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 Kathryn James (Curator for Early Modern Books & Manuscripts and the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Library) and David Scott Kastan (George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale Department of English).

Due to the pandemic, the 2020-2021 program will be held online.  For this year’s schedule, please see Events

Questions?  Please contact  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.


April 22, 2020
Check out The Census for a new post by Ben Card (graduate student in English, Yale University) on his ongoing series on Hamlet and the philosophy of material texts. The...
April 2, 2020
Check out The Census for a new post by Emily Yankowitz (graduate student in History, Yale University) on the broader meanings of the crossed out or inserted word. The Census ...
February 13, 2020
Check out The Census for a new column by Ben Card (graduate student in English, Yale) on The Philosophy of Material Texts.   Watch this space for new essays by Emily...