Bridging Paul Rudolph Hall and the Jeffrey H. Loria Center for the History of Art, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library provides collections and research services to the schools of Art, Architecture, and Drama, as well as the Department of the History of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. On-site, the library contains approximately 125,000 volumes, plus related rare and unique materials in the Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC). The circulating materials in Haas related to the visual arts have been carefully curated to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of the library’s constituency and include image-heavy, limited edition, and out-of-print books about art and architecture. The Haas drama collections provide primary support to the production design needs of the School of Drama.
In addition, more than 200,000 visual arts titles are available for delivery to Haas, or any other Yale library, from Yale’s Library Shelving Facility (LSF). An additional 100,000 visual arts titles are accessible at Sterling Memorial Library. To support further arts-related research, the Visual Resources Collection contains more than 370,000 digital images, and access to more than 500,000 35mm slides, lantern slides, and study photographs at LSF. Moreover, research materials pertaining to the study of art, architecture, book arts, and drama can be found in nearly all libraries and special collections at Yale. The librarians and staff at the Haas Family Arts Library work with researchers to discover and access arts-related materials across campus and beyond.
The Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC) are composed of materials from the former Art+Architecture and Drama libraries, as well as the Arts of the Book Collection. ALSC holdings include contemporary catalogues raisonnés, 18th- and 19th-century works on artists and architecture, a broad selection of fine press and artists’ books, rare research materials in support of these subject areas, and the Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color.
In addition, ALSC has manuscript and archival holdings in book arts, art history, and drama. Theatrical production is documented through photographs, production books, scrapbooks, and ephemera. The Yale Bookplate Collection contains ex-libris prints and process materials, such as original sketches, plates, and woodblocks. The Arts of the Book Collection maintains archives of Fritz Eichenberg, Fritz Kredel, Richard Minsky, Carl P. Rollins, and many smaller collections about the book arts.
ALSC showcases its collections on a regular basis in the William H. Wright Special Collections Exhibition Area on the lower level of the Haas Family Arts Library. ALSC exhibitions and related programs are free and open to the public.