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The Lewis Walpole Library
Research on Eighteenth-Century British Books, Manuscripts, Prints, Drawings, Paintings, and Decorative Arts

The Lewis Walpole Library

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University Library, is a research center for eighteenth-century studies. Located in Farmington’s historic district, the Library was given to Yale by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and Annie Burr Lewis. Its collections include significant holdings of eighteenth-century British books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, paintings, important examples of the decorative arts, and many materials relating to Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. The Library’s extensive collection of graphic satires and caricatures includes holdings of prints by William Hogarth that are unparalleled in the United States.

The Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support work in the collections. Scholars undertaking post-doctoral or equivalent research, and doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply. Recipients are expected to be in residence at the Library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research on the Lewis Walpole Library's collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art. Lewis Walpole Library fellowships, usually for one month, include the cost of travel to and from Farmington, accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library's campus, and a living allowance stipend. The Library's travel grants typically cover transportation costs for research trips of shorter duration and also include accommodation on site.

The Lewis Walpole Library
Nicole L. Bouché
W. S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
154 Main Street
Farmington, CT 06034

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1408
Farmington, CT 06034
Tel: (860) 677-2140
Fax: (860) 677-6369