Conversation with David A. Richards ‘67, ‘72 JD on his new book, I Give These Books: The History of Yale University Library, 1656-2022

Event time: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Sterling Memorial Library (SML ), Lecture Hall See map
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

“I Give These Books: The History of Yale University Library, 1656-2022”, presents a comprehensive history of one of America’s oldest university libraries from its founding through the present day. The library began with books brought over from Europe and England by Puritans seeking to found their own colony, and grew through donations from overseas donors, personal libraries of faculty members, and alumni endowments. Librarians in the 19th century worked to organize and retrieve the growing collections, and in the 20th century the library became a workshop for faculty and student researchers. The library is now working to pioneer new methods of preservation and transmission of digital materials as it faces new challenges in the digital age.
About the author:
David Allan Richards ‘67, ‘72 JD is a retired real estate lawyer with undergraduate degrees in history from Yale College and Cambridge University, where he was a Keasbey Scholar, and a law degree from Yale Law School. He is the author of “Rudyard Kipling: The Books I Leave Behind,” “Rudyard Kipling: A Bibliography,” and “Skulls and Keys: The Hidden History of Yale’s Secret Societies.” He is also the president of the Kipling Society in London and a former officer of the Grolier Club of New York City.

David Alan Richards '67, '72JD