Digital Exhibitions

Links below to a variety of online exhibitions created from Beinecke Library collections.

You can view more online exhibitions from across the Yale University Library on the YUL online exhibits website.

  • Not Reading in Early Modern England

    Drawing on the early modern and Osborn collections at the Beinecke Library, this exhibit showcases three genres of early modern study aids: the commonplace book, the epitome, and the index. 

  • Making the Medieval English Manuscript: The Takamiya Collection at the Beinecke Library

  • Arthur W. Wang: Photographs

    An online exhibition celebrating the portraits taken by the distinguished book editor, Arthur W. Wang.

    Date created: July 2002

  • Go, Little Book: Portable Medieval Manuscripts from the Beinecke Library

    Three portable medieval manuscripts, in celebration of the Medieval Academy of America’s meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, March 18-20, 2010

    Date created: March 2010

  • Imprints: David Plowden, a Retrospective

    An online exhibition of the photographer David Plowden who has documented vanishing landscapes and artifacts, forming an image of life in 20th century urban and rural America.

    Date created: September 1997

  • No Place on Earth: America and the Utopian Dream

    An introduction to American utopias—from the first Puritan settlements to the communes of the 1960s—through literary works and manuscript collections in the Beinecke Library.

    Date created: 2006

  • Petals on a Wet Black Bough: American Modernist Writers and the Orient

    An online exhibition exploring the influence of the Far East on American Modernist writers. The exhibition details the experiences of writers including Ezra Pound, H.D., Wallace Stevens, Williams Carlos Williams, Amy Lowell, E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, Thornton Wilder and others. 

    Date created: October 1996

  • The Bollingen Prize for American Poetry

    An exhibition devoted to the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry, a prestigious literary honor bestowed on a poet in recognition of the best book of new verse within the last two years, or for lifetime achievement.

    Updated biennially with each award recipient

  • The Illustrated Word

    An online exhibition curated by Yale University undergraduate students in the Spring 2006 course “Print Culture at the Fin de Siècle.”

    Date created: 2006

  • The Illustrating Traveler

    An online exhibition displaying illustrated traveler’s narratives and original art by travelers from the later 18th to the late 19th century.

    Date created: September 1996

  • The Speculum Theologiae

    A collaborative project created by the undergraduate students in Brian Noell’s seminar “The Medieval World of Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose.” The Speculum Theologiae explores the Beinecke Library’s manuscript MS 416, a late thirteenth-century or early fourteenth-century collection of mnemonic devices from the Cistercian abbey of Kamp in western Germany.

    Date created: Spring 2006