January 2017 Archives

January 10, 2017

Visits to Yale by Martin Luther King Jr (1959 & 1964) & Coretta Scott King (1969) are documented in Manuscripts & Archives, and are part of a new banner exhibit in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library, on view until March 3.

Dr. King was invited to Yale in 1959 by an undergraduate lecture committee and spoke on “The Future of Integration.” He returned to Yale in 1964 to receive an honorary degree, along with Averell Harriman, Philip Jessup, Sargent Shriver Jr, Alfred Lunt, and Lynn Fontanne. Dr. King was released on bail from the St. Augustine, Florida jail, just two days before receiving the degree from Yale. He had been arrested for ordering food in a whites-only motel. Dr. King’s honorary degree caused considerable reaction, both pro and con, around the country. Coretta Scott King was named the first Frances Blanshard Fellow at Yale in 1969. While on campus she met with women graduate students and spoke to a standing room only crowd in Woolsey Hall on the importance of campus unrest in addressing social injustices.

The materials in this exhibition are reproductions of records from the Office of the President, Kingman Brewster (RU 11); Office of Public Affairs and Communications, Yale Events and Activities Photographs (RU 690); Buildings and Grounds Photographs (RU 703), the Helen Hadley Hall Fellowship Program (RU 9), and YaleNews.

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January 12, 2017

Join us on January 24 for an Arts and Humanities Book Talk by Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School, and Professor of History at Yale University, who will be talking about his book, Beyond Jihad: The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam. The talk will begin at 4:30 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, but please join us any time from 4:00 pm for refreshments and conversation.

Over the course of the last 1400 years, Islam has grown from a small band of followers on the Arabian peninsula into a global religion of over a billion believers. How did this happen? The usual answer is that Islam spread by the sword-believers waged jihad against rival tribes and kingdoms and forced them to convert. Lamin Sanneh argues that this is far from the whole story. Beyond Jihad examines the origin and evolution of the African pacifist tradition in Islam, beginning with an inquiry into the faith's origins and expansion in North Africa and its transmission across trans-Saharan trade routes to West Africa. The book focuses on the ways in which, without jihad, the religion spread and took hold, and what that tells us about the nature of religious and social change.

At the heart of this process were clerics who used religious and legal scholarship to promote Islam. Once this clerical class emerged, it offered continuity and stability in the midst of political changes and cultural shifts, helping to inhibit the spread of radicalism, and subduing the urge to wage jihad. With its policy of religious and inter-ethnic accommodation, this pacifist tradition took Islam beyond traditional trade routes and kingdoms into remote districts of the Mali Empire, instilling a patient, Sufi-inspired, and jihad-negating impulse into religious life and practice. Islam was successful in Africa, Sanneh argues, not because of military might but because it was made African by Africans who adapted it to a variety of contexts.

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January 12, 2017

A new exhibition at the Haas Family Arts Library, on view until March 31, presents materials from the Yale Library marking the 50th anniversary of Yale Repertory Theatre.

In 1966, Robert Brustein, Dean of Yale School of Drama, founded Yale Repertory Theatre, a resident professional company that would serve as the equivalent of a “teaching hospital” for theater artists in training. From the beginning, the company has focused on championing new plays alongside productions of classic works. Fifty years later, after winning a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater and launching numerous world premieres that have gone on to Broadway and theaters around the world, Yale Rep continues to nurture and challenge daring artists, bold choices, and adventurous audiences.

This exhibition features production photographs from Manuscripts and Archives and archival materials from Arts Library Special Collections. It accompanies Yale Rep at 50: Daring Artists, Bold Choices, a selection of more than 70 production photographs spanning the company’s five-decade history, on view January 10-April 8 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, as well as a smaller exhibition of the same name at the Study at Yale.

Image: Jarlath Conroy and Paul Giamatti in Hamlet, 2013. Photograph by Joan Marcus for Yale Repertory Theatre.

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January 13, 2017

The Wall Street Entrance to Sterling Memorial Library (SML) will permanently close and become an emergency exit only at the end of the day on Friday, January 20, 2017.  Beginning Tuesday, January 17, the 301 York Street entrance will become a new entry point. This is also the entrance for the new Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), which is now located within SML. 301 York Street and 120 High Street will be the two points of access while the library is open. You can check library hours here.
Occasionally, the Center for Teaching and Learning will be open outside of SML hours.  In these cases, the York Street entrance will open for CTL access with no access into SML.

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January 17, 2017

Beginning Tuesday, January 17, Manuscripts and Archives are recommencing services that were suspended over the break, due to preparations for renovations in the Manuscripts and Archives Reading Room. The following services are now available in the Franke Reading Room (until approximately November, 2017), which is located on the left as you enter Sterling Memorial Library's High Street entrance.

  • Reading room use and materials’ access
  • In-house and remote reference work
  • Office-of-Origin requests
  • ILL lending and return
  • Special Collections Transit Hub/Secure unit-to-unit LCS shipments

Manuscripts and Archives is undergoing a major renovation of its public spaces during 2017. While the renovation is in progress all public services, including the reading room where researchers consult collection materials, has been temporarily relocated to the Franke Room in Sterling Memorial Library. 

Find more details about the renovation here.

Photo: Rendering of the new reading room in Manuscripts and Archives to be opened later this year. Courtesy of Newman Architects.

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January 25, 2017

The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies has been recording testimonies of survivors, witnesses, and bystanders of the Holocaust since 1979, when the project started as a grassroots effort here in New Haven. It currently holds more than 4,500 testimonies, comprising more than 10,000 hours of videotape, recorded by Yale and more than 30 affiliates worldwide.

Recently, the archive completed a number of important milestones including the digitization of its collection, the development of a digital access system, and the launch of a partner site program that provides remote access to testimonies at universities and research institutes.

Please join us for a presentation on Wednesday, February 8 at 3:30 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall by the archive's director, Stephen Naron, who will discuss the history and recent developments of the archive, and some new initiatives underway to encourage use of the collection.

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