Library exhibitions on view at Sterling and Beinecke over Commencement weekend

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May 19, 2022

Over Commencement weekend, Sterling Memorial Library, Bass Library, and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library will be open to students and their guests, and several recently opened library exhibitions will be on view. Check library hours before visiting. The exhibitions are:

Points of Contact, Points of View: Asking Questions in Yale Library Special CollectionsSterling Memorial Library, Hanke Exhibition Gallery

More than 60 unique documents, books, objects, and images from across Yale Library special collections are curated and displayed in the Hanke Gallery (located at the far end of the Sterling nave) so visitors can experience firsthand how primary sources inspire inquiry, learning, and the creation of new knowledge. (On view through Aug. 14, 2022)

We are Everywhere: Lesbians in the ArchiveSterling Memorial Library, Wall Street Exhibition Corridor

Curated by Gabrielle Colangelo ’22 based on her senior essay in English, the exhibition explores the relationships between lesbians, archives, and lesbian objects in archives. Beginning in the archives of the Harlem Renaissance and ending in the archives of the AIDS crisis, the exhibition

draws on materials from across Yale Library special collections including the Lisbet Tellefsen papers at Beinecke Library and the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Collection in the Manuscripts and Archives department at Sterling Memorial Library. (On view through Sept. 30, 2022)

Brava! Women Make American TheaterBeinecke Library Exhibition Gallery

This exhibition uses archival materials to show how women in the United States engaged in the production and reception of text-based stage performance over its long history, and highlights how stage performance often mirrored, but also frequently challenged and changed, understandings of women’s roles and of women’s rights in larger U.S. society. The exhibition draws principally on materials from two Beinecke Library Collections: the Yale Collection of American Literature and the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters. (On view through July 3, 2022)

Yale Library visitors must be vaccinated and, if eligible, boosted. See Yale Library COVID-19 updates for details.

Image: Visitors view “Points of Contact, Points of View” in the new Hanke Exhibition Gallery. Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal