View of the top of Harkness Tower on a snowy day.

View of the top of Harkness Tower on a snowy day. Detail of a photograph from RU 690, Yale events and activities photographs, 1852-2003.

In Focus

Architect's rendition of the renovated Manuscripts and Archives reading room

The iconic Manuscripts and Archives reading room along the Wall Street side of Sterling Memorial Library will be closed during much of 2017 for renovation. During the renovation—beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017 through late November 2017—we will provide all public services to researchers in the Franke Family Room, off of the Nave in Sterling Memorial Library. See our Manuscripts and Archives Renovation Information website for additional information. 

Petition regarding Commons, page 1, circa 1800-1801, Bates Family Papers (MS 65), Box 1, folder 5

December 1995 “Old Yale” column from the Yale Alumni Magazine traces the history of dissatisfaction with dining facilities, service, and fare all the way back to the opening of the first Yale College building in New Haven in 1718. Sometime in 1800-1801, four members of the Class of 1802 sent a petition to Yale President Timothy Dwight protesting against the immoral and wicked behavior of the kitchen staff.