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July 2014

Interview with Margaret K. Powell

Recently retired Librarian and Executive Director Maggie Powell was interviewed for an article that appeared in the YaleNews on July 16. To read the article, click here.

June 2014

New Librarian and Executive Director of the Lewis Walpole Library

The Yale University Library announced the appointment of Nicole Bouché as the new Librarian and Executive Director of the Lewis Walpole Library. She will begin her new position in Farmington on August 18th. For more information click here.

Farmington High School Archaeology Class Public Presentation at LWL, Saturday, June 14, 10-1

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Farmington High School Anthropology and Archaeology students, under the direction of teacher and Friends of the Office of State Archaeology Vice President Jeremy Pilver, spent three days last week conducting archaeological excavations on the Library property. They discussed their work, displayed artifacts, and presented their findings to the public at the Library on Saturday, June 14, 10-1.

 

May 2014

Fellowship and Travel Grant Award Recipients Announced

The Library is delighted to announce the recipients of Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants for 2014-2015. Thirteen fellowships, five travel grants, and two Yale graduate student summer fellowships were awarded. For a list of recipients and their projects click here.

Two Master Classes offered to Graduate Students

The Library will offer two master classes this summer, British History Painting in the Long Eighteenth Century, August 18-22, and Caricature and the Comic Image, 1800-1850, September 4-6. Graduate students are invited to register for one or for both. The course is intended primarily for Yale students, but a limited number of places will be available to graduate students from other universities. As space is limited, early registration is encouraged. For more information click here.

April 2014

New exhibition "A Collection's Progress: The Lewis Walpole Library, 2000-2014" now on view

Curated by the LWL's own Margaret K. Powell, Executive Director and W.S. Lewis Librarian, and marking her retirement later this spring, "A Collection's Progress: The Lewis Walpole Library, 2000-2014" looks back at a selection of acquisitions made during Dr. Powell's 14 years as head of the Library. The exhibition opened on April 14 and be on view through October 3. For more information click here.

Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students -- Applications invited

Applications are invited for one and two-month summer fellowships to students enrolled in a doctoral program at Yale University who are engaged in or preparing for dissertation research and whose topic of study is supported by the Lewis Walpole Library collections. Accommodation on-site in Farmington are included. Application deadline is April 30, 2014. For details click here.

April 3 evening curator's talk on Emma Hamilton Dancing

Exhibition curator John Cooper, Clare-Mellon Fellow in the History of Art, Yale University, will talk about Emma Hamilton Dancing on Thursday, April 3, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington. The event is sponsored by the Farmington Libraries and the LWL. Advance registration is required, and space is limited to twenty-five participants. Please call the Farmington Libraries at 860-673-6791 or register through the Farmington Libraries website at http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org .

March 2014

Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students -- Applications invited

Applications are invited for one and two-month summer fellowships to students enrolled in a doctoral program at Yale University who are engaged in or preparing for dissertation research and whose topic of study is supported by the Lewis Walpole Library collections. Accommodation on-site in Farmington and a stipend are included. Application deadline is April 30, 2014. For details click here.

February 2014

April 3 evening curator's talk on Emma Hamilton Dancing

Exhibition curator John Cooper, Clare-Mellon Fellow in the History of Art, Yale University, will talk about Emma Hamilton Dancing on Thursday, April 3, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington. The event is sponsored by the Farmington Libraries and the LWL. Advance registration is required, and space is limited to twenty-five participants. Please call the Farmington Libraries at 860-673-6791 or register through the Farmington Libraries website at http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org .

January 2014

YIPP Moves to Yale Divinity School

The Yale Indian Papers Project (YIPP) and editors Paul Grant-Costa and Tobias Glaza have moved to their new offices in the Yale Divinity School. The Lewis Walpole Library was home to YIPP for the past five years. To go to the Yale Indian Papers Project website, click here. To go to Op-Ed, the blog of the Yale Indian Papers Project, click here. YIPP's new address and phone are: Box 434, Yale Divinity School, Yale University, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Tel: (203) 432-8089. email: indianpapersproject@yale.edu.

December 2013

Cards for Sale

The Library is pleased to offer cards for sale. The greeting cards have images drawn from the Library's collections of caricatures and satires, Thomas Robins watercolors, Strawberry Hill-related materials, and the Lewis archives. Most of the cards are blank, but some have greetings inside. To view the selection and for more information about ordering and prices click here.

Yale News write-up of Emma Hamilton Dancing Exhibition

A brief write-up of the Emma Hamilton Dancing exhibition appeared in the December 3 Yale News article "Discover the big appeal of Yale's smaller exhibits" by Amy Athey McDonald. To view the article, click here and scroll down. Images from the exhibition appear as numbers 10-12.

October 2013

Fellowship and Travel Grant Applications Invited

The Library invites applications to its Fellowship and Travel Grant program for the upcoming year. Fellowships, typically for one month, and travel grants, usually for two weeks, afford opportunities for research focused in the Library's collections. This year the Lewis Walpole Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library are offering a joint Fellowship award to support up to eight weeks reserch in both collections. The deadline for applications is January 6, 2014. For further details click here.

"Emma Hamilton Dancing" Exhibition now on view

With works on paper selected from the LWL's collection and including material on loan from the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and The Watkinson Library at Trinity College. For details click here.

Twentieth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture: "The Ladies Library: Or, Benjamin Franklin's Sister's Books"

Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard, and author of Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, will present the 20th Lewis Walpole Library Lecture November 8 at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, 5:30 pm. Professor LePore will discuss her work reconstituting the lost library of Benjamin Franklin's sister Jane (1712-1794). For more details click here.

September 2013

Evening Talk at the LWL September 19 at 7 pm

James Caudle will give a talk on the current exhibition "'In the Midst of the Jovial Crowd': Young James Boswell in London, 1762–1763" on Thursday, September 19 at 7 pm. at the Lewis Walpole Library, 154 Main Street, Farmington. Registration is required. Please call 860-673-6791 or register through the Farmington Libraries web site: http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org/.

James Caudle is The Associate Editor, Yale Edition of the Private Papers of James Boswell, and guest curator of the exhibition. The event is sponsored by the Farmington Libraries and the LWL. For more information about the exhibition click here.

YIPP receives second NEH grant

The Yale Indian Papers Project has received a Scholarly Editions grant of $225,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support “The New England Indian Papers Series: The State of Connecticut Collection, 1783-1869.” For details, see Op-Ed, the blog of the Yale Indian Papers Project click here.

Applications Invited for the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant for Yale Seniors

The Library invites Yale seniors to apply for the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant for senior essay research based in the Lewis Walpole Library collections. For details, click here.

June 2013

Playbills added to Digital Images Collection

Several collections of eighteenth-century playbills have been added to the digital images collection online, including playbills from theatres in York, Exeter and Lyme Regis, Bath, and Kent, along with playbills associated with Tate Wilkinson and playbills for Walpole's Castle of Otranto.

Farmington High School Students participate in Archaeological Field School at the LWL

Students from the Farmington High School, under the guidance of history and archaeology teacher Jeremy Pilver, spent three days during the first week of June participating in an archaeological field school on the Library property. They will discuss their experience present their findings to the public at the Library on Saturday, June 22, 9-12. All are welcome!

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May 2013

Fellowship and Travel Grant Awards Announced

The Library is delighted to announce the recipients of Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants for 2013-2014. This year thirteen fellowships and two travel grants have been awarded. For a list of recipients and their projects click here.

Two Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students Awarded

The Library announces that two Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students have been awarded for 2013. Noah Gentele of the History Department will come to Farmington to work on "The Temporal Potentials of Atlantic History", and Melina Moe of the English Department will be here to work on "Maria Edgeworth and the Rhetorical Practices of Character." For more information click here.

Op-Ed, a blog of the Yale Indian Papers Project, launched

Yale Indian Papers Project editors have launched a blog intended as a discussion point about a range of topics relating to New England Native communities. For more information click here.

April 2013

Images of Manuscript Letters added to Horace Walpole's Correspondence online

Digital images of the original manuscript letters in the Library's collection have been added to the electronic version of Horace Walpole's Correspondence. While browsing the collection by date and correspondent, an additional link will be visible directing the user to view the original document. Also, while viewing the OCR pages, if an image of an original manuscript letter is available, a link will appear above the whole page. For more information click here.

In the Midst of the Jovial Crowd": Young James Boswell in London, 1762-1763 Now on view through October 4

The exhibition, curated by James Caudle, The Associate Editor, Boswell Editions, brings to life the current events, everyday social life, and personalities celebrated in Boswell’s London Journal, unpublished until 1950, but now one of the best-loved works of eighteenth-century life-writing. For more information, click here.

"Sugar and the confectioner in eighteenth-century England" Workship April 19

Graduate Students and Faculty are invited to the Library for a presentation and workshop by British food historian Ivan Day. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the history of the officier's culinary art by Mr. Day. Following a demonstration by Mr. Day, participants will create their own confections. The number of participants is limited, and advanced registration is required. For more information, click here.

February 2013

Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students

Once again the Library offers Summer Fellowships to students enrolled in a doctoral program at Yale University who are engaged in or preparing for dissertation research and whose topic of study is supported by the Lewis Walpole Library collections. Applications will be accepted beginning March 1 and the deadline is April 30. For more information click here.

Program on the Life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis

The Library will host a program including a talk on the life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis in connection with the current exhibition as part of the Farmington Public Library's "Director's College" series. The event will take place at the LWL on February 27 at 7 pm. Space is limited to 25 participants and advance registration is required. for more information see the Farmington Public Library events page, click here.

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December 2012

Paul Grant-Costa of YIPP receives SCOPA grant

Paul Grant-Costa, Executive Editor of the Yale Indian Papers Project, was awarded the 2012 SCOPA Professional Development Grant to fund a Mohegan Native scholar for one month to assist in the editorial preparation of a selection of the Ezra Stiles Indian Manterials and for travel to the Mohegan reservation for consultation and research. SCOPA, the Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, Professional Development Grants help fund projects that contribute to the Yale library community through such avenues as scholarly research, creative program applications, or feasibility/pilot studies. For more info on the Yale Indian Papers Project, click here.

November 2012

Dancing on a Sunny Plain: The Life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis

The Library's newest exhibition focuses on the remarkable life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis. Materials on view are selected from the archival and household collections. For more information, click here.

Fellowship and Travel Grant Applications Invited

The Library invites applications to its Fellowship and Travel Grant program for the upcoming academic year. Fellowships, typically for one month, and travel grants, usually for two weeks, afford opportunities for research focused in the Library's collections. The deadline for applications is January 18, 2013. For further details click here.

September 2012


Applications Invited for the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant for Yale Seniors

Yale seniors are invited to apply for the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant for senior essay research based in the Lewis Walpole Library collections. For details, click here.

One-Day Master Class on Extra-Illustration offered December 7

Lucy Peltz, Curator, the National Portrait Gallery, London, will teach a one-day Master Class on Extra-Illustration December 7. For more details click here.

W.S. and Annie Burr Lewis Oral History Project
The Library is continuing the W.S. and Annie Burr Lewis Oral History Project and invites help in this effort to record and preserve the memories of the lives and legacies of Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and Annie Burr Lewis. Those interested in participating in this project are invited to provide the Library with written or recorded memories in person, by mail, or by email. For more information click here.

Nineteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture Sept. 20

The nineteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture took place Thursday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall. Professor Robert Crawford spoke on "Robert Burns and Scottish Independence." The lecture was free and open to the public. For more information click here.

August 2012

Exhibition "The God of Our Idolatry": Garrick and Shakespeare closed

Because of the ongoing exterior renovation work being carried out on the Cowles House and twentieth-century additions to the Library, the current exhibition, curated by Joseph Roach and Margaret Powell, is now closed. The next exhibition is scheduled to open at the end of October.

July 2012

Nineteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture Sept. 20

The nineteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture will take place Thursday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall. Professor Robert Crawford will speak on "Robert Burns and Scottish Independence." The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information click here.

May 2012

Summer Fellowship for Yale Graduate Student Awarded
The Library congratulates Lucian Ghita, a doctoral student in Comparative Literature, who has been awarded a Summer Fellowship to work on "The Eighteenth-Century Reception of Shakespeare: Literary Adaptation and Stage Practice" which will inform several chapters of his dissertation. For more information about the Library's Summer Fellowship program for Yale Graduate Students, click here.

Spaces Still Available in August Master Class: "British History Painting in the Long Eighteenth Century". The residential seminar is intended to give doctoral students in a number of disciplines the opportunity to consider issues of history painting using both visual material and textual resources from the Lewis Walpole Library's collections. Led by Professor Mark Phillips and Curator Cynthia Roman, this course will explore the often-embattled efforts of artists to construct new modes of visual representations of narrative history and national history in particular. For more details click here.

LWL Podcasts Now Available on iTunes
Two collections of podcasts from the Library are now available on iTunes. Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century covers a variety of topics drawn from the collection, and Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill focuses on Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. For more information, click here.

Exhibition "The God of Our Idolatry": Garrick and Shakespeare extended to Sept 28
The Library's current exhibition, curated by Joseph Roach and Margaret Powell, has been extended through the end of September. The exhibition gallery is open Wednesday afternoons from 2-4:30 without an appointment. For more information click here.

Summer Fellowship Application Deadline Extended to May 18
The application deadline for Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students has been extended to May 18. The Fellowships, for one or two months, provide a stipend and housing for work in the Lewis Walpole Library collections in Farmington. For details click here.

April 2012

Exhibition Catalogue Wins Award
Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill, Michael Snodin, editor, with the assistance of Cynthia Roman, has been awarded the 2012 Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award by the Society of Architectural Historians. For details on the award and its selection criteria, click here.

Master Class "Caricature and the Comic Image 1800-1850" - CANCELED . The week-long master class "Caricature and the Comic Image 1800-1850" has been canceled. Other master classes are scheduled for May and August. For details click here.

Fellowship and Travel Grant Awards Announced
The Library is delighted to announce the recipients of Fellowships and Travel Grants for the upcoming 2012-2013 year. Seventeen visiting Fellowships and three Travel Grants were awarded. A complete list of recipients can be found by clicking here.

March 2012

Applications Invited for the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant for a Rising Yale Senior
Rising Yale seniors are invited to apply for the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant for senior essay research based in the Lewis Walpole Library collections. For details, click here.

Master Classes offered in May and August
Hogarth to Cruikshank: The Comic Image 1750-1850. This year for the first time, the Library invites senior scholars from a variety of disciplines whose research encompasses graphic satire and caricature to a one-day workshop with Professsor Brian Maidment and Curator Cynthia Roman on Saturday, May, 19, 2012. For more details click here.

British History Painting in the Long Eighteenth Century. The residential seminar is intended to give doctoral students in a number of disciplines the opportunity to consider issues of history painting using both visual material and textual resources from the Lewis Walpole Library's collections. Led by Professor Mark Phillips and Curator Cynthia Roman, this course explores the often-embattled efforts of artists to construct new modes of visual representations of narrative history and national history in particular. For more details click here.

"The God of Our Idolatry": Garrick and Shakespeare
The Library's latest exhibition is on view in Farmington through the end of July. The exhibition, curated by Margaret K. Powell and Joseph R. Roach, is presented in connection with Shakespeare at Yale, a semester of events celebrating the Bard. For more information about the Library's exhibition, click here.

Applications Invited for 2012 Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students
Once again the Library offers one- and two-month Fellowships to Yale Graduate Students who are engaged in or preparing for dissertation research and whose topic of study supported by the Lewis Walpole Library collections. Summer Fellowships include accommodations on-site in Farmington and a stipend. Applications will be accepted beginning in March. For details click here.

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December 2011

Miscellaneous Antiquities XVIII
The Strawberry Hill Press & Its Printing House: an Account and an Iconography by Stephen Clarke is the latest volume in the occasional monographic series Miscellaneous Antiquities, published by the Library and distributed by YUP. The book was reviewed by James Raven in the Times Literary Supplement on December 9, 2011 ( p. 13). For more information about this volume and the Miscellaneous Antiquities series, click here

October 2011

Applications Invited for Fellowships and Travel Grants for 2012-2013 Academic Year
The Library invites applications to its Fellowship and Travel Grant program for the upcoming academic year. Fellowships, typically for one month, and travel grants, usually for two weeks, afford opportunities for research focused in the Library's collections. For details, click here.

Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant Awarded
Tatiana Schlossberg, a Yale senior, has been awarded the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant for support of her senior essay research in the Library's collections. The grant was named for Charles A. Ryskamp, a member of the Lewis Walpole Library Board of Managers from 1980 until his death in 2010. This is the first year the Library has awarded the grant. For more details, click here.

September 2011

New Exhibition: "Sacred Satire: Lampooning Religious Belief in Eighteenth-Century Britain
The Library's new exhibition has opened and is now on view in Farmington. The exhibition, with prints drawn from the Library's collection of satires, has been guest-curated by Misty Anderson, Associate Professor of English, University of Tennessee, and former Lewis Walpole Library Fellow. The exhibition gallery is open to the public on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4:30 with no appointment necessary. To view the exhibition at other times, please call ahead and schedule a visit. For more information click here.

Master Class September 30, 2011
The Library is offering a one-day master class to Yale graduate students in connection with the exhibition "Sacred Satire: Lampooning Religious Belief in Eighteenth-Century Britain." Misty Anderson, Associate Professor of English, University of Tennessee, will lead the course which will explore satiric images of Dissenters, Methodists, and Roman Catholics, as well as established Anglican clergy. For more information click here.

Digital Version of Horace Walpole's Correspondence Now Available
An electronic version of The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937-1983) is now available online. Launched in time to mark Walpole’s 294th birthday in September, this new digital resource provides free online access to all 48 volumes of W.S. Lewis’s scholarly edition of the correspondence of Horace Walpole. For more information click here.

August 2011

Eighteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture
The eighteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture, "Family Life Makes Tories of us All": Love and Power in Georgian England will be presented by Amanda Vickery on Friday, October 21, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Yale Center for British Art. The lecture is free and open to the public. Dr. Vickery is is Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. For more information, click here.

Library Email Account difficulties resolved--the Library's email account walpole@yale.edu is once again able to receive and respond to messages.

Current Exhibition: Illustrious Heads: Portrait Prints as History has been extended through September 7. No appointment is necessary on Wednesday afternoons from 2 - 4:30. For other times, please call the Library to make an appointment. For more information click here.

Tours of the Library and its collections are now offered on Wednesday afternoons at 2:30. No appointment is necessary for groups of four or fewer. For more information click here.

July 2011

W.S. and Annie Burr Lewis Oral History Project
The Library is pleased to announce the inauguration of The W.S. and Annie Burr Lewis Oral History Project and invites help in this effort to record and preserve the memories of the lives and legacies of Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and Annie Burr Lewis. Those interested in participating in this project are invited to provide the Library with written or recorded memories in person, by mail, or by email. For more information click here.

In the News
The Library was featured in a story in the Hartford Courant. To see the article click here.

April 2011

Fellowship and Travel Grant Awards for 2011-2012 Announced
The Library is delighted to announce the recipients of Fellowships and Travel Grants for the upcoming 2011-2012 year. Thirteen visiting Fellowships in support of twelve projects, and four Travel Grants have been awarded. A complete list of recipients can be found by clicking here.

New Opportunity for Senior Essay Research at the Lewis Walpole Library, 2011-2012: The Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant
The Lewis Walpole Library announces the establishment of the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant, to be awarded on a competitive basis to a rising Yale College senior. The grant provides funds for regular travel during the academic year to Farmington in support of senior essay research in the Library’s collections and, as necessary, occasional overnight accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library’s campus. The Library’s staff will be available for research consultation and guidance throughout the year. For more details click here.

One-Day Master Class for Members of the Community, Hogarth to Cruikshank:  the Comic Image 1750-1850           May 14 ,2011
For several years the Library has hosted Brian Maidment's popular one-week master class for Yale graduate students. This year, for the first time, the Library invites members of the community to a one-day version of this class with Professor Brian Maidment and Curator Cynthia Roman. Entitled "Hogarth to Cruikshank: The Comic Image, 1750-1850", the class will be held May 14, 2011. Early registration is encouraged as the number of participants is limited. For more details click here.

Week-Long Master Class for Yale Graduate Students, Caricature and the Comic Image 1800-1850                           May 16-20, 2011
The Lewis Walpole Library is again offering its week-long master class focused on nineteenth-century prints and graphic images. Led by Professor Brian Maidment and Curator Cynthia Roman, the residential seminar is intended to give doctoral students in a number of disciplines the opportunity to work with the Lewis Walpole Library's collections and to think over issues to do with the value, status, and methodological challenges offered by the study of graphic material. No previous experience of working with prints or other graphic images is required. The number of participants is limited. For more details click here.

New Master Class for Yale Graduate Students, British History Painting in the Long Eighteenth Century          August 22-26, 2011
The Library broadens its master class offerings for Yale graduate students with the introduction of "British History Painting in the Long Eighteenth Century." This residential seminar, led by Professor Mark Salber Phillips and Curator Cynthia Roman, will explore the often-embattled efforts of artists to construct new modes of visual representations of narrative history and national history in particular. The number of participants is limited. For more details click here.

Summer Fellowship for Yale Graduate Students
Graduate Students at Yale who are are engaged in or preparing for dissertation research and whose topic of study is supported by the Lewis Walpole Library collections are invited to apply for a Summer Fellowship. Awards include accommodations on-site in Farmington and a stipend of either $1,950 or $3,900, depending upon the duration of the fellowship. For more details click here.

Current Exhibition: Illustrious Heads: Portrait Prints as History, curated by Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, is now on view in the Library’s exhibition gallery through mid-summer. No appointment is necessary on Wednesday afternoons from 2 - 4:30. For other times, please call the Library to make an appointment. For more information click here.

January 2011

Portrait Prints as History

Friday, 28 January 2011
Douglas Fordham, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of Virginia

A full-day seminar at the Lewis Walpole Library for Yale graduate students, held in conjunction with the exhibition “Illustrious Heads: Portrait Prints as History.” The course explored the diverse ways in which portrait prints, and their irreverent cousin caricature, helped to shape eighteenth-century notions of historical narrative, biography, anecdote, and personal subjectivity. While British artists often viewed portraiture to be in competition with history paintings, this seminar examined shared attributes and the complicating factor of mechanical reproduction. The course focused on materials selected from the extensive collections of portrait prints, caricatures, and illustrated books at the Lewis Walpole Library.

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October 2010

Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder, will lead a seminar for Yale graduate students Thursday, October 28, 2010, from 2-4 p.m. in the Beinecke. Entitled "Literary Techniques in popular scientific biography: A Writer's Experience," the seminar will include a presentation and discussion, followed by a reception in the Beinecke Mezzanine. Space is very limited and registration is required. To reserve a space, contact Maggie Powell, margaret.powell@yale.edu, or 860-677-2140.

Fellowship and Travel Grant Applications Invited for 2011-2012. The Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the Library's collections. Scholars undertaking post-doctoral or equivalent research, and doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply. The Lewis Walpole Library fellowships, usually for one month, include the cost of travel to and from Farmington, accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library's campus, and a living allowance stipend (now $2,100). For more details click here.

September 2010:

Seventeenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture. "Romantic Science". On Friday, October 29, 2010, Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder, will present the seventeenth Lewis Walpole Library lecture. The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Lecture Hall of the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven. A reception will follow at the Yale Center for British Art.

May 2010:

Current Exhibition. "Collection Highlights: Prints, Drawings, and Illustrated Books", curated by Cynthia Roman, the Library's Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, is now on view in the Library's exhibition gallery until October 29. No appointment is necessary on Wednesday afternoons from 2 - 4:30. For more information click here.

Fellowship and Travel Grant Awards Announced. The Library is delighted to announce the recipients of Fellowships and Travel Grants for the upcoming 2010-2011 year. Fourteen visiting Fellowships, two Travel Grants, and two Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students were awarded. A complete list of recipients can be found by clicking here.


March 2010:

The Library launched its first blog. The Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions at the Lewis Walpole Library, created by Library Service Assistant Todd Falkowski, features new additions of early materials to the Lewis Walpole Library's collection. Subscriptions to the RSS feed enable users to be notified automatically when new posts of recent antiquarian acquisitions are added. To go to the blog click here.

A major exhibition presenting highlights of the exceptional collection once owned by Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill will be on view in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum from March 6 through July 4, 2010. The exhibition, which is accompanied by a publication, has been organized by the Lewis Walpole Library, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. For more information click here.

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December 2009:

The Library in the News. The Lewis Walpole Library was the focus of two articles, one of which appeared in the Hartford Courant on December 13, and the other in the Yale Daily News on October 27. The Hartford Courant article, "For Love of Art: Two Men's Obsessions Converge at Farmington's Lewis Walpole Library," by Roger Caitlin with photos by Bettina Hansen, appeared in the Sunday Arts section. To read the Hartford Courant article, click here.

The Yale Daily News article was entitled "Tucked Away, a Yale Library Flourishes," and was written by Daniel Serna with photos by Sean Fraga. To read the Yale Daily News article, click here.

October 2009:

New Directions in Eighteenth-Century Studies. (October 3, 2009) A small symposium was organized by the Lewis Walpole Library to introduce non-Yale scholars in a variety of humanistic disciplines to the Library's collections and programs while discussing the ways in which the field of eighteenth-century studies has been evolving. For more details click here.

Fellowship and Travel Grant Applications Invited for 2010-2011 (July through June). The Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the Library's collections. Scholars undertaking post-doctoral or equivalent research, and doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply. The Lewis Walpole Library fellowships, usually for one month, include the cost of travel to and from Farmington, accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library's campus, and a living allowance stipend (now $2,000). The deadline has now passed. For more details click here.

Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill. A major exhibition presenting highlights of the exceptional collection once owned by Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill was on view at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven from October 15, 2009, through January 3, 2010. The exhibition, which was accompanied by a publication, was organized by the Lewis Walpole Library, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. For more information click here.

Works of Genius: Amateur Artists in Walpole's Circle. The Library's exhibition in Farmington on view through March 19, 2010, featured works of art which were created by non-professional or amateur artists, persons who were "not artists" but who were Horace Walpole's friends and family members. Also included were several works by Walpole himself. The works were all from the Library's collection, and the exhibition in Farmington was on view through March 19, 2010. The exhibition gallery is open without appointment on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4. For more details click here.

September 2009:

Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill to open in New Haven October 15

Upcoming Exhibition
Works of Genius: Amateur Artists in Walpole's Circle.

May 2009:

Fellowship and Travel Grant Awards Announced. The Library was delighted to announce next year's Lewis Walpole Library Fellows. They will take up their fellowships or grants between July 2009 and June 2010. For more details click here.

Application Deadline Extended for Summer Fellowships in British 18th-Century Studies for Yale Graduate Students Offered. The application deadline for Summer Fellowships at the Library was extended to May 31. The Lewis Walpole Library offers summer fellowships to students enrolled in doctoral programs at Yale University who wish to pursue dissertation research in the Lewis Walpole collections. For more details click here.

Sixteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture. On Friday, May 8, Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of History, UCLA, presented the Sixteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture, "Visualizing Religious Difference: Picart's Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World (1723-1737)" at 5:30 p.m., in the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall, New Haven. A reception followed in the Library Court. For more details click here.

Master Class for Yale Graduate Students, May 11 - 15, 2009. The Lewis Walpole Library offered a week-long master class focused on nineteenth-century prints and graphic images.

The residential seminar is intended to give doctoral students in a number of disciplines – most obviously art history, English and history – the opportunity to work with the Lewis Walpole Library's collections and to think over issues to do with the value, status, and methodological challenges offered by the study of graphic material. No previous experience of working with prints or other graphic images is required. The number of participants is limited.For more details click here.

March 2009:

New Exhibition opened April 17. "French Liberty. British Slavery." British Responses to the French Revolution from the Collection of the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University (April 17 - August 28, 2009). On Friday, April 17, from 3-5 p.m. there was an opening of the Library's new exhibition. This event included a gallery talk by the graduate student curator, Julia Elsky (Yale French Department), followed by a reception.

This exhibition explored British responses to the French Revolution and focused on the period of 1789-1794, from the beginning of the Revolution until the end of the Reign of Terror in France. For more details click here.

Transportation to the opening in Farmington on April 17, and again on the two subsequent Fridays, April 24, and May 1, was available from New Haven for Yale students on a limited basis.

Summer Fellowships in British 18th-Century Studies for Yale Graduate Students Offered.

Sixteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture.

Master Class for Yale Graduate Students, May 11 - 15, 2009.

January 2009:

Fellowship Applications Invited for 2009-2010.

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December 2008:

Netcast Features Exhibition. The Library's first netcast, featuring images of works in the exhibition "Portraits of Painters: Drawings by George Vertue and Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting in England" and a discussion by Curator Cythina Roman is now available. For more information, click here.

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. -- Geoffrey Little, Communications Coordinator, YUL

September 2008:

New Exhibition Opens at Library. "Portraits of Painters: Drawings by George Vertue and Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting in England" was on view in the Library's exhibition space in Farmington through February 25, 2009. The exhibition included drawings by Vertue as well as the related prints published in volumes of Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting. The gallery is open Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. while exhibitions are on view. For more details click here.

August 2008:

Yale Indian Papers Project and Executive Editor Paul Grant-Costa join the Lewis Walpole Library. Paul Grant-Costa has joined the staff of the Lewis Walpole Library as Executive Editor of the Yale Indian Papers Project. While this represents a new and exciting focus for the LWL, the addition of the project (and its editor) to the Library may also be seen as a fitting continuation of founder W.S. Lewis's interest in the region's Native American history. The Yale Indian Papers Project (YIPP) is a documentary editing initiative whose mission is to collect, transcribe, annotate, and electronically publish primary source materials on New England Native Americans. The collection explores nearly four centuries of Native history, law, religion, and culture, as well as issues of community, land, gender, race, identity, migration, and sovereignty. In keeping with the LWL's main strengths, the papers are especially rich for the eighteenth century and are editorially framed within the context of the Atlantic world, reflecting the growing academic interest both in imperial historiography from a global perspective and in Native American studies.

Along with work on the editorial project, Paul's responsibilities include planning for the care and interpretation of the LWL's Day Museum of Indian Artifacts; engagement with scholars here and abroad to encourage and support use of the collections in Farmington, including YIPP documents; and outreach to the local community as well as to other interested groups at Yale, in the region, and in the tribal communities. For more information, contact Paul Grant-Costa by email at paul.grant-costa@yale.edu or by phone at 860-677-2140.

July 2008:

Awards announced for Summer Fellowships in British 18th-Century Studies for Yale Graduate Students. Two Yale Graduate Students were awarded Summer Fellowships for 2008. Nicole Wright, a graduate student in English Language and Literature, pursued research on topics that include the eighteenth-century novel, the Anglo-Irish novel, adjuticational courtroom/trials as depicted in literature of the period, and character studies. Justin du Rivage, a graduate student in History, conducted research on the foreign and imperial policies of Great Britain and France in the eighteenth century. For more details click here.

April 2008:

Summer Fellowships in British 18th-Century Studies for Yale Graduate Students Offered.

Master Class for Yale Graduate Students, May 12 - 16, 2008. The Lewis Walpole Library once again offered a week-long master class in Farmington, taught by Brian Maidment and open to Yale graduate students. This year Curator Cynthia Roman joined Professor Maidment in teaching the class "Caricature and the Comic Image 1800-1850." The number of participants was limited. For more details click here.

Fifteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture. On Friday, April 18, Leo Damrosch, the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard, presented the Fifteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture, "Feeling Free in the Enlightenment: Diderot versus Rousseau, or, Philosophy versus Lived Experience," in the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall, New Haven. For more details click here.

January 2008:

Print Metadata Seminar: On January 25, 2008, The Library hosted a seminar for art prints in association with a Mellon Foundation Collections Collaborative re-grant project at Yale. The aim of the project is to reach agreement upon common or compatible practices for descriptive and imaging metadata and to develop a metadata registry and a metadata application profile for Yale University. An article on the seminar appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library, page 4 (to view issue, click here) To view powerpoint presentations for the Print Metadata Seminar, click here.

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December 2007:

Fellowship and Travel Grant Awards Invited.

Recent Acquisitions Exhibition. Recent Acquisitions 2003-2007: Selected Books, Manuscripts, & Works on Paper is now on view in the Library's new exhibition space. For more details click here.

September 2007

Library Reopens :

The Lewis Walpole Library officially reopened on September 27. Library staff and guests celebrated the completion of the renovation and construction project, as well as the 290th anniversary of Horace Walpole's birth, at a gala lawn party in Farmington.

The Library's collection of books, manuscripts, prints, and drawings is once again accessible and may be consulted by appointment in the Library's splendid new Reading Room.

Tours of the Library and its collections resumed. For an appointment, please contact Susan Walker, Head of Public Services.

The Library underwent a major renovation and addition that together included a spacious reading room, state-of-the-art collection storage, and new staff and conservation workspace. Construction began in spring 2006, and the first phase, which included the construction of the addition, was completed by early summer 2007. The renovation of remaining Library spaces was completed by the reopening. These now include a new exhibition space and classroom, enabling the Library to expand its programmatic offerings.

For details about the renovation project, click here.

For further information, contact the Librarian.
The Librarian, The Lewis Walpole Library, P.O. Box 1408, Farmington, CT 06034 USA
1 860 677-2140
walpole@yale.edu

April 2007:

Fellowship and Travel Grant Awards Announced. The Library was delighted to announce next year's Lewis Walpole Library Fellows. They will take up their fellowships or grants between July 2007 and June 2008. For more details click here.

Fourteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture. On Friday, April 27, in the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall, New Haven, Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and the University of Chicago, presented the Fourteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture entitled "Observation in the Enlightenment." For more details click here.

Summer Fellowships in British 18th-Century Studies for Yale Graduate Students Offered.

The Library once again participated in the annual exhibition of items drawn from Special Collections throughout Yale. This year's installation, entitled "The History of Globalization: Artifacts and Documentation from Yale's Collections," was held as part of the season of events developed around the theme of "The Global Faces of the Yale Library."

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November 2006:

Library Closed for Building Renovations. Because of the ongoing renovations, the Lewis Walpole Library closed until early summer 2007. During this time the Library was able to offer only very limited public services. For more details click here.

Fellowship Program Resumes.

April 2006:

Photoduplication services resumed.

The Library and Jonathan Edwards College sponsored the Opera Theatre of Yale College's production of Elisir d'Amore, by Gaetano Donizetti, conducted by Nick Chong and directed by Ethan Heard.

Robert Darnton, Shelby Cullom Davis '30 Professor of European History, Princeton University, presented the Thirteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture , "Slander: The Art and Politics of Slinging Mud, Paris and London, 1770-1795" on Friday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall, 1080 Chapel Street‚ New Haven.

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December 2005:

Library Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant. The Library was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a Preservation Assessment of the Prints and Drawings Collections. The grant will enable the Library to carry out a conservation assessment of the eighteenth-century British prints and drawings in the collection and to develop a comprehensive plan for their conservation treatment.

Photoduplication services suspended temporarily. As the Library prepared to move its collections to storage, photoduplication services were suspended from December 1, 2005, through March 31, 2006. They resumed in April 2006.

October 2005:

The Library participated in the Special Collections Fair held October 6 at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in New Haven. Head of Public Services Susan Walker and Curator Cynthia Roman presented items related to the Duchess of Kingston's 1776 Bigamy Trial.

The items on display represented some of the many types of materials in the collection that support inquiry into a particular topic. These included prints, published texts, extra-illustrated books, and a manuscript journal. The trial was the subject of the Library's latest volume of Miscellaneous Antiquities, "The Production of a Female Pen": Anna Larpent's Account of the Duchess of Kingston's Bigamy Trial of 1776, published last year.

Prior to its closing, the Library offered tours to members of the Yale University Library staff through LiSA, the Library Staff Association, in celebration of Yale University Library's 75th anniversary.

September 2005:

For the English Department's first 18th-/19th-C. Colloquium of the academic year, the Library co-sponsored a talk by Helen Deutsch, Associate Professor at UCLA, entitled "'Hodge Shall Not Be Shot': Boswell, Johnson Pale Fire, and the Romance of Authorship." The talk was presented September 16 in New Haven.

May 2005:

For the Commencement Concert,sponsored by the Lewis Walpole Library and Saybrook College, the Saybrook College Orchestra, Perry So, Music Director, performed Selections from Candide by Leonard Bernstein, featuring Charlotte Dobbs, Soprano, and Amanda Ingram, Soprano, and Symphony No. 6 in B minor, "Pathétique" by Tchaikovsky. May 21, Battell Chapel.

April 2005:

Grants awarded for The Lewis Walpole Library/Strawberry Hill projects
The Library received two grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation totaling $37,500. One grant supports curatorial fellow Hope Saska who is developing an electronic database focused on the objects collected by Walpole for Strawberry Hill. The second grant, awarded to the Lewis Walpole Library and the Yale Center for British Art, funded an organizational meeting to plan a major exhibition dedicated to Strawberry Hill. The exhibition will be organized by those two Yale entities in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. For further details see the article in the Yale Bulletin & Calendar, April 1, 2005|Volume 33, Number 24, or contact the Library at walpole@yale.edu.

Joyce Appleby, Professor Emerita of History, UCLA, presented the Twelfth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture, "Thomas Paine and the Intellectual Underpinnings of American Democracy" on Friday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall, 1080 Chapel Street‚ New Haven.

The Library sponsored the Opera Theatre of Yale College's performance of W.A. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

Parliaments, Peoples and Power 1603-1800, an International Conference at Yale, was held April 7-9 in New Haven and Farmington.

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December 2004:

Renovation Planned for Academic Year 2005-2006. Fellowships Postponed. In light of the scheduled Library renovation project in the 2005-2006 academic year, the Lewis Walpole Library regretfully announces that no visiting research fellowships will be awarded for that year. Click here for further details.

October 2004:

"Antiquaries and Connoisseurs" An antiquarian's fascination with pieces of the past and a connoisseur's avid appreciation for works of art were widely recognized preoccupations of the period, and both made wonderfully tempting targets for caricaturists. Organized by Margaret Powell, this exhibition was on display in the Library's Side Hall through May 11, 2005.

June 2004:

On June 21, the Library hosted thirty members of the Rare Book and Manuscript Section of ACRL for tours and luncheon as part of the RBMS pre-conference held at Yale.

May 2004:

"Painted and Printed Color in Eighteenth-Century Satire," organized by curator Cynthia Roman, offered nearly thirty examples of color in printmaking in England and included works illustrating many techniques, from hand-colored mezzotints to prints on tinted paper. The exhibition was on view through October 6, 2004.

The third Master Class, "Reading Prints and Graphic Images 1740-1840," taught by Brian Maidment, was held at the Library in Farmington from May 17-21.

The Library continued its support of undergraduate music at Yale by sponsoring a concert featuring the first act of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, performed by the Opera Theatre of Yale College and the Saybrook College Orchestra at Battell Chapel, May 22.

April 2004:

The Lewis Walpole Library and Jonathan Edwards College jointly sponsored:

W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute, presented by the Opera Theatre of Yale College on April 2-3, 2004, at University Theater, 222 York Street

The Lewis Walpole Library Lecture was presented:

"'The Faithless Column and the Crumbling Bust': Alexander Pope and Sculptural Portraiture" by Malcolm Baker, Professorial Research Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Professor, Art History and The History of Collecting, University of Southern California
April 23, 2004, Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall

Recipients of Fellowships and Travel Grants were announced.

March 2004:

"Matrimony and Metaphor," a visual exploration of marriage as a pervasive theme in eighteenth-century graphic satire, was on view through March 8, 2004, in the Library's Side Hall.

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