Gertrude Stein Home Movie

A home movie (originally captured on 16mm film) taken by Julian Stein of Gertrude Stein’s oldest brother Michael Stein’s home, designed by Le Corbusier, in Garches, France followed by scenes of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas at the Hotel Pernollet in Belley, France.

Visit our website to learn more about this home movie or to explore the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers online.

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New Librarian of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Announced on December 20, 2010 by Richard Levin in an email to the Yale community (excerpted below):

It is with great pleasure that I write to announce the appointment of Edwin C. Schroeder as Librarian of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Associate University Librarian.

Known to all as E.C., Mr. Schroeder came to Yale in 1989 to work with the Rare Book Team as a catalog librarian at Sterling Memorial Library, and since then has held positions of increasing responsibility at the Beinecke Library.  He brings an impressive breadth of rare book and managerial experience to his new position.  E.C. earned a BA in History at the College of the Holy Cross in 1988 and an MS in Library Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1989.  Since June 2004, E.C. has been Head of Technical Services for the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, where, working closely with curators and the Beinecke Librarian, he has set priorities and managed acquisition, cataloguing, conservation, archival processing, and digital projects for the Library.

Through E.C.’s work with staff across the Beinecke, changes in cataloguing have expanded access to the collections, and publicity and improved digital access have increased where and how scholars learn about the renowned collections found at the Library.  Just two of the many ways E.C.’s leadership has augmented the role and reputation of the Beinecke include collaborating with the University Library to enhance the cataloguing of the Beinecke’s outstanding collections of Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese manuscripts, and increasing collaborations with national and international library consortia that have made the Beinecke’s collections more well known internationally.  In addition, E.C. has overseen efforts that have dramatically improved digital access to the Library’s collections and enabled the opening of two new off-site processing facilities, which have greatly improved productivity.

E.C. is active in a number of professional library organizations, and he has held numerous leadership positions, including chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.  He is also a member of the ACRL budget and finance committee, the American Library Association’s representative to the Rare Book & Manuscript Section of the International Federation of Library Associations, and Yale’s liaison to the Consortium of European Research Libraries.  At Yale, his committee work ranges from chairing the University Library Travel Committee and the Map Cataloguing Planning Group to serving on the Adrian Van Sinderen Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize Committee.

Colleagues have praised E.C.’s intimate knowledge of both the collections and the workings of the Beinecke, his technological savvy, and his thoughtful administrative style. The Beinecke will continue to concentrate on its core responsibilities of acquiring, describing, preserving, and providing access to world-renowned collections, as well as expanding efforts to digitize the collections.  As Beinecke Librarian, E.C. looks forward to building on Frank Turner’s accomplishments and to working closely with colleagues in the Beinecke and across the University to expand ways in which students and scholars at Yale and from around the world use the collections to improve scholarship.

In a field that included outstanding internal candidates, several of whom are respected senior scholars, E.C. was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee.  Special thanks go to committee chair Pericles Lewis for his indefatigable work and steady counsel throughout the process. I am deeply grateful for the effort and advice of the others who served on the committee: Rolena Adorno, Meg Bellinger, John Mack Faragher, Paul Freedman, Brian Lizotte, Joseph Manning, R. Kenny Marone, Douglas Rae, Holly Rushmeier, Lloyd Suttle, and Christine Weideman.

We look forward to sustaining the unique excellence of the Beinecke, and I know you will all join me in welcoming E.C. Schroeder to his new position as Librarian of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Associate University Librarian.

Sincerely yours,

Richard C. Levin

And reported in an online exclusive by the Yale Daily News. Join us in welcoming E.C. Schroeder.

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God Save the King: Music from the British Royal Court, 1770 – 1837

A new exhibition and a new exhibition blog! Visit God Save the King: Music from the British Royal Court, 1770 – 1837 online and in-person, if you can. We would love to see you. For more events around this exhibition please visit our calendar.

Campagnoli, Bartolomeo. Nouvelle méthode. “Tab. II”

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American Indian Portrait Album

This album of 616 photographs, assembled in 1876 from images in the collection of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, consists primarily of portraiture of male delegates to the United States with occasional images of women and children. The images were created for ethnographic portfolios of the Blackmore Museum, Salisbury, England. A few images show individuals with mixed descent and interpreters as well as an image of a seated Dakota Indian, Red Cloud (Ma-Kpe-Ah-Lou-Tah), shaking hands with William Blackmore, May 1872.


Portraits represent various tribal groups, including, among many others, the Apache Indians, Arapaho Indians, Arikara Indians, Bannock Indians, Cherokee Indians, Cheyenne Indians, , Oglala Indians, Ojibwa Indians, Omaha Indians, Oohenonpa Indians, Santee Indians, Seminole Indians, Tohono O’odham Indians, Ute Indians, Wichita Indians, and Yuma Indians.

Find the entire photograph album online and learn more on our website.

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Alfred Stieglitz Autochromes

Photographer/publisher/gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) played an instrumental role in promoting photography as a fine art through his journal Camera Work and his gallery “Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession,” later renamed 291.

Flora Stieglitz Straus

Flora Stieglitz Strauss

In 1907, Stieglitz traveled to Europe where he was introduced to the newly marketed Autochrome Lumière color photography process. Originally patented in France in 1903, the autochrome process received a U.S. patent in 1906.

Likely in 1910 at Oaklawn, the family home in Lake George, Stieglitz experimented with the Autochrome process. Included online, among others, are portraits of Stieglitz and his family, the painter Dorothy Obermayer Schubart, Stieglitz’s business associate Joe Obermeyer, Stieglitz’s niece Flora Stieglitz Straus and copy prints of paintings by Katharine N. Rhoades and Marion H. Beckett. Originally attributed to Stieglitz, some may be the work of Edward Steichen or Frank Eugene. These digitized glass plate photographs are part of the Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O’Keeffe archive. Currently, only portions of these papers are available online.

View the complete collection of Autochromes online and explore the full archive in the Yale Finding Aid Database.

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Richard Henry Pratt papers

Sioux girls as they appeared on their arrival at Carlisle barracks on the 5th of October 1879

Richard Henry Pratt devoted his life to public service, beginning as a soldier in the Civil War and later fighting Indians on the frontier. It was on the frontier that Pratt came in contact with the American Indian and began developing the theories that were to guide him throughout his life.

It was Pratt’s belief that the American Indian, although leading a savage and uncivilized life, was fully capable of being educated and absorbed into American society. Pratt gained support for this view when he commanded a group of seventy-two Indian prisoners at St. Augustine, Florida, in 1875. Through education and humane treatment, Pratt believed that even the most “savage” of Indians might become educated and law abiding citizens.

Browse a selection of photographs and artwork from the Pratt papers at our website and learn more about the full contents of this archive in the Yale Finding Aid Database.

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Illustrations of American Indians

Browse 300 engravings, watercolors, and illustrations drawn from books, archival collections, and artwork from the Beinecke Library’s American and European collections.

Portrait of a half-breed Cree girl, 1859

From the earliest days of contact with the native peoples of North America, European artists made images illustrating their customs, dress and living spaces. Some of the drawings showed the natives as curious specimens from another world, with peculiar habits and clothing. Others emphasized their skill at hunting or their ferocity as warriors. While some images accompanied sensationalist accounts of Indian raids on white settlers, others attempted to expose cruelties that whites had inflicted on native peoples.

This selection of illustrations from books, maps and serials shows some of the variety of approaches that European and European-American artists took in depicting the Indians of North America, from the 16th to the 19th century. Some highlights include a Characteristick Chicasaw head, circa 1775, an Aleut couple, circa 1822,  and a bison chase, by George Catlin, circa 1845-65.

See more at our website.

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Early American Maps

Browse a selection of 100 early American maps ranging from Illinois, circa 1822, Indian “localities” circa 1833, and a Map of the northern, or, New England states of America, circa 1795.

Map of the countrey of the Five Nations belonging to the province of New York and of the lakes near which the nations of far Indians live with part of Canada, circa 1724

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Tibet Mirror online archive

volume 2, no. 5

The Tibet Mirror (Yul phyogs so so’i gsar ‘gyur me long), Tibet’s first native language newspaper, began in October 1925 in Kalimpong, India. It chronicled dramatic social and political transformations in Tibet, India, and in the broader region.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, in collaboration with Yale University Library’s East Asia Library and Columbia University’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library digitized Yale’s complete holdings of the Tibet Mirror comprised of 71 issues and over 1,200 pages, ranging between the years 1927-1963.

To learn more, and to search the newspaper archive, visit the Tibetan Mirror at the Beinecke Library.

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Bryher Papers

Bryher (1894-1983) was a British author best known for her historical novels, including The Fourteenth of October (1952) and Coin of Carthage (1962), and her autobiographical writings. She also established “Close-Up” (1927-33), the first periodical devoted to film. Born Winifred Ellerman, she married Robert MacAlmon in 1919. They divorced in 1927, and in that year she married Kenneth MacPherson. Beginning in 1918, she was the close friend of American poet H. D., whose daughter she adopted.

Read more about Bryher and access the description for this collection in Orbis, the Yale University Library’s online catalog.

Or access a selection of digital reproductions of photographs and documents from the Bryher Papers through the Beinecke Library’s Digital Images Database.

See related collections: the H.D. Collection and the Viola Baxter Jordan Papers

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