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 for Early Modern Books & Manuscripts and the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Library); Andrew Brown (Ph.D. candidate, Yale Department of English); and Eve Houghton (Yale ’17).

Information on the time and location of individual events can be found on the Program Schedule. During the 2016-2017 academic year, events will take place at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, located at 121 Wall St in New Haven, Connecticut.  Lectures take the form of a forty-five minute talk followed by a 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 Kathryn James (

Questions?  Please contact Andrew Brown ( 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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