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 Eve Houghton (Graduate student, Yale Department of English); 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).

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 Eve Houghton 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.


October 16, 2019
A lecture by Eric Slauter (English, University of Chicago): “Walden’s Carbon Footprint: People, Plants, Animals, and Machines in the Making of an American Book” Wednesday,...
January 22, 2019
Habits Ancient and Modern: Surface and Depth in the Pillone Library Volumes, an exhibition curated by Andrew S. Brown (Ph.D. Candidate, English), will be on view at the...
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...