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Bibliomania; or Book Madness: A Bibliographical Romance Friday, January 18, 2019 to Saturday, April 20, 2019

This exhibition takes its name from the history of “arrant book-lovers” written by Thomas Frognall Dibdin in 1842. It follows these lovers of the book through four case studies, observing the powerful and often unexpected relationships of books with their readers, owners, authors, collectors, and creators.

Dr. King and the Long Civil Rights Movement

Select highlights of the Beinecke Library’s collections related to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to the African American freedom movement will be on view in a temporary display for the holiday in the courtyard level reading room.

NOTE: all visitors who go to the reading room will need to check any and all bags, coats, hats, and other personal belongings on the library’s ground floor before going to the reading room. Space may be limited.

Learning the Law: The Book in Early Legal Education

Throughout its history, legal education has both shaped legal literature and been shaped by it. Drawing on the rich holdings of the Lillian Goldman Law Library’s Rare Book Collection, this exhibition shows how the content and design of early law books were employed by both teachers and students. The examples span 15 centuries of legal education in England, Europe, and North America.

Eye on the West: Photography and the Contemporary West

The North American West has been inhabited for millennia, but our vision of its history and cultures has been shaped, perhaps disproportionally, by the modern invention of photography. Eye on the West showcases photographs made since 1960 and encourages viewers to consider the continuing relationship between the region and the medium, to think about the ways that photographers influence our understanding of the contemporary West, its people and its places.

"They Sang and Took the Sword" - Music of World War I

In “ ‘They Sang and Took the Sword’ – Music of World War I,” the Gilmore Music Library observes the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I, as marked by the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918. The exhibition brings together selected materials from the music library’s special collections and collection of Historical Sound Recordings pertaining to the war. Several of these feature the work of Yale students, alumni, and faculty.

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