Development

The Yale University Archives seeks to collect documentation concerning fund-raising and development activities at Yale. Specific topics of interest include:

  • Solicitation of donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Deliberations about amounts to be solicited
  • Suggested purposes of gifts
  • Methods and strategies of development
  • Capital campaign planning and promotion
  • Results of development initiatives
  • New policy, procedure, initiative development in any of the above areas

Archival Records

Examples of records of interest to the Archives, regardless of format:

  • Analyses, studies, and research reports relating to development
  • Annual or final reports from development offices
  • Correspondence that provides directives for development activities
  • Gift and donation records, including agreements, letters of transmittal, bequest instruments and wills, account establishment documentation, and any restrictions, conditions, or terms for the gift or donation
  • Major donor records, including profiles, correspondence, clippings, and related documentation
  • Meeting minutes and supporting materials for committees that do development work
  • Photographs and audio-visual resources
  • Policies and procedures for development activities
  • Program administration records of capital campaigns
  • Publications and websites (see Depositing Official Yale Publications)
  • Records of the Corporation’s Development and Alumni Affairs Committee

Office of record

The Office of Development, Provost's Office, and development directors in Yale College, the Graduate School, and the professional schools maintain the record copy of documentation concerning development.