Deep inside Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies a 240 page tome. Recently carbon dated to around 1420, its pages feature looping handwriting and hand drawn images seemingly stolen from a dream. It is called the Voynich manuscript, and it’s one of history’s biggest unsolved mysteries. The reason why? No one can figure out what it says.
Inside the walls of Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library, it’s like having backstage passes to Coachella. Yale’s historical library isn’t open to the general public, and is only accessible to students and faculty. We in here!
Adjacent to Sterling Memorial is also the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which is one of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts. We weightlessly floated through several floors of endless resources, including authentic atlases and maps of historic times. Here are some shots from the archives.
My mini Library, got 400 unique books I collected and carefully hand picked over the years. Books both spiritual and occult. A lot of old books thrifted at Old Connecticut book sales. Even got an old awesome book that was owned by Scroll & Key members circa early 1900s. Amongst other many very old useful and timeless Ivy league books from Harvard, Yale, Oxford, etc.
Tsar Nicholas II and family pose with the Imperial Escort of Cossacks, 1916. Cossacks were first used as personal guards by Peter the Great in the 1690s in an attempt to diminish the role of the streltsy, the previous royal guards. After the Russian Revolution, the association of Cossacks with the royal family caused the Bolsheviks to attempt to eliminate them.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Gordon Bunshaft | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill | 1963
Yale University | New Haven | US
Bunshaft’s design of the Beinecke Library is a kind of a Russian nesting doll where the exterior architecture and spaces first establish a relationship between the building and the context, and then the interior architecture repeats the exterior condition in an abstracted way.
The Vermont marble panels set in the massive Vierendeel truss walls of the facades are a reference to the neo-classicist architecture of the campus. The translucent stone sheets protect the books from harmful direct sunlight while providing a subdued but spectacular lighting effect inside.