On July 1, Barbara Rockenbach started her new job as the Stephen F. Gates '68 University Librarian. In an interview with the Yale Alumni Magazine, she talks about the importance of place, the connections between digital and physical collections, and what Yale Library might learn from the challenges of serving students in the middle of a pandemic. Read the Alumni Magazine story.
In 1779, as New Haveners were preparing to celebrate Independence Day, the British invaded the city. Small bands of civilians and student militia were quickly overcome, and the British occupied the New Haven Green and Pierpont House, now Yale's Visitor Center. The library's chief research archivist, Judith Ann Schiff, tells the story.
Despite COVID-19, the class of 2020 completed a wide range of original research projects using Yale Library collections, and seven student essays were recognized with library prizes. Their topics include post-Reconstruction South Caroline, the impact of railroad colonialism on Native American lands, and the 1950s War on Drugs, as revealed by government documents. See the list of winners and read their essays.