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    • Thomas Patch, The Golden Asses


As of May 16, 2022, Yale University Library special collections reading rooms are open to all researchers who are fully vaccinated and boosted, when eligible. 

Non-Yale researchers are required to register in the Yale Library special collections system, complete the University vaccine attestation process in advance of their visit, and show a copy of their approval email for admission to the library on the day of their visit. 

In addition, international researchers arriving from overseas must also adhere to the Yale travel requirements for visitors from other countries (SEE U.S. Restrictions and Requirements for International Travel under the Yale Covid 19 Travel Policy https://covid19.yale.edu/travel-policy)

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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.

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The  Library is delighted to announce the resumption of its Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants Program following a one-year suspension due to the Covid pandemic.

The deadline for submitting applications was Monday, January 9, 2023

The 2023-24 fellowship year will run June 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024.

For more information about the program, please see our Fellowships page. 



February 13, 2023
Postponed: Date tba - 10:30 am - 3:00 pm The Lewis Walpole Library is pleased to host a collections-based seminar for graduate students around the exhibition Knight Errant of...
scene of a West Indies marketplace in 1806
December 20, 2022
The recently launched Scholars’ Progress blog has a new post. Teanu Reid, PhD candidate in the African American Studies & History Departments at Yale, writes on “Coast to...
frontis and title page. Frontis depicts a man kneeling in front of a window with a spinning wheel behind him
October 17, 2022
Dr. Andrew Rudd, Senior Lecturer, English Department, University of Exeter 28 October 2022, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time Eighteenth-century England witnessed a remarkable...