The Yale Program in the History of the Book brings together scholars across disciplines to explore the materiality of the written word over time and across cultures.  A collaboration between Yale’s Department of English and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, it offers seminar meetings for the Yale community and a series of public lectures by speakers across the field of book history. We also host a symposium each fall.

The Program is organized by David Scott Kastan, Co-Chair (George M. Bodman Professor of English Literature, Yale Department of English); Kathryn James, Co-Chair (Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts & the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Library); and Aaron T. Pratt (Ph.D. candidate, Yale Department of English).

Information on the time and location of individual events can be found on the Program Schedule; events are usually located in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, at 121 Wall Street in New Haven, Connecticut.  Lectures take the form of a forty-five minute talk followed by brief Q&A, and each seminar meeting provides an opportunity for discussion centered on a pre-circulated paper. To be added to the Program list and receive seminar readings, please contact Aaron Pratt (

Questions?  Please contact Aaron T. Pratt ( or Kathryn James ( You can also find us on Twitter, where we post updates and sometimes live tweet our events: @yalebookhistory.

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    • Thanks for your interest. The lectures are open to the public, and are held at the Beinecke Library. The seminar is intended primarily for Yale faculty and graduate students, and is open to other Yale students as well.

      Kathryn James

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