African American Studies at Beinecke Library

Alexander Lmanian Photographs

Posted in African American Studies at Yale, announcements, Beinecke Collections, Research Resources by beineckepoetry on February 26, 2011

The Beinecke Library’s collection of photographs by Alexander Lmanian (1925-1996) is now available in the Beinecke’s Digital Library. Lmanian’s photographs of Washington, D.C., document the physical impact of riots on the city following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4-8, 1968, as well as events and memorials in the city and vicinity, 1967-1968.

Lmanian was a sergeant in the United States Army in World War II, and a part-time photographer for the New Haven Register newspaper and the Associated Press. Photographs in the collection document locations and events in Washington, District of Columbia, and its vicinity, 1964-1968, as well as New Haven, Connecticut, 1968-1969. Images of New Haven document locations in the city, including overhead views of the New Haven Green, the intersection of Chapel Street and College Street, and Yale University. Many images show the interior of his room, including his model airplanes, copy photographs of his calendar, and self-portraits. Other images include figure and nude studies. Images are available online in the Beinecke’s the Digital Collections: Alexander Lmanian Collection Image Guide . A detailed description of the collection can be found online: Alexander Lmanian Photographs, GEN MSS 590.

Psyche & Muse Penny Theater

Posted in African American Studies at Yale, announcements, Beinecke Collections, Exhibitions by beineckepoetry on February 14, 2011

The Beinecke Library is pleased to announce an iPad installation of film clips highlighting writers, artists, and works featured in the current exhibition Psyche & Muse: Creative Entanglements with the Science of the Soul. Located on the ground floor of the Library, the installation includes archive materials from the Beinecke collections such as: home movie footage of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas from the Stein-Toklas Papers; Richard Wright screen tests for the role of Bigger in Native Son from the Richard Wright Papers; and a recently discovered silent film, Monkey’s Moon, produced in 1929 by Pool Films, the film production company of writers Kenneth Macpherson, Bryher, and poet H. D. (Hilda Doolittle).

Addition film clips include Freud family home movies from the Library of Congress and an interview with C. G. Jung. Examples of exhibition-related popular films are also included, such as the 1962 film of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night and the film version of Moss Hart’s musical about psychoanalysis, Lady in the Dark, starring Ginger Rogers.

Audio clips related to writers and works featured in Psyche & Muse can be accessed via cell phone. To hear the following brief audio files, dial 203.672.4380 followed by the designated number:

F. Scott Fitzgerald reading John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale” (1:45 minutes). Press 21 #

F. Scott Fitzgerald reading from John Masefield’s “On Growing Old” (ca. 1 minute). Press 23 #

F. Scott Fitzgerald reading from William Shakespeare’s Othello (2:45 minutes). Press 22 #

Sigmund Freud, BBC Interview, 1938 (ca. 2:00 minutes). Press 18 #

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), reading from, Helen in Egypt (1:25 minutes). Press 20 #

Eugene O’Neill, reading from Long Day’s Journey into Night (0:25 seconds). Press 17 #

Jack Spicer, reading “Psychoanalysis, an Elegy” (2:50 minutes). Press 19 #

Gertrude Stein, reading from The Making of Americans (ca. 5:30 minutes). Press 24 #

Excerpt from The Theatre Guild on Air production of Lady in the Dark, by Moss Hart, adapted for radio by Philip Lewis, 1947. Press 25 #