May 2016 Archives

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.

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May 6, 2016

Congratulations to Yale's Photogrammar team on receiving one of ACLS's first-ever Digital Extension Grants! ACLS developed the new program "to foster diverse communities of users around the most compelling approaches to digital inquiry." Photogrammar was one of five projects selected. With the grant, Photogrammar will be able to add new features, integrate additional archives into the collection, and reach new audiences.

Principal Investigator
Laura Wexler

Project Team
Taylor Arnold, Catherine DeRose, Monica Ong Reed,
Lauren Tilton, Courtney Rivard (UNC, Chapel Hill)

Link to Photogrammar // ACLS award announcement

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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

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