About the Exhibition:
Road Show was planned for installation during the summer months, the period during which the library typically welcomes the largest number of tourists and off-campus visitors. Summer shows typically aim towards accessibility, levity, and the inclusion of collection highlights.
A companion exhibition, Imaginary Voyages, was organized by Tim Young, Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts. The full text meant to accompany the in-person exhibitions is available here: Road Show exhibition text & Imaginary Voyages exhibition text. A list of to-be-exhibited objects with call numbers, links to online resources for Road Show, in-person exhibition case layout photos, and object galleries are available here: Road Show: Text, Object Lists, Layout Photos, Galleries & Imaginary Voyages: Text, Object Lists, Layout Photos, Galleries.
The exhibition is organized as a series of vignettes—each of the exhibition cases / case sections is devoted to a story, a theme, a work, a material format. Such a structure—which may call to mind travel-related words like “snapshot” or “postcard”—is, perhaps, more available to short visits and exhibition skimming than a comprehensive narrative, substantive chronology, or deep subject exploration.
A brief summary of the exhibition, including a small image gallery, was published on the Beinecke Library website in October 2019.
Micro Exhibition Tools
Access, Resources, Challenges:
The full text meant to accompany the in-person exhibitions is available here: Road Show exhibition text & Imaginary Voyages exhibition text. Object lists (with collection call numbers and relevant links) and in-person exhibition case layout photos are available here: Road Show object lists and case layout photos.
–Workshop participants will have authoring privileges to the Yale Collection of American Literature-James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection (YCAL-JWJ) Instagram and Twitter accounts and to the Road Show at Beinecke Library website;
–Case layout draft images are available for consultation;
–Some relevant images are available in the Beinecke Digital Library;
–Many relevant texts are available in YUL circulating and digital collections;
–Some relevant resources / comparable collections are available online from other libraries;
–Beinecke collection materials selected for inclusion in the exhibition cannot be consulted in the Library’s Reading Room.