Welcome

The Yale Program in the History of the Book brings together an interdisciplinary community of scholars to explore the materiality of the written word over time and across cultures. Co-sponsored by Yale’s Department of English and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Program hosts a series of public lectures throughout the academic year and the annual Harvard-Yale Graduate Conference in Book History. We also organize the Book History Seminar Series, a workshop and reading group for Yale graduate students.

The Program is convened by David Scott Kastan, Co-Chair (George M. Bodman Professor of English Literature, Yale Department of English); Kathryn James, Co-Chair (Curator for Early Modern Books & Manuscripts and the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Library); Andrew Brown (PhD candidate, Yale Department of English); and Trina Hyun (PhD student, Yale Department of English).

Lectures take place at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, located at 121 Wall St in New Haven, Connecticut. For our 2017-2018 schedule, please see Events

Questions?  Please contact Andrew Brown or Kathryn James. You can also find us on Twitter, where we post updates and sometimes live tweet our events (@yalebookhistory), and you can listen to podcasts of some of our lectures on iTunes and SoundCloud.

News

May 23, 2017
The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin announces its appointment of Aaron T. Pratt as Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts....
December 4, 2013
On a Wednesday afternoon in November, the audience at a lecture in the Beinecke received instructions they likely did not expect from an English professor: The guest speaker...