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).

Events take place at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, located at 121 Wall St in New Haven, Connecticut. For our 2018-2019 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.


May 3, 2018
“Text and Textile,” on view at Beinecke Library from May 3 through Aug. 12, explores the intersections of text and textile in literature and politics, from images of Eve...
February 2, 2018
February 2018 marks the 550th anniversary of the death of Johann Gutenberg, creator and publisher of the work known as the Gutenberg Bible. The Gutenberg at Beinecke takes...
January 19, 2018
+ The Art of Collaboration explores the excitement and power of separate elements combining to make things that are new, beautiful, strange, and memorable. Drawn from the...