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Lewis Walpole Library Fellows' Guide: Home

Information about Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants at the Lewis Walpole Library

Fellows' Guide

This guide is intended to provide useful information for scholars taking up a 4-week Fellowship or 2-week Travel Grant at the Lewis Walpole Library (LWL). For this guide, all Fellows and Travel Grants will be referred to as Visiting Scholars. As a Visiting Scholar recipient at the LWL, you will have the opportunity to spend an extended period immersed in the world of Britain in the long eighteenth-century at "Yale in Farmington." The Library's unique setting, on a fourteen-acre campus situated on scenic Main Street in the historic district of the beautiful town of Farmington, Connecticut, and removed from the main university campus by some 41 miles (approximately 66 kilometers), provides space and resources for focused study in peaceful surroundings. Founded and bequeathed to Yale by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and his wife Annie Burr Lewis, the Lewis Walpole Library is part of the Yale University Library with rich collections of primary and secondary sources that are continually added to and made discoverable and useable by LWL staff. 

This guide is designed to aid you throughout your visit from the time you accept your award through your departure from the Library. 

IMPORTANT Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship update - Spring 2022

Currently, all visiting Fellows will be required to attest to being fully vaccinated and boosted with vaccines that have been approved by Yale. You must complete Yale’s online Vaccination and Booster Attestation form.  Your attestation must be approved by the Lewis Walpole Library’s Health and Safety officer, Tom Charette, before other steps can be taken to prepare for your visit.

If you anticipate coming between mid-April and the end of August, please complete the attestation form as soon as possible. If you do not plan to visit before September 2022, there is no need to complete the form just yet, but we would appreciate an e-mail informing us of when you think you might come.
When completing the online attestation form, be sure to:

  • Select the visitor category of “long-term visitor” (This is important, as it prompts later elements of the online form.) 

  • Enter the proposed dates of your visit.

  • Enter the following reason for your visit: “As a Lewis Walpole Library Fellow, to conduct research at the Lewis Walpole Library

  • Be prepared to upload copies of your proof of vaccination to the site. 

  • Enter Tom Charette's email ( as the person to be notified of your attestation application.  

Once Tom has reviewed your attestation, he will send you an email confirming your eligibility to come to the Library. We also will send additional information you will need to plan for your travel and residency in Farmington.  If you have questions about the attestation form or process, please contact Tom Charette directly (
One last caution: do not pay for travel bookings before you have received confirmation from us of your approved vaccination / booster attestation, and specific dates for your residency.  
We are delighted by the prospect of finally welcoming you in person to the Lewis Walpole Library. 

For your information, beginning April 11, all Yale special collections reading rooms reopened to non-Yale researchers who are fully vaccinated and boosted and have not traveled outside the U.S. within the prior 15 days.

As a Fellow, you will be able to visit any of these reading rooms on campus in New Haven and use their collections.

You will be required to show the approval email from Tom for admission to the library on the day of your visit. You should carry a printed copy of the email with you at all times while using the library in Farmington or New Haven.

Please email with any questions.

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The Lewis Walpole Library

Lewis Walpole Library from Main Street in autumn

The Lewis Walpole Library



Reading Room

Reading Room



The "New Library"

(coffee at 10:30 am on Fridays)



The staff of the Lewis Walpole Library look forward to your visit to the Library. We are here to assist you and help you find and use collection materials at the LWL to enable you to get the most out of your stay possible. Please do not hesitate to ask us questions and let us know how we can help you. 

Who we are

You will have the opportunity to meet all of the Library staff, but here are some of the members of the LWL staff with whom you will interact most often, most of whom have collections expertise:


Headshot portrait of Nicole Bouché

Nicole Bouché

W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
(860) 677-2140  ext. 222


headshot of woman with grey and brown wavy hair, wearing a black shirt with pink cardigan

Susan Walker

Head of Public Services
(860) 677-2140 

 headshot portrait of Kristen McDonald

Kristen McDonald

Library Assistant, Public Services
(860) 677-2140  ext 240/249

Scott Poglitsch

Catalog Assistant
(860) 677-2140  ext 246 

Tom Charette

Manager, Building Operations and Facilities
(860) 752-7502


Michelle Privée

Senior Administrative Assistant
(860) 677-2140 ext 234

portrait of Ellen Cordes leaning against card catalog drawers

Ellen Cordes

Head of Technical Services

(860) 677 2140 ext 236

Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings

Cynthia Roman

Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings
(860) 677 2140 ext 233



Jason Lomnicky

Jason Lomnicky

Building Operations Assistant
(860) 677-2140 ext. 230

For a full list of Lewis Walpole Library Staff and contact information click or tap here





Award recipients



2019-2020 2020-2021
Janine Barchas Hillary Burlock
Esther Brot Katherine Charles
Katherine Calvin Mita Choudhury
Sara Crouch Daniel Froid
Corey Goergen Monica Hahn
Sören Hammerschmidt Sarah Hancock
Bradford Mudge Yuko Ito
  Emrys Jones
  Ziona Kocher
  Thomas Leonard-Roy
  John Munns
  Giorgina Paiella
  Robert Phiddian
  Matthew Potter
  Edwin Rose
  Tess Somervell
  Alexis Wolf
Travel Grants:  
Bénédicte Miyamoto Tymon Adamczewski
  Carmen Casaliggi
  Daniel Cook
  Laura Engel
  Kaitlin Pontzer