Exhibitions

Exhibition News

A picture of fruit on a tree surrounded by Arabic calligraphy
June 30, 2021

More than 40 Yale librarians, archivists, and curators have pooled their expertise to select rare and unique objects from library collections for the new gallery’s inaugural exhibition.

Photo of Yale student Sarah Adams pointing to a sign post on the Shinetsu Trail in Japan
April 6, 2021

Online exhibitions curated by Yale students in English, environmental science, and architecture feature a wide range of primary sources and other resources from Yale University Library.

Architect's rendering of gallery space
April 1, 2021

Under the watchful gaze of Alma Mater, a section of the Sterling Memorial Library nave will be transformed into a museum-quality gallery that will showcase materials from Yale’s vast and diverse special collections. Construction began April 5 and will finish in about eight months.

Now on View

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, July 31, 2022 (All day)
Payroll records, photos, diaries and memoirs are just some of the primary sources featured in this online exhibition that presents a chronology of women’s presence at Yale by honoring women—named and unnamed—whose heroic efforts have enriched the university.
Monday, April 5, 2021 (All day) to Monday, January 31, 2022 (All day)
Curated by Emma Brodey ‘21, this exhibition brings together more than twenty versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from Yale’s collections—from early “original” editions to magazines and murder mysteries—to tell a visual story of how a book is changed by its publishers and by its readers.
Monday, April 5, 2021 (All day) to Monday, January 31, 2022 (All day)
Curated by Mariana Melin-Corcoran ‘20 and using materials from Manuscripts and Archives, this exhibition explores the original contributions and experiences of some of the female pioneers of the Yale Architecture program.
Monday, April 5, 2021 (All day) to Friday, December 31, 2021 (All day)
This exhibition explores how the concept of a “long trail” has traveled through the world and evolved in changing relationships to the environment. Curated by Sarah Adams ‘20, it was inspired by the curator’s experiences on the Appalachian Trail and her family’s personal connection to Katō Noriyoshi, one of the founders of the Shinetsu Trail.
Monday, March 1, 2021 (All day) to Thursday, December 1, 2022 (All day)
Exploring Edith Wharton’s career as both writer and designer, Julia Carabatsos ’20 focuses this exhibition on Wharton’s treatment of the drawing room, which provides a particularly rich context for understanding her elite New York City society at the turn of the twentieth century and the role of women within it.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (All day) to Monday, January 2, 2023 (All day)
This exhibition curated by Anabelle Gambert-Jouan shows objects from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century that reflect on the materiality of the Medical Historical Library’s collection.
Monday, January 11, 2021 (All day) to Tuesday, January 11, 2022 (All day)
The visits to Yale by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1959 and 1964) and Coretta Scott King (1969) are well documented in Yale Library’s Manuscripts and Archives. Many have been reproduced in this online exhibition.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, June 30, 2022 (All day)
Tens of thousands of cuneiform texts, monumental sculptures, and images on terracotta reliefs and cylinder seals cast light on the fates of women at the dawn of history, from queens to female slaves. They are displayed in this exhibition in the Yale Babylonian Collection in Sterling Library to those with a Yale-ID. Contact babylonian.collection@yale.edu for access details.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 (All day) to Friday, December 31, 2021 (All day)
The Cushing Center, located within the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, is an extensive permanent medical historical exhibition created from the personal papers and collections of Harvey Cushing, father of modern neurosurgery and an 1891 Yale graduate. It includes jars of century-old brain specimens used in his research as well as historical books and manuscripts, reproductions of artwork, and videos.