Lear illustrating a cautionary tale. Dated December 26, 1860. From the Frederick R. Koch collection
  • Matchless Books

    June 5, 2013

    Salesman’s catalog for custom matchbooks from the Chicago Match Company. circa 1930s-1940s...
  • Anonymous Novel

    May 16, 2013

    An an anonymously written tragic tale, featuring characters Miriam Mayfair, Stephen Groveland, their son Arthur, and other citizens from the fictional town...
  • A Brief History of Printmaking

    May 13, 2013

    “A Brief History of Printmaking,” the chalkboard diagram seen here, is an artifact of the Beinecke Library’s recent master class, The Physical Structure...
  • Mason's Sperm Oil

    May 6, 2013

    “Superior to any other oil I have had the occasion to use, either for machinery or for burning…” Trade catalog for a 19th century Boston sperm oil...