Beinecke Library offers tours of “Road Show” Exhibition

  • black and white postcard of people in a bullfight arena
    Postcard from Ernest Hemingway to Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, July 13, 1924. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
November 9, 2021

The Beinecke Library is offering tours of  “Road Show: Travel Papers in American Literature” on selected Thursdays and Fridays this semester for students, faculty, and staff.

The exhibition celebrates the American love of travel and adventure by exploring the ways travel is recorded, marked, and documented in literary archives and American literature. The work and voyages of writers Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Bennett, Truman Capote, Annie Dillard, and many others are highlighted.

Yale students, staff, and faculty are welcome to view the show on weekdays during Beinecke Library opening hours. A Yale ID is required for entry to the library under the University’s current COVID-19 restrictions. Guided tours will be led by Yale students on Nov. 11, 12, 17 and 18, and on Dec. 3. See the tour schedule and register for a tour.

“Road Show” was organized by Nancy Kuhl, curator of poetry in the Yale Collection of American Literature, with the assistance of student curators Raffaella Donatich ’19; Isabelle Laurenzi, doctoral candidate in Political Science; and Rachel Kaufman ’19. It is accompanied by a companion exhibition, “Imaginary Voyages,” exploring voyages in children’s literature organized by Timothy Young, curator of modern books and manuscripts.

Read more about the exhibitions and see related online micro-exhibitions.