Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

About this Site

Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities features new acquisitions, unique documents, and visual and textual curiosities from the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. This ongoing exhibition is curated by Tim Young, Curator of the Modern Books and Manuscripts Collection, and Nancy Kuhl,  Curator of Poetry for the Yale Collection of American Literature.

Additional information about these and other materials in the Beinecke Library’s collections can be found at the Library’s website: Recently acquired materials in the Beinecke Library’s collections can be discovered in the library’s Uncataloged Acquisitions Database:

Materials featured on Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities may be protected by copyright restrictions; permission to publish should be sought from the owners of the rights, typically the creator or the heirs to his or her estate. Two websites may be very helpful to researchers who are tracing copyright holders:

WATCH File: The WATCH File (Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders) is a database containing primarily the names and addresses of copyright holders or contact persons for authors and artists whose archives are housed, in whole or in part, in libraries and archives in North America and the United Kingdom. WATCH is a joint project of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Reading Library, Reading, England.

U.S. Copyright Office: Includes all the information you need to know to comply with copyright law. A searchable database of records can help you determine if a work is protected by copyright.

dsc_96081Conversation with the Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities curators recently appeared in the  Yale Bulletin and Calendar ; the Yale Daily News; and on Connecticut Public Radio’s Where We Live.

Images: [Photograph of a man and a woman leaning on a balustrade] ; [photograph of a man and a woman in Room 26, or, “Clap your hands, say Yeah!”] (by Yale University photographer Michael Marsland).

NOTE: Comments posted by visitors are moderated.

Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities was recently featured in the Yale Bulletin and Calendar.

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  1. joanna said, on February 3, 2008 at 6:11 am

    your blog is out of control amazing. i’m so happy i found it!

    xx joanna

  2. Jen said, on February 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    I feel the same way, thank you so much, more more more!

  3. jimsmuse said, on March 24, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    This is a great blog with some incredibly cool information. In an age when so many things are produced by the millions and then thrown away, caring for something rare and easily destroyed that has survived from an earlier time must be quite daunting! Thank you for sharing these acquisitions!

  4. debi said, on September 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    This is why I became an archivist!!

    I love your blog, but there needs to be ‘previous’ and ‘next’ buttons on each page, in addition to the ‘recent posts’ sidebar. WordPress does allow tinkering with their code, so hopefully it wouldn’t be too difficult to add.

  5. Benjamin L. Clark said, on January 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Keep ’em coming. I enjoy every post, and share with my colleagues at my museum. Best,

  6. Patricia Harrington said, on January 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    This is a collector, old book lover, archivist’s delight! Thanks for having it. FYI, I came to this site from a reference given on the GA (Golden Age) Detection list. Thought you might enjoy knowing that. Of course, that includes, early American novelists, among others.

    Pat Harrington

  7. Steffan Endres said, on January 31, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Brilliant! Indeed a “cabinet of curiosities!
    I have spent hours browsing.

    S. Endres

  8. Moss Elium said, on May 16, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Thank you both for this wonderful blog. In the ’70’s, I worked as a Page at BRBL straight out of HS. (Did you ever fix the terrifying Cardox system? Damn thing nearly killed me.)

    I had almost forgotten the many thousands of cubic yards of brilliance and peculiarity that lurks below and beside Room 26. The holdings may not represent the absolute limit of human creativity, but on a clear day, you can see it from there.

  9. cabinets said, on June 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    This blog is wonderful. I enjoy it.

  10. Laura said, on June 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Keep them coming. Love the beautiful images. This is a great way to get your riches out there for everyone to enjoy. There is not enough time in the day to explore all the great things housed in New Haven!

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