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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.


At the library....

 The Lewis Walpole Library will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 22.


view of the library at Strawberry Hill

Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill - Open 7 days a week, from the 20 October 2018 until 24 February 2019 offering tours, group tours and private hire. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to this 5-star exhibition, before it closes on the 24 February, and the collection is dispersed once again. 

For the first time in 176 years, pieces from Horace Walpole’s collection return to Strawberry Hill house in Twickenham, along the banks of the Thames west of London, England. The LWL has hosted curators from Strawberry Hill as Fellows in Farmington to research Walpole’s collection and pick up where Lewis and LWL curators have left off on tracking down the lost and not-so-lost treasures with which Walpole filled his “little gothic villa” and which were dispersed at auction in 1842. Nearly 30 pieces of the LWL’s Walpoliana are now on loan to Strawberry Hill for four months. The LWL is proud to be associated with this exhibition which will be on view at Strawberry Hill house from 20 October 2018 through 24 February 2019. Visit the exhibit website. 


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News

November 12, 2018
As fall in New England envelopes the Lewis Walpole Library campus in a riot of seasonal color, a glorious transformation of quite another sort is unfolding at Strawberry Hill...
October 31, 2018
First discussed in 2015, Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill opened on Oct. 20. Years of planning and work went into creating an exhibition on this scale, spanning the globe...
October 31, 2018
Loans make up an important part of the Outreach program at the LWL. The Library loans collection materials in support of exhibitions at sister repositories at Yale as well as...