Now the Manuscripts and Archives Reading Room, this was once Yale's Rare Book Room.

In Focus

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

Manuscripts and Archives will CLOSE from Monday, December 12, 2016 through Monday, January 16, 2017 in order to temporarily  the relocate our reading room to the Franke Room, to the left as you enter the main (High Street) entrance to Sterling Memorial Library. During the renovation—from Tuesday, January 17, 2017 through late November 2017—we will provide all public services to researchers in the Franke Room. See our Manuscripts and Archives Renovation Information website for additional information. 

Not uncommon at the time, and increasingly common during the antebellum era, one $23,000 mortgage was secured by 41 slaves.

I had great hopes for the William and George, the Woolsey brothers.  At first glance, their resumes seemed impeccable: they were New York merchants who at times served as presidents of both the New York Chamber of Commerce and the New York Manumission Society. William also fathered Theodore Dwight Woolsey, Yale’s anti-slavery President during and after the Civil War.