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February 2, 2010

American Letters: Mark Twain to Walt Whitman

Now available in iTunes and on our website, a new podcast series featuring staff of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library reading letters and manuscripts from its American literary collections.

Episode One: Mark Twain to Walt Whitman, Hartford, Connecticut, 1889 (3:51)

Listen online or via Yale University in iTunes.

September 16, 2009

New Library Podcast

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.

The recordings are available, for free, via the Beinecke Library's website or via Yale University on iTunes U.

September 15, 2009

Two New Library Podcasts

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

New Podcast: The Art of the Ketubah

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

New podcast: Alexis de Tocqueville and the Challenge of Democracy

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.

This podcast is available here or on Yale University on iTunes U.

June 23, 2009

New podcasts: Poetry readings at the Beinecke

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

New Netcast: Living Distance

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.

This netcast is available here or on Yale University on iTunes U.

March 5, 2009

New Netcast: The East Asia Library at Yale

Tang Li, Public Services Librarian in the East Asia Library, guides listeners on a Mandarin-language tour of Yale's East Asia Library and describes the Library's history, resources, and services.

You can access the recording here or on Yale University on iTunes U.

New Netcast: Jane Wodening and Stan Brakhage Scrapbooks, 1958-1967

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.

The netcast is available here or on Yale University on iTunes U.

New Netcast: Robert A.M. Stern on the Beinecke Library

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.

The netcast is available here or on Yale University on iTunes U.

December 18, 2008

New Netcast: Portraits of Painters

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

New Netcast: Library Architecture at Yale

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.

The netcast is available here or on Yale University on iTunes U.

New Netcast: The Founding Fathers and the American Monarchy

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.

The netcast is available here or on Yale University on iTunes U.

New Netcast: Treasures from the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections

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.

The netcast is available here or via Yale University on Itunes U.

December 5, 2008

A new Netcast from the Beinecke Library

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.

You can listen to and download the podcast free via the Beinecke’s Blogs & Podcasts page and through Yale's iTunesU web site.

October 31, 2008

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the OED

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.

Looking for Richard Wright

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.

You can listen to and download the podcast free via the Beinecke’s Blogs & Podcasts page and through Yale's iTunesU web site.

October 13, 2008

Richard Wright, Native Son, and the Beinecke Library: Being Brought to My Senses

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.

You can listen to and download the podcast free via the Beinecke’s Blogs & Podcasts page and through Yale's iTunesU web site.

September 10, 2008

Unfolding the Corners: Intimacy in the Archive of Margaret Anderson at the Beinecke Library

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.

You can listen to and download the podcast free via the Beinecke’s Blogs & Podcasts page and Yale's iTunesU web site.

September 3, 2008

New Netcast: Audubon's Birds of America at the Beinecke Library

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.

You can listen to and download the netcast free via the Beinecke’s Blogs & Podcasts page or Yale's iTunesU web site.

July 31, 2008

New Netcast: The Gutenberg Bible at the Beinecke

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

Penelope Lively on "Reading History and Writing Fiction"

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.

New Netcast: Gay Rights Movement Microfilm Collection

This new netcast describes the scope and contents of the Gay Rights Movement microfilm collection, an important primary resource for the study of gay and lesbian history in the United States and around the world. It is also available on Yale's iTunes U web site.

June 10, 2008

New Netcast: Yale Collection of Mountaineering Literature

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

New Netcast: A Guided Tour of Sterling Memorial Library

David McCullough, Yale class of 1955 and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, narrates this fascinating guided tour of Sterling Memorial Library. You can access it here.

May 22, 2008

New Netcast: The Passover Haggadah

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.