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 2017 for renovation. We will provide all public services to researchers in the Franke Family Room, off of the Nave in Sterling Memorial Library through Friday, December 15, 2017. We will be closed to move back into our newly renovated space from December 16, 2017, through January 15, 2018. We will reopen for researchers on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. See our Manuscripts and Archives Renovation Information website for additional information. 

News clipping from an unknown paper documenting the Ku Klux Klan in New Haven for the taping of Sally Jesse Raphael Show, 1987 June 16. Mary Johnson Papers (MS 2050), Box 15, folder 12.

For the Yale and New Haven community, the moment recalls the 1980s, when members of the Ku Klux Klan held marches and rallies across Connecticut. In May 1980, Imperial Wizard Bill Wilkinson of the Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan came to Hartford, Connecticut, in response to “an influx of applications” received by the hate group. Days after Wilkinson’s announcement, ten Klansmen burned a cross in Hartford near Bradley International Airport. By March 1981, the Klan arrived in Meriden looking for a confrontation.