Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Yale Papyrus Collection: Love Charm

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on September 27, 2010

Over 6000 individual items make up the Yale Papyrus Collection.
From Aramaic to Syriac; From Pharaonic to Modern; From Akanthon Polis to Theadelphia,
the collection includes wills, diplomas, letters, land records, school exercises, and spells, such as the Egyptian/Coptic love charm pictured below.

To learn more about the collection, go to: http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/papyrus.html

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Tender Buttons

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on October 22, 2009

The new issue of ESOPUS Magazine features an article by Beinecke Library Catalog Librarian Ellen Ellickson about a collection of buttons kept by Marjorie Wynne, who served as Rare Book Librarian at Yale for over 40 years. Ellen writes movingly about memories of Marjorie and the reasons why the  packages of buttons are so well-organized. Accompanying the essay are beautifully composed photographs of a selection of buttons. Two shots below have been provided by Tod Lippy, publisher of ESOPUS, described on its website as “. . . a twice-yearly arts magazine featuring fresh, unmediated perspectives on contemporary culture from a wide range of creative professionals. ”

A memorial reception celebrating the life and work of Miss Wynne will be held at the Beinecke Library on Friday, October 30th, from 5:30 – 7:00. A copy of ESOPUS with the article by Ellen Ellickson will be on display.