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AdHoc Image and Text Database on the History of Christianity

Image Missionary sister with natives - "La Suora fra le catecumene" -

The AdHoc Image and Text Database on the History of Christianity is a faculty-library initiative at Yale Divinity School that provides digital resources for teaching and research related to the history of Christianity.

Images in the AdHoc database are a subset of the Yale Divinity Digital Image and Text Library. Some images in the AdHoc database are available only to the Yale community, due to copyright restrictions.

Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library

Avicenna's Canon of Medicine

AMEEL is a Web-based portal and a digital collection of information for the study of the Middle East, including its history, culture, development, and contemporary face. Within this portal, Yale University Library integrates existing scholarly digital content with newly digitized resources to make such materials easier to find and use efficiently and freely.

Arabic and Persian Medical Books and Manuscripts

A page image from Kitāb Kanz al-ḥukamāʼ wa-maṭlab al-aṭibbāʼ wa-al-ʻulamāʼ, [1612]

This digitized collection of selected volumes of medical books and manuscripts, dating from 1300 to 1921, is drawn from the Medical Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.  This collection reflects the Arabic and Persian intellectual efforts that translated, augmented, and transmitted Greek and Roman medical knowledge to Western societies during the Renaissance.  It includes iconic works by authors such as Avicenna and al-Razi.

Arts of the Book Collection

Postcard, genre letterpress works, black and white image

Collection of ephemera documenting the world of contemporary book arts. AOB received permission from the artists to make these images available to the public.

Avalon Project

Digital historical documents relevant to the fields of law, economics, politics, diplomacy and government on the World Wide Web. Currently contains, among other things, The debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, reported by James Madison, materials relating to the Nuremberg trials, works by Thomas Jefferson, and materials relating to diplomatic relations between the United States and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Digital Collections

Black and white carte-de-visite, woman with small bird,

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and books in the fields of literature, theology, history, and the natural sciences. The Beinecke houses outstanding special collections devoted to American literature, German literature, Western Americana, and British literary and historical manuscripts. The Beinecke Digital Collections database includes hundreds of thousands of digital reproductions of historical materials in its holdings.

Birren Collection of Books on Color

Sample page with color blocks.

Faber Birren (1900-1988) was a leading authority on the effects of color on humans as well as a dedicated collector of texts on color. The Birren Collection is particularly strong in color systems, color standards, and color nomenclature. Color theory, artists' manuals and treatises, and color techniques are also well represented. In addition, the collection has materials on vision, psychology, printing and the graphic arts, textiles, music, religion, biology, medicine, heraldry, and the occult and ranges from the 16th century to the contemporary.

China Christian Colleges and Universities Image Database

Group picture of FCU students of the Amoy Club, black and white photograph.

This database provides detailed description and more than 7,500 digital images of photographs and films held in the archives of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and the Lingnan University Board of Trustees, which are held at the Yale Divinity Library. The database is an important resource for the study of education, medical work, architecture, and society in China during the first half of the twentieth century.

Chinese Rare Books at Yale

Page image from 御製天元玉曆祥異賦 Yu zhi tian yuan yu li xiang yi fu 明末[1628-1644]蘭格抄本 Manuscript Between 1628-1644, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

The Chinese Rare Books at Yale database brings together information about Chinese rare books and manuscripts held primarily in East Asia Library Special Collections in SML and also in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The collection consists predominantly of printed works published before 1796. There are 439 works represented in the database and each record contains extensive bibliographic data and notes, an image of the first page of the text, and a link to the catalog record in Orbis, Yale’s online catalog.

Classics Department at Yale Digital Collection

Image of a Roman coin showing the head of Caligula

The Classics Collection comprises images from the teaching and research collections of the Classics Department. Some have kindly been provided by members of staff; others have been digitized from the collection that has been built up over the years by students and faculty of the Departments of Classics, History, and History of Art. The collection, which is in the process of development, ranges over the whole Mediterranean world.

Connecticut Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

1887 Insurance map of Naugatuck, Connecticut, showing L&W Ward Curtain and Screw Rings, and the Connecticut Rubber Mfg.

Over 6,500 maps in 470 atlases for Connecticut towns ranging from 1880 to 1970 at 1:600 scale.  These highly detailed maps provide building, outbuilding, and property footprints,  labeled streets, addresses, and information about building materials and construction features for urban and residential areas of Connecticut.

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Digital Collections

Poster about sexually transmitted diseases, showing a woman with cigarette and revealing clothes.

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Digital Library is a growing collection of digitized resources made available on the Web for scholarship. The Medical Digital Library Committee coordinates the library's digitization activities. Its goals include expanding access to the library's unique collections for scholarly research, and life-cycle management of digital objects. The collections are powered by Greenstone digital library software.

Day Missions Collection: Annual Reports

Cover image from annual report of Weihsien Station

This digitized collection of annual reports of Christian mission agencies and institutions is drawn from the Day Missions Collection of the Yale Divinity Library. The annual reports, dating primarily from the nineteenth century through the midtwentieth century, provide rare and valuable information about events and issues in urban and rural areas on all continents.

Day Missions Collection: Periodicals

Cover of Illustrated Christian World, December, 1896

This digitized collection of periodicals published by Christian mission agencies and worldwide religious organizations is drawn from the Day Missions Collection of the Yale Divinity Library. The periodicals, dating primarily from the nineteenth century through the mid‐twentieth century, provide documentation not only of the agencies and organizations' own activities in evangelization, education, and medical work, but also about the cultures in which they were active.

Divinity Library Photographs

Hand-colored lantern slide from collection of China missionary Rolland Welch

This collection consists of photographs from manuscript and archival collections held at the Divinity Library. Currently the photographs in this collection relate primarily to missions and world Christianity. They include the Divinity Library's contributions to the International Mission Photography Archive hosted by the University of Southern California, as well as photographs previously delivered by the Library's China Colleges and Universities Image Database. The photographs date from 1855 to 1978.

Economic Growth Center Digital Library

Cover page of Nigerian commodity report

A selection of Mexican state statistical abstracts and a selection of Nigerian commodity price statistics volumes from the Yale University Library’s Economic Growth Center Library Collection have been digitized and are available:  

  • Annual state statistical abstracts of Mexico, spanning the years 1994-2000 for all 31 Mexican states.
  • Annual data are available at the state and municipal level and cover a variety of social and economic indicators including education level, employment, agricultural and industrial production and service sector activity.

EIKON Image Database for Biblical Studies

Osiris was associated with mortuary affairs. This picture is a good prototypical depiction of how Osiris usually appeared in Egyptian iconography. He is often shown in wrappings like a mummy, carrying the crook and flail and donning the White Crown of Upper Egypt, as he is shown here.

The EIKON Image Database for Biblical Studies is a faculty-library initiative at Yale Divinity School that provides digital resources for teaching and research in the field of Biblical studies.

House Diaries

Edward Mandell House was born July 26, 1858 in Houston, Texas. He became active in Texas politics and served as an advisor to President Woodrow Wilson, particularly in the area of foreign affairs. One of America's greatest diplomats, he served as Wilson's chief negotiator in Europe (1917-1919) and as chief deputy for Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference. His major achievements were participating in the drafting of Wilson's Fourteen Points and the Covenant of the League of Nations; and securing an armistice based on American ideals. He died on March 28, 1938 in New York City.

Interviews with book artist Richard Minsky

First amendment Bill of Rights

Short interviews with book artist Richard Minsky about specific items in the Archive are available. Each interview sheds light on Minsky’s creative process and situates the artifacts in the Archive into the picture of his career. Recounted with Minsky’s characteristic humor, the interviews are entertaining as well as educational.

Lewis Walpole Library Digital Images

Satirical cartoon from the Lewis Walpole Collection

The collection of digital images represents a portion of the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections of eighteenth-century British prints, drawings, ephemera, and material related to the world in which Horace Walpole lived. Topics covered include politics, fashion, famous figures, notable places, society, daily life, trade, architecture, collecting, antiquities, the performing arts, fine and decorative arts, natural history, and more.

Manuscripts and Archives Archival Materials

Manuscripts and Archives houses more than 1700 collections of personal and family papers and organizational records, the Yale University Archives, Yale publications, and over 12,000 hours of video testimonies from Holocaust survivors, liberators, and witnesses in the Fortunoff Video Archive. The Yale Library digital repository contains reproductions of photographs, posters, drawings, text documents, and other materials from our holdings. These reproductions comprise only a small percentage of the department’s materials and should be seen as a starting point for research.

Manuscripts and Archives Digital Images Database (MADID)

Back cover of "May Day New Haven " sign quoting "By order of the Superior Court, there shall be no demonstrations, pickets, parades or the like in the courthouse 121 Elm Street New Haven, or within fivf [sic] hundred feet in any direction of the courthous.

The Manuscripts and Archives Digital Images Database (MADID) contains digital reproductions of photographs, posters, drawings, text documents, and other images taken from the research collections of Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. These images comprise only a small percentage of the department's holdings, being those requested by departmental patrons over the past several years.

Maurice Durand Han Nom Handwritten and Woodblock Manuscripts

Page from Tây Du Truyện (AB.81)

Original woodblock or brush ink texts and translations of Han Nom texts into modern Romanized Vietnamese collected by Maurice Durand, a prominent Vietnamese/French scholar of Han Nom from the mid-20th century. Han Nom script uses classical Chinese characters to represent Sino-Vietnamese vocabulary and some native Vietnamese words, while other words are represented using locally created characters based on the Chinese model.

Music Library Miscellaneous Letters and Documents

Handwritten letter from Joseph Hayden

This collection is composed of fifty-eight digitized letters from composers and musical performers which are part of the collection of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library. This collection is an exceptional treasure of musicological and historical artifacts. The collection is composed of over nine hundred unique letters from composers and musical performers, acquired by the Gilmore Music Library through purchase and gift.

Music Theory Treatises

Title page from Choral System

A collection of late 18th-century and 19th-century treatises in music theory. These materials focus on important late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century writings in music theory (tonality, harmony, counterpoint, rhythmic theory, form, pedagogy of musical composition) and musical aesthetics. Authors such as Albrechtsberger, Cherubini,  Czerny, Fetis, Lussy, Marx, Reicha, Riemann, Vogler, and more are represented. 

Persian Philological Texts

The book of Omar and Rubáiyát

The South Asia Collection at Yale began in earnest in the 1840s after Prof. Edward Salisbury began teaching Sanskrit and consequently endowed the Edward E. Salisbury Professorship of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology. Through the Arcadia grant, the South Asia Collection at Yale University is expanding its digital presence. Twenty Persian philology books, some of which were signed by Salisbury himself, were cataloged, preserved, and digitized.

School of Drama Photographs, 1927-2001

image of Measure for Measure poster

This digitized collection of selected photographs and posters documenting productions at the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre, 1927-2001, is drawn from the larger collection of Yale School of Drama Photographs and Posters, RU 397, housed in Manuscripts and Archives.

The Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Parts II and III

Collage of images of Dr. Henry A. Kissinger highlighting his career

Collection Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, memoranda, writings, speeches, photographs and other material that document the career of the diplomat, author and foreign policy expert and scholar Henry A. Kissinger.  Dr. Kissinger served as United States secretary of state from 1973 to 1977 and as assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security advisor) from 1969 to 1975.

The New England Indian Papers Series

The New England Indian Papers Series is a scholarly critical edition of New England Native American primary source materials gathered into one robust virtual collection. It offers students, educators, researchers, Native communities, and the general public, visual and intellectual access to significant historical knowledge for the purposes of teaching, scholarly analysis, and research.

Visual Resources Collection

New York: Financial District, Topographic Views (New York City, NY) : Skyline of the New York Financial District, west side, from New York Harbor, with Battery Park in the foreground from Archivision

The Yale Visual Resources Collection (VRC) manages collections of images related to global art, architecture and material culture to support teaching and research in the Arts and Humanities.  The VRC digital image collection contains more than 370,000 items.

Yale Daily News Historical Archive

Yale Daily News November 4, 1968. Front page showing an image from the Vladimer Horowitz concert. The headline is about

Yale Daily News, founded on January 28, 1878, is the oldest college daily newspaper published in the United States.  The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized versions of printed issues of the Yale Daily News, the student newspaper of Yale University. The full text of these issues is indexed and searchable through the web interface.

Yale Silk Road

Relief from a Cave Temple, Maijishan Caves

The Silk Road, as an interconnected web of trade routes linking the ancient societies of Asia with those of the Subcontinent and the Near East, has contributed to the development of most of the world's great civilizations. The Yale Silk Road Database presents over 11,000 images of major sites in the Silk Road region taken during faculty site seminars led by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Professor, History of Art) under the auspices of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University in the summers of 2006-2010.