Online Exhibits@Yale

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"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"

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The song “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” written by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson at the turn of the twentieth century, is often known today as the Black National Anthem and is sung in schools, churches, and civic settings throughout the United States. This exhibit offers a look at the creation of the song, and at the lives and careers of the brothers who created it, through primary sources held in the Yale University Library. It was put together in collaboration with Edgewood Magnet School in New Haven, Connecticut, a kindergarten through eighth grade school with a special... Read more

Treasures of Guitar and Lute Music from the Gilmore Music Library

The Gilmore Music Library holds many remarkable scores, books, and images of guitar and lute music. Ourexhibit,Treasures of Guitar and Lute Music from the Gilmore Music Library, features a display of manuscripts, books, scores, and images, ranging from a lute treatise by Vincenzo Galilei (father of the scientist Galileo Galilei) to a guitar arrangement by Andrés Segovia, the most celebrated classical guitarist of the 20th century.

Making the Medieval English Manuscript: The Takamiya Collection at the Beinecke Library
Toshiyuki Takamiya, Professor Emeritus of English literature at Keio University in Tokyo and renowned book collector, began his love for western European medieval manuscripts during a visit to the Yushodo Bookshop in Tokyo in 1970. He was captivated by the physical qualities of western books and remembers admiring their heavy leather bindings, which were wholly unlike the lighter materials and delicate stitching used for Japanese books and scrolls. From the outset, Professor Takamiya possessed a talent for spotting remarkable manuscripts decades before the market did. He collected Middle... Read more

The Play's the Thing: 50 Years of Yale Repertory Theatre
In 1966, Robert Brustein (DRA ’51), Dean of Yale School of Drama, founded Yale Repertory Theatre, a resident professional company that would serve as the equivalent of a “teaching hospital” for theater artists in training. From the beginning, the company has focused on championing new plays alongside productions of classic works. Fifty years later, after winning a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater and launching numerous world premieres that have gone on to Broadway and theaters around the world, Yale Rep continues to nurture and challenge daring artists, bold choices, and... Read more

Musical Roots of the Elm City

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Musical Roots of the Elm City highlights New Haven music and musicians with little or no connection to Yale. It features a selection of items from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including sheet music, programs, advertisements, and pedagogical materials, encompassing classical, military, sacred, jazz, popular, and film music.

Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole

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This online resource complements the exhibition,Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain's Empire in the Age of Horace Walpoleat the Lewis Walpole Library by highlighting archival resources in the library’s collections relevant to an immense range of topics relating to Britain and her Empire in the eighteenth century. It includes images of the manuscripts, rare books, pamphlets, and prints featured in the exhibit together with label texts and essays written by the curators of the physical exhibition. In addition, in effort to bring greater awareness to the library’s rich research... Read more

“Tomorrow’s Overture is Always Best”: The Music of Kay Swift

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“Tomorrow’s overture is always best, no codas for me—I’m a no-stalgia gal.” —Kay Swift, 1975 Reflecting on her lack of "no-stalgia" at age 78, composer Kay Swift (1897–1993) aptly summarized a long and prolific career in music. In addition to being the first woman to compose the complete score of a successful Broadway musical (Fine and Dandy—1930), Swift wrote music for one of George Balanchine’s first American ballets (Alma Mater—1934), served as a staff composer at Radio City Music Hall, and continued to compose works for stage, screen, and concert hall through to her... Read more

A Riff on Ruff: Yale’s Jazz Ambassador to the World

Since June 2016, the Gilmore Music Library has been undergoing renovations, and our exhibit program has been on hold. With the inaugural exhibit in our brand-new display cases, we are delighted to honor the 85th birthday of Prof. Willie Ruff of the Yale School of Music. A world-class musician on two instruments (horn and bass), a multifaceted researcher, a well-connected impresario, and polyglot world traveler; a Yale alumnus and professor; and a long-time friend of the library, Ruff is truly one of a kind. The exhibit features a variety of items, including photographs, sound recordings,... Read more

Not Reading in Early Modern England

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We think of skimming, scanning, and study aids as the particular intellectual malaise of the internet age, but early modern commentators also worried that tools to faciliate discontinuous reading might enable unacceptable laziness and failures of readerly attention. John Milton complained in 1644 of clergymen who composed sermons with the “infinit helps of interlinearies, breviaries, synopses, and other loitering gear.” Cribs and commonplace books, wrote John Selden in 1618, are "excellent instruments for the advancement of Ignorance and Lazinesse." Others were concerned that people... Read more

Medicine in World War I

In commemoration of the centennial of America's entry into World War I in April 1917 through to the Armistice in November 1918, partner institutions contributing to the Medical HeritageLibrary have developed this collaborative online exhibit on medicine, surgery, and nursing in the war, with texts and images drawn fromthe digital corpus of the MHL. A significant amount of professional medical and surgical literature was produced even as the conflict continued to rage, and many personal narratives of physicians and nurses and histories of hospitals and army medical units were also published in... Read more