Lewis Walpole Library

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Coordinates: 41°42′57″N 72°50′12″W / 41.7157°N 72.8368°W / 41.7157; -72.8368 The Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, Connecticut, possesses important collections of 18th-century British literary remains, including an unrivalled quantity of Horace Walpole's papers and effects from his estate at Strawberry Hill.[1]

The collections include 18th-century British books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, and paintings, as well as important examples of the decorative arts. They were gathered by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis (1895–1979, a graduate of Yale in 1918) and his wife Annie Burr Lewis (1902–1959) in a group of 18th-century buildings at Farmington. The Lewis Walpole Library was presented to Yale University, of whose Library it forms a department. Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis also left two volumes of memoirs, much of them relevant to the library: Collectors Progress (1946) and One Man's Education (1967).[1]

The Library offers residential fellowships and travel grants, along with exhibitions, lectures, seminars, and colloquia.[2]


  • The Age of Horace Walpole and Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis: an exhibit marking the fortieth jubilee of the Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence and the fiftieth of the Lewis Walpole Library at Farmington [at] the College Library and the Watkinson Library, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, October 29 through November 19, 1973.
  • The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole’s Correspondence (48 volumes)


  1. ^ a b Official Website of the Lewis Walpole Library
  2. ^ Yale University advertisement: London Review of Books, 8 March 2018, p. 45.