March 14 - August 14, 2022
The inaugural exhibition in Sterling Library’s new Hanke Exhibition Gallery—Points of Contact, Points of View: Asking Questions in Yale Library Special Collections—features more than 60 unique documents, books, objects, and images, curated and displayed so visitors can experience firsthand how primary sources inspire inquiry, learning, and the creation of new knowledge.
The exhibition centers around the idea of asking questions—the foundation of research—as a way to gain insight into Yale Library’s outstanding collections and into the scholarly practices that lead to new discoveries.
The varied objects on display, selected with advice from dozens of library staff, include a seventeenth-century Arabic manuscript about the Nile River; a Korean atlas of the Chosŏn Dynasty; the original music and manuscript of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”; a sampler stitched by Kezia Stiles, daughter of Ezra Stiles; and some of Noah Webster’s handwritten notes for dictionary entries. The exhibition also includes related images and audiovisual collection materials that are on view in cases outside the Gilmore Music Library.
The Hanke Exhibition Gallery was specifically designed and built for optimal display of unique, fragile, and rare primary-source materials from Yale’s diverse collections. The gallery’s construction was made possible by the vision and generosity of Lynn Hanke, a member of the University Library Council, and her husband, Robert Hanke ’60.