Episode One: Mark Twain to Walt Whitman, Hartford, Connecticut, 1889 (3:51)
February 2, 2010
September 16, 2009
The Van Vechten Paradox: The Harlem Renaissance, a White Man, and his Black Story
In this podcast, Emily Bernard, Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont and the 2008/2009 James Weldon Johnson Fellow in African American Studies at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, chronicles the life of Carl Van Vechten, the American writer, critic, and patron of the Harlem Renaissance.
September 15, 2009
Ways of Seeing: "New London, Connecticut" and Ways of Seeing: "Portrait of George Eliot and Family" (1798)
Ways of Seeing is a series of podcasts featuring Yale students and faculty from various disciplines interpreting works of art. Each episode asks people to answer basic questions about a particular work of art: what do you see, what do you notice, what’s going on, and what questions do you have about this work? These podcasts are the result of collaboration between Yale librarians and the Yale University Art Gallery’s Education Department. Ian McDermott, Assistant Librarian at the Yale Center for British Art, recorded the interviews.
The recordings are available, for free, via the Library's section of Yale University on iTunes U. To view the images that accompany the podcasts, make sure to click the "show or hide video artwork and video viewer" button in the bottom left corner of the iTunes program. You will need to download the recordings before being allowed to see the images.
July 14, 2009
A new Yale University Library podcast, The Art of the Ketubah: A Study in Jewish Diversity, is now available on Yale University on iTunes U. Narrated by Nanette Stahl, Curator of the Judaica Collection and featuring images taken from the recent exhibition in Sterling Memorial Library, the podcast explores the history and art of the ketubah, the marriage contract that Jewish law requires a groom to provide for his bride on their wedding day.
June 24, 2009
Frank Turner, John Hay Whitney Professor of History and the director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library describes the life and writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, the nineteenth century French political philosopher best known for his work Democracy in America, published in 1835.
June 23, 2009
Four new podcasts from the Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series are now available. These readings, by poets Jennifer Moxley, Evie Shockley, Douglas Kearney, and Amaud Jamaul Johnson are available at the Beinecke Library's website or through Yale University on iTunes U. Visit Poetry at the Beinecke for more information and for a schedule of future readings.
May 12, 2009
Living Distance: The Life and Papers of James Welch
James Welch, an American of Blackfeet and Gros Ventre heritage, was a novelist, poet, and teacher. He was born on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana and died in 2003. His papers are held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, at Yale University. This audio essay, prepared by Eric Ward '09 and read by Presca Ahn '09, explores the writer’s life and legacy.
March 5, 2009
Richard Deming, lecturer in the Department of English at Yale University, describes a collection of scrapbooks that document the work and family life of Jane Wodening and her husband, the avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage.
To view pages of the Jane Wodening and Stan Brakhage scrapbooks, visit the Beinecke Library's Digital Collections.
Robert A.M. Stern, J.M. Hoppin Professor and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, discusses the architecture and history of the Beinecke Library, which opened in 1963, designed by Gordon Bunshaft of the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Construction photographs of the Beineke Library are available in the Beinecke's Digital Collections.
December 18, 2008
Portraits of Painters: Drawings by George Vertue and Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting in England
Curator Cynthia Roman discusses an exhibition now on view at the Lewis Walpole Library, as well as a selection of images featured in the show. The thirty-four portrait drawings by George Vertue (1684-1756) depicting English painters now in the collection of the Lewis Walpole Library were purchased by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis in 1949. These drawings once formed part of a collection of 470 prints and drawings in two folio volumes from the library of Horace Walpole (1717-1797). In addition to the portraits, Walpole also acquired Vertue’s manuscripts or “Notebooks,” numbering nearly forty volumes, which recorded accounts of the lives of English painters and constituted a major resource for Walpole’s own history of art, Anecdotes of Painting in England. Both Vertue’s “Notebooks” and Walpole’s Anecdotes of Painting remain important resources for the study of the arts in Britain.
The netcast is available free from Yale University on iTunes U and can be found in the Yale Library series. To view the images on your personal or desktop PC, first download the netcast from iTunes and then ensure you activate the "Show or hide item artwork and video viewer" button on the bottom-left side of the iTunes screen while the netcast is playing. You may also click on any image to see a larger version.
December 15, 2008
Robert A.M. Stern, J.M. Hoppin Professor and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli, and Thomas H. Beeby of Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge, discuss the architecture and design of the Yale Libraries during a symposium on November 30, 2007. Both Pelli and Beeby are former Deans of the Yale School of Architecture. Beeby was also the lead architect of the Bass Library (formerly the Cross Campus Library) which opened on October 19. Laura Cruickshank, Yale University Planner, moderated the symposium.
Frank Prochaska, Lecturer in History at Yale University and author of The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy (Yale University Press, 2008), discusses his new book and argues that America’s Founding Fathers created what Teddy Roosevelt later called an “elective king” in the office of the president, conferring quasi-regal status on the occupant of the Oval Office and his successors.
Jae Rossman discusses the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections, which are composed of materials from the former Art+Architecture and Drama Libraries, as well as the Arts of the Book Collection. These previously separate special collections are now united in the Special Collections Reading Room. Rare and unique, modern and contemporary, published and manuscript materials are gathered together to create a resource that includes both research materials about and examples of the arts.
December 5, 2008
Steal Not This Book: Collecting and Cataloging the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection
The Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of Children's Literature, formed over the course of more than three decades, is one of the largest and most diverse collections of its kind. In this podcast, librarian Ellen Ellickson speaks with Tim Young, Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, about the collection.
October 31, 2008
The Library and Oxford University Press sponsored a panel lecture on October 1, 2008 to celebrate the 80th birthday of the OED, the comprehensive dictionary of the English language. The speakers were Fred Shapiro, Simon Winchester, Jesse Sheidlower, and Ammon Shea, and each brought unique and engaging insights to this discussion of the history, function, and future of the dictionary.
The OED was formally launched June 6, 1928, and it took 70 years to compile the initial 10 volumes, which contained almost 415,000 words. Former British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin called the creation of the OED “the greatest enterprise of its kind in history.” Today, the OED fills 20 volumes and weighs 137 pounds. It has also been available on the Internet since 2000 as the OED Online.
You can listen to and download the netcast for free via Yale iTunes U web site.
In this new Netcast from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Caryl Phillips, Professor of English at Yale University and the author of eight novels, two anthologies, and three works of non-fiction, describes his process of writing the introduction to the Vintage Books, British edition of Richard Wright’s landmark text, Native Son. The Richard Wright Papers are held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
October 13, 2008
Jonathan Holloway, Yale Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies recounts visiting the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in his first month of graduate school and the transformative experience that grew out of his surprise encounter with Richard Wright's landmark text, Native Son.
September 10, 2008
Famous for her strong opinions about art as well as for her beauty and wit, radical editor Margaret Anderson was a key figure in American and European Modernism. Archivist Molly Wheeler speaks with Nancy Kuhl, Curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature, about this archival collection.
September 3, 2008
In this new netcast, antiquarian bookseller William Reese, Yale class of 1977, discusses American naturalist and artist John James Audubon; Yale's copies of Audubon’s monumental work "Birds of America," and Audubon's contribution to American natural history.
July 31, 2008
In "The Gutenberg Bible at the Beinecke,” Dr. William Whobrey, Assistant Dean of Yale College and Lecturer in Germanic Languages and Literature, discusses Johannes Gutenberg, Yale's copy of the Gutenberg Bible, and the significance of the invention of moveable type. See a folio from Yale's Gutenberg Bible and download or listen free to this Netcast via the Beinecke's Blogs & Podcasts page or Yale's iTunesU web site.
June 20, 2008
A new Library netcast, "Reading History and Writing Fiction: A Life in Books," a lecture by Booker Prize winning novelist Penleope Lively, with a reply by Pulizter Prize winning historian David McCullough, is now available. You can listen to it and download it for free through Yale's iTunes U site. The recording was made during an event on May 9, 2008 that was organized and sponsored by the University Library.
June 10, 2008
This new netcast describes the Yale Collection of Mountaineering Literature in Sterling Memorial Library. The Collection includes contemporary and historical materials on all aspects of mountaineering and in many languages. You can listen to and download the netcast free via Yale's iTunesU web site.
May 29, 2008
May 22, 2008
In this netcast, Nanette Stahl, Curator of the Judaica Collection and curator of "The Passover Haggadah: Modern Art in Dialogue with an Ancient Text," an exhibition in Sterling Memorial Library, discusses highlights from the show and the history of this important Jewish text.