Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities Blog

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A blog for lovers of ephemera, Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities is dedicated to Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which houses the world’s largest collection of rare papers, manuscripts and books in the fields of literature, theology, history and the natural sciences. It’s easy to lose track of time while perusing these unusual traces of time, which include interesting bits of history such as New Year’s resolutions from 1904 or lottery tickets issued to support the Revolutionary War. The archive contains a wide range of unique oddities, including photos of antique artifacts, like Walt Whitman’s eyeglasses, publications that went to print that many of us may have never known about, like the promotional magazine for the Sex Pistols, and a love letter written by Georgia O’Keefe. No matter if you’re a history buff or a generally curious person you’re bound to find this site fascinating.

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In addition to general enjoyment, the blog is a valuable reference guide and helpful link to news and events happening at the Beinecke Library.

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