Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library opened in 1963 on the Campus of Yale University. It contains the rare books and literary manuscripts of Yale University and serves as a research center. According to the Beinecke, they one of the largest buildings in the world devoted to rare books and manuscripts. The building is a gift of Edwin J. Beinecke, Yale 1907, Frederick W. Beinecke, Yale 1909, and Walter Beinecke, Yale 1910.It's an interesting building and quite different from the neo-Gothic architecture associated with other Yale buildings. Beinecke is made from Vermont marble and granite, bronze and glass, designed by Gordon Bunshaft. The translucent marble panes are one and one-quarter inch thick. On permanent exhibition are the Gutenber Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type, and Audubon's 'Birds of America'. Other exhibits and lectures occur throughout the year.