May 27, 2022

Video: An Archives Thanksgiving (at Yale University’s Beinecke Library)

From a Beinecke LibraryV ideo Description (via YouTube):

Happy Thanksgiving from the Beinecke Library! While food and beverages are strictly prohibited in the Beinecke Library’s reading room and classrooms, the library’s collections are full of objects, printed items, manuscripts, and other materials related to eating and drinking for readers to feast upon, even beyond the hundreds and hundreds of cookbooks from across many centuries in the stacks.

Beinecke staff showcased some of these delicious objects and other items from the archives recently as they set a special table with collections material in time for Thanksgiving.

The “guests” from the archives included Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Carl Van Vechten, Rudyard Kipling, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paloma Picasso, Cab Calloway, Jonathan Edwards, the Guerilla Girls, Toots Shor, Sara and Gerald Murphy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Claude McKay, Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, George Platt Lynes, and more.

Additional Resources

An Archives Thanksgiving Showcases Breadth of Materials Related to Food Culture in the Beinecke Library Collections
List of materials featured in the Beinecke Library showcases.

Beinecke’s ‘Archives Thanksgiving’ Offers Feast of Collection Materials (via YaleNews)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.