Exhibit to Reveal the Riches of Yale Libraries

Treasures from Yale’s libraries will be on display for the media at a Special Collections Fair on Thursday, Oct. 7, 1-5 p.m., in the mezzanine of Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

In addition to millions of books, the libraries at Yale possess rare maps, ancient clay tablets, historic medical implements, political posters, theatrical photos, football memorabilia, and much more. This event will be highly visual since many items on display are oddities. Photographers are welcome, and most displays will be without glass or plastic coverings.

The purpose of the Special Collections Fair is to inform researchers about the resources available to them at Yale. Although the event is not open to the public, virtually all participating libraries welcome individuals from the community who wish to consult their materials, regardless of Yale affiliation.

Participating collections include Arts of the Book, Babylonian, Manuscripts and Archives, Maps, Music and Historical Sound Recordings, the Divinity School Library, the Drama School Library, the Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color in the Art and Architecture Library, the Film Study Center, the Lewis Walpole Library, and the Peabody Museum.

Manuscripts and Archives will set up several tables. One will focus on Yale football memorabilia, including programs from the Roaring 20s, documents written by Walter Camp and a photo of President Gerald Ford as a Yale law student coaching the team. Another table will highlight May Day 1970, the Black Panther Trial, and original materials from that era of campus and civil unrest.

The Yale Center for British Art will display a telescopic “peepshow” of the Thames River tunnel, made in 1835 as a souvenir. This paper artifact unfolds to reveal colored engravings of the tunnel below and the river traffic above.

The Historical Medical Library plans to display a Civil War amputation kit, complete with fearsome bone saw, and an 18th century obstetrical forceps that was used with neither antiseptics nor anesthesia on the laboring mother. Photos from early Yale Medical School classes and a sample hand-written thesis from the 1840s will be displayed, along with items from the quack medicine bag of tricksPa glazed china phrenology head purporting to label portions of the brain by function; patent medicine trade cards and advertising almanacs.

If you plan to cover this event, please contact Gila Reinstein at (203) 432-1325.

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Gila Reinstein: gila.reinstein@yale.edu, 203-432-1325