• Reading Room Summer 2021
    • Thomas Patch, The Golden Asses


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.

At the library....

The Lewis Walpole Library reading room is again able to welcome Yale students, faculty, and staff who have been approved for return to campus.  A reservation is required 48 hours in advance.

photograph portrait of Annie Burr Lewis“Annie Burr Lewis’s Legacy of Philanthropy and Service in Farmington and Beyond”

by Susan Odell Walker, Head of Public Services.

Presented in collaboration with Farmington Libraries

Online (virtual) talk 1 December 2021 6:30 pm   *This is a virtual talk to be held on Zoom

Advance registration required

Sue Walker of the Lewis Walpole Library will deliver a talk on Annie Burr Lewis and her contributions to organizations involved in education, historic preservation, and nursing, in Farmington, at Yale University, and beyond. Drawing upon archival collections at the Lewis Walpole Library, the current online exhibition “Doing Good by Stealth: The Philanthropy and Service of Annie Burr Lewis” and this talk explore the enduring impact of her legacy more than sixty years after her death.


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In January 2019, Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, launched a series of programs highlighting the Library’s holdings of eighteenth-century...
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After three years as a Catalog Assistant, Eileen Horansky has left the Lewis Walpole Library in August 2021 to pursue a PhD in English literature at The Ohio State University...