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The Lewis Walpole Library is a research center for eighteenth-century studies and an essential resource for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. Its collections include important holdings of eighteenth-century British prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, paintings, and decorative arts. Given to Yale by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis (1895-1979) and Annie Burr Lewis (1902-1959), the Lewis Walpole Library is located in Farmington, Connecticut, in several eighteenth-century buildings on a fourteen-acre campus. The Lewis Walpole Library is a department of Yale University Library and open to researchers.


This week at the library....

The library is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, Global Encounters and the Archives: Great Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole. A lively collaboration between the Lewis Walpole Library and Yale faculty and graduate students, this exhibition takes full advantage of the diverse range of archival resources and special collections held by the Library, including manuscripts, printed texts and graphic images in presenting conflicting visions of empire through the domains of political economy, diplomacy, slavery and indigenous peoples.

The exhibit is open every Wednesday from 2:00-4:30, no appointment needed. 

News

October 23, 2017
Greetings from the Lewis Walpole Library, where the new academic year is off to a busy start with a “Walpolooza” of programs celebrating the 300th anniversary of Horace...
October 23, 2017
To commemorate the 300th anniversary of Horace Walpole’s birth, the library has planned a series of events throughout the year. Birthday celebrations were held both at...
October 19, 2017
The library is excited to announce the launch of its first online exhibition. This online resource complements the current LWL exhibit, Global Encounters and the Archives:...