Exhibitions and Publications
Two Hundred Years of Tracts
Religious tracts dating from the early 1800s to the present are featured in the display cases in the rotunda area. The exhibit begins with 19th century tracts published in Connecticut and China and concludes with the controversial tracts written and illustrated in comic book format by Jack T. Chick since the early 1960s. Tracts have been produced in many languages and have addressed theological and societal issues of their times, ranging from personal salvation to Sabbath observance, temperance, anti-Catholicism, and evolution. The display cases in the Day Missions Reading Room feature posters published by the Religious Tract Society for China, from the Library's Missionary Ephemera Collection.
Online Versions of Past Exhibits
Much of what the American and European public learned about world religions during the 19th and early 20th centuries came from writings and images supplied by missionaries working overseas. This exhibit in the rotunda area features images, writings, and artifacts from the Divinity Library’s Day Missions Collection that provide a glimpse of how religious practices were portrayed.
- An Ecumenical Community of Students: Archival Documentation of the Worldwide Student Christian Movement
The Yale Divinity Library is the epicenter of the universe for archival documentation of ecumenical student Christian movements. It holds historical records of more than fifteen organizations that were student Christian movements or support agencies for the movements, dating from the 1880s to the present, as well as personal papers of various leaders of the movements. This exhibit traces the history of development of student Christian movements in the United States and worldwide, illustrating the various stages with archival documentation.
- Spreading the Word: A Selection of Missionary Posters, Games, and Ephemera from the Day Missions Collection
- Yale Divinity School Milestones 1822-2012
2012 marks the 190th anniversary of the establishment of the Yale Divinity School in 1822, as well as the 80th anniversary of the Divinity School's move to its present campus at 409 Prospect Street. This exhibit documents some of the early faculty members of the Divinity School, its first campus in central New Haven and the development of the new campus, and the deans who have served the School over the decades.
This exhibit features materials from the archives of the United Mission to Nepal, the International Nepal Fellowship, and the Nepal Church History Project . These collections, received by the Divinity Library in 2008, document the opening of Nepal to Christian organizations in the early 1950s and their programs in the areas of health services, education, rural development, and industrial development.
Milestones and recollections of women at Yale Divinity School, an exhibit from 2010.
This exhibit commemorating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth focuses on Christian responses to Darwin shortly after the publication of The Origin of Species.
The images provided by missionary postcards provide a glimpse into the Christian missionary enterprise and its impact on society. They illustrate the customs, methods, and technology disseminated by the missionaries, provide depictions of indigenous life, and shed light on the culture of the missionary enterprise in the early 20th century.
Excerpts from an exhibit at the Yale Divinity School Library held January 18-March 30, 2000.
Photographs and documents from the collections of the Yale Divinity School Library that illustrate the impact of the Boxer Rebellion on the missionary movement in China.
Excerpts from an exhibit at the Yale Divinity School Library held September 15, 1999 - January 15, 2000.
- No. 23: “For the Healing of the Nations": Religious Visions, Subterranean Universes, and Cross-Cultural Encounters by J Nelson Jennings
- No. 22:The Other Side of the Jordan: Yale Divinity Library Ten-Year Report by Paul F. Stuehrenberg
- No. 21: From "the poor heathen" to "the glory and honour of all nations": Vocabularies of Race and Custom in Protestant Missions, 1844-1928 by Brian Stanley
- No. 20: Capturing the Image: African Missionary Photography as Enslavement and Liberation by T. Jack Thompson
- No. 19: St. Patrick and Bernard Mizeki: Missionary Saints and the Creation of Christian Communities by Dana L. Robert
- No. 18:In Search of Moslems in China: the Story of a Journey through Northwest China, April 30-July 2, 1936, by Claude L. Pickens, Jr.
- No. 17: Not the Bloom but the Root: Conversion and its Consequences in Nineteenth-Century Protestant Missionary Discourse by Jonathan J. Bonk
- No. 16: Mission Dilemmas : Bride Price, Minor Marriage, Concubinage, Infanticide, and Education of Women by Jessie G. Lutz
- No. 15: Bulldozers on the Quad: Yale Divinity School Library ten year report by Paul F. Stuehrenberg
- No. 14: Ts'ai Yung-ch'un's Life and Work: Fully Chinese and Fully Christian by Hugh Barbour
- No. 13: Christian Mission and Islamic Studies: Beyond Antithesis by David A. Kerr
- No. 12: Robert Lowry Calhoun as Historian of Doctrine by George A. Lindbeck; with an appendix on Theology at Yale (1998)
- No. 11: Glimpses of Canton: the Diary of Elijah C. Bridgman, 1834-1838 (1998)
- No. 10: The American Revolution and the Roots of Mission in Africa: an essay on antislavery and antistructure by Lamin Sanneh. (1997)
- No. 9: American Missionary Eyewitnesses to the Nanking Massacre, 1937-1938 edited by Martha Lund Smalley ; preface by Tien- wei Wu; introduction by Beatrice S. Bartlett. (1997)
- No. 8: A History of the Expansion of Christianity Reconsidered: the Legacy of George E. Day by Andrew F. Walls. (1996)
- No. 7: Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections at the Yale Divinity School Library compiled by Martha Lund Smalley. (1995, Revised edition 1998)
- No. 6: Women's Role in the History of the World Student Christian Federation, 1895-1945 by Johanna M. Selles. (1995)
- No. 5: Communications from the Field : Missionary Postcards from Africa edited by Martha Lund Smalley (1994, Revised edition 2006)
- No. 4: Eli Smith and the Arabic Bible by Margaret R. Leavy. (1993)
- No. 3: The Legacy of John R. Mott by Martha Lund Smalley. (1993)
- No. 2: The Day Missions Library Centennial Volume by Stephen L. Peterson, Paul F. Stuehrenberg, Martha Lund Smalley
- No. 1: A Library Worthy of the School : a History of the Yale Divinity School Library Collections by Paul F. Stuehrenberg. (Revised edition 1994)
For more information, please contact Martha.Smalley@yale.edu