May 2016 Archives

May 4, 2016

Manuscripts and Archives is pleased to announce the two members of the Yale College Class of 2016 who will be awarded this year’s Manuscripts and Archives senior essay prizes.
For an essay on Yale, the winner is Thomas Hopson (Trumbull College) who wrote about The Roots of Radicalism: Natural Rights, Corporate Liberty, and Regional Factions in Colonial Connecticut, 1740-1766. His advisor is Professor Joanne Freeman. For an essay based on research done in Manuscripts and Archives, the award goes to Jacob L. Wasserman (Saybrook College), whose essay is entitled Internal Affairs: Untold Case Studies of World War I German Internment. Jacob's advisor is Professor Beverly Gage.
The Manuscripts and Archives collection offers two student prizes each year, in memory of former colleague Diane E. Kaplan, who was instrumental in making these prizes available to Yale College seniors. A certificate and a $500 check are awarded to each prize-winning student during residential college ceremonies on Commencement Day. Beginning in 2015, all prize-winning essays are automatically published online in EliScholar. You’ll find more information about the MSSA senior essay prizes, along with lists of past winners and links to those available here.
The library received 20 submissions this year, 16 of which were on topics relating to Yale, so the task of reading essays and making decisions on prize winners was challenging. Members of this year's year’s award committee included library staff members Jessica Becker, Alison Clemens, David Gary, Melissa Grafe, Carla Heister, Mike Lotstein, Andy Shimp, Patricia Thurston, and Christy Tomecek. Also on the committee were Yale alumni Richard Mooney (1947 B.A.)  and David Richards (1967 B.A., 1972 J.D.).
To give a sense of the breadth of senior essays that are written using collections in Manuscripts and Archives, here are the titles below from all 20 of this year’s prize submissions:

  • Internal Affairs: Untold Case Studies of World War I German Internment
  • A History of Yale and ROTC: The Military in the Realm of Academia
  • The Local Destruction of National Segregation: Jasper Alston Atkins’ Fight for Desegregation, 1925-1990
  • Alma Mater: The Story of Christine J. Northrop: WWI Volunteer, WWII Correspondent, and Yale Woman Pre-Coeducation
  • The Roots of Radicalism: Natural Rights, Corporate Liberty, and Regional Factions in Colonial Connecticut, 1740-1766
  • The “US Ambassador of Song”: Yale Glee Club, the 1949 European Tour, and American Music Diplomacy in Postwar Germany
  • Polio Research at the Yale School of Medicine, 1931-1935: Navigating Patronage
  • A Roadmap, Not a Stop Sign: Economic Conversion Tactics in the Connecticut Peace Movement, 1960-1998
  • Some Sort of (Psychic) Center: Black Student Activism and Community at Yale from 1965-2000
  • The National School Lunch Program: A QuasiWelfare Program in Mid-20th Century America
  • Overcoming Sex Problems and Stereotypes at Yale: A Case Study in Sex Counseling and Education
  • Who Can Be A Bad Mother?: Race, Class and the Anti-Vaccination Movement in the 1910s and 1920s
  • Herbert Thoms and His Natural Childbirth Program at Yale in the Post-War Period
  • Containment in the Courts: The Cold War and the Origins of the Second-String Smith Act Trials, 1948–51
  • Artillery Training at Yale University during the First World War: Yale and the Guns
  • Feminist Trailblazing and the University: A History of Women ’s Activism and Alliances in Yale and New Haven, 1980–1989
  • Two Sides of Birth Control in the 20th Century: Yale-New Haven Hospital's Young Mothers ' Program
  • How the Detroit Riots Saved Yale: May Day, Cyrus Vance, and the Art of Crisis Management
  • General Motors' Late Reckoning with its Complicity in Nazi Forced Labor and America ' s Long Silence on the Issue
  • US Foreign Policy and the Soviet-Afghan War: A Revisionist History

Post on May 4, 2016 - 2:10pm |

May 9, 2016

The Yale Library delighted to announce that the spring 2016 issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library is now available online. The Yale Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, as well as a valued partner in the teaching and research mission of the university. Published three times a year, Nota Bene features some of the innovative work being undertaken across the 15 libraries and approximately 550 staff that comprise the Yale Library system. This issue has a particular focus on the work of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library as it marks its 75th anniversary this year.

Post on May 9, 2016 - 10:40am |

May 9, 2016

Following conversations with the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), the provost has approved additional funds for a pilot program in 2016-2017 to explore the possibility of extended access to Sterling Memorial Library (SML) and Bass Library.  Beginning on May 11, under the pilot, SML will stay open later on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, while late night hours on Thursdays in SML will continue as usual. During October and spring breaks, both Bass and SML will offer extended hours during the week. For more details, please check the library hours website here.

Post on May 9, 2016 - 11:17am |

May 16, 2016

New bottle filling stations have been installed in Sterling Memorial Library’s Wright Reading Room and in the Thain Cafe! Members of the Yale community will now have access to filtered water while working in the surrounding spaces. The stations, which also count the quantity of plastic bottles saved from waste, are meant to reduce environmental impact by encouraging the use of reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic bottles; and to make it easier for people to use re-fillable water bottles in the library.

The library decided to install filtered water dispensers after a current graduate student made a suggestion through AskYale. Accessible through the Yale Library’s website, AskYale allows students and other members of the Yale community to ask questions and communicate suggestions. Yale Library encourages feedback, and endeavors to examine and respond to student needs. Have a question or a suggestion for the library? Visit AskYale And, be sure to check out the new bottle filling stations!

Post on May 16, 2016 - 11:07am |

May 16, 2016

The Yale University Library is delighted to announce the appointment of John Gallagher as the new director of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library.
John joined the staff of the Yale Library in 1999 as a library services assistant in the Library Shelving Facility. He moved to the Medical Library in 2000 where he took the position of evening & weekend circulation supervisor, and was quickly promoted to the head of the circulation department. After completion of his Masters of Library Science in 2004, John was promoted again to the head of Access and Delivery Services. He was instrumental in pioneering and establishing the Scan on Demand service at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, which evolved into the Scan and Deliver service for the wider Yale Library system. He served as the library liaison to the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and co-chaired the library’s joint Department Committee for Best Practices, a university-wide initiative to foster and promote better management/labor relations and collaboration through interest-based problem solving. During this time, John also chaired a management/labor Access Services Assessment Task Force that reduced check-in errors at all libraries.
As deputy director for Public Services and later associate director, John oversaw the completion of a number of major medical library renovations, including the Historical Library’s rare book stacks and staff areas, the construction of a secure reading room, and the construction of the Cushing Center.
In 2012, John was selected to participate in the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries’ Leadership Fellowship Program. John's participation in this prestigious and highly competitive program gives testimony to the quality of his leadership abilities.
Susan Gibbons, University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Libraries & Scholarly Communication commented, "John’s appointment is fantastic. Not only do we add a talented colleague to the library’s senior leadership team, but John’s career demonstrates the opportunities for career advancement at Yale University Library."

Post on May 16, 2016 - 11:34am |

May 20, 2016

On Monday, May 23, the Sterling Memorial Library (SML) nave will host the President’s Commencement Day luncheon for honorary degree recipients. As a result, SML will be closed to the public until 3:00pm. It will reopen at 3:00 pm until 7:45pm. The temporary Beinecke Reading Room and Manuscripts and Archives – both located in SML – will be closed for the entire day. Bass Library will be open during its usual hours of 8:30am to 9:45pm, although the tunnel between Bass and SML will be closed until 3:00pm. Because Commencement can be a heavy book-return day, the book-drops outside of SML will remain open until 3:00pm, after which books can be returned inside the building. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. Details of access for library staff using SML on Monday have been communicated directly through the library staff email list.

Post on May 20, 2016 - 12:14pm |