May 2017 Archives

May 15, 2017

Can ordinary people be expected to put aside their political predispositions when they serve as jurors in politically charged cases? Are judges just "politicians in robes?" This talk by Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, will present experimental data addressing these questions and others that bear on the impartiality of law. Join us on Wednesday May 24 at 2:00 pm in William L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall Street) Room 119.

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His primary research interests are risk perception and science communication. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and related facts. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, his research has investigated public disagreement over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and conflicting public impressions of scientific consensus. Articles featuring the Project’s studies have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed scholarly journals including the Journal of Risk Research, Judgment and Decision Making, Nature Climate Change, Science, and Nature. He is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

All are welcome to join us for this forum sponsored by SCOPA.

Post on May 15, 2017 - 4:04pm |

May 15, 2017

“Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light,” now on view at the Yale University Art Gallery, incorporates materials from the Thomas Wilfred Papers held in Yale University Library’s Manuscripts and Archives. The collection includes Wilfred’s correspondence, drawings, photographs, and miscellaneous materials documenting his professional career.

Thomas Wilfred (1889-1968), a Danish-born American artist, musician, and inventor, chose light as his preferred artistic medium. Formerly a successful lute player, Wilfred channeled his musical talents into his artistic endeavors by creating performative, time-based works. He called these creations of light and color “lumia.” Very few of his works are static, and many unfold over a set length of time. Untitled, Op. 161, currently on view at the Yale University Art Gallery, runs for one year, three-hundred and fifteen days, and twelve hours before repeating itself.

After moving to the United States in 1916, Wilfred began developing the Clavilux, an organ-like mechanical invention that allow others to create, manipulate, and project lumia in real time. Small models, some automatic, were intended for home use. Other versions were quite large. The 1934 Chicago World’s Fair included a Lumia Theatre, where a “lumianist” performed nightly recitals on a large, five-projector Clavilux instrument. Although none of these larger instruments have survived, the Thomas Wilfred papers include photographs and sketches of Clavilux models and projectors, as well as research for design plans and notated compositions for “visual symphonies.”

Musical parallels accompany many of Wilfred’s works. He invented instruments intended for performance, organized formal recitals, created a system of notation, and even referred to his compositions with opus numbers (a system typically used to catalogue a composer’s musical works). Despite these obvious connections, performances of lumia are always silent. Wilfred believed that light could stand alone as its own art form, and he sought to establish this by founding the Art Institute of Light. The Thomas Wilfred papers include sketches for a permanent facility with recital halls dedicated to lumia performances.

With a current exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery and an upcoming exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Wilfred’s lumia are experiencing a revival. The Thomas Wilfred Papers will continue to illuminate the history, technology, and context of lumia for contemporary audiences.

Hilary Purrington

Post on May 15, 2017 - 10:48am |

Nota Bene XXXII no.1

Nota Bene
Spring 2017

Post on May 11, 2017 - 11:11am |

May 10, 2017

On behalf of the 550 staff of the Yale University Library, congratulations to all of our graduating students! We wish you every future success!
As a graduate of Yale College, your library access automatically expires on May 31, but you are entitled to three free months of borrowing privileges. You may set this up any time after May 11 by visiting the service desk in Sterling Memorial Library, open Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:45 and Saturday from 10:00-4:45.  Bring a government issued ID card, your student ID, and any materials that are currently checked out to your undergraduate library account. Don't worry - we can charge the same items out again to your new account! Please note: You will retain VPN access to our electronic resources through October 1. You will no longer have access to the following services after you register for borrowing privileges or after May 31, 2017:
Borrow Direct
Interlibrary Loan
Scan and Deliver
Bass Media Checkout
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call our service desk at 203-432-1775.

Post on May 10, 2017 - 2:29pm |

May 8, 2017

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at Yale is delighted to announce that it is one of the recipients of a grant from the Grammy Museum.

Generously funded by The Recording Academy, the Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, in addition to research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

The Music Library will use its portion of the grant to preserve approximately 335 hours of unique non-commercial audio, predominantly from 1937–1956, featuring music by Charles Ives. Most recordings are on at-risk formats, notably instantaneous disc. All recordings will be digitized following International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives guidelines. Digitized content will be ingested into the library's digital preservation system and made available via one of its mediated streaming tools. Read the full details here.

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May 8, 2017

During the past semester, fourteen Yale archivists and librarians were part of a collaborative program with the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. It introduced fifteen Black undergraduate students to history research methodologies, library tools and resources, and careers in academia, libraries, and archives. At a well-attended event in early May in the Yale Library, the students presented on their research into a variety of aspects of the Black experience at Yale.  A few weeks earlier, the students participated in three lectures by Black library and archives professionals from around the country. Each of the three interviewees – Dorothy Berry, Vicki Coleman, and Dr. Meredith Evans – spoke about their educational background, career path to date, and thoughts about their future careers.  Two of the three lectures can be accessed online at the links below.

For further information about the History Keepers Program, contact the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center at:

Dorothy Berry, Umbra Search Metadata and Digitization Lead at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Dr. Meredith Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Vicki Coleman, Dean of Library Services at the F. D. Bluford Library, North Carolina A&T State University. (lecture not available online)

Post on May 8, 2017 - 11:03am |

May 5, 2017

Ensemble at Yale homepage

Decompress from end-of-the-year stress by helping create a database of Yale theater history with Ensemble@Yale! This new tool leverages the power of crowdsourcing to identify and transcribe titles and dates of plays as well as the names of actors, directors, playwrights, set and costume designers, etc. from historical programs in Arts Library Special Collections dating back to 1925. Ensemble@Yale, inspired by the original Ensemble project from NYPL Labs, is an experiment that aims to transform historic programs from Yale’s archives into searchable text. Rather than reproducing all of the words in a digitized document, as with optical character recognition (OCR), crowdsourced transcription relies on human judgment to pull out features of interest to scholars and create structured data. Someday this data will allow researchers to answer questions such as "Who has played Hamlet onstage at Yale?"

Post on May 5, 2017 - 5:27pm |

Poster for the 2017 senior essay contest

Poster for 2017 senior essay contest

Poster for 2017 senior essay contest

Manuscripts and Archives is pleased to announce the winners of the two 2017 Manuscripts and Archives Diane Kaplan Memorial Senior Essay Prizes. The winners each will receive a certificate and a check for $500.00 at their residential college ceremonies on Commencement Day, Monday, May 22, 2017. Prize-winning essays are also published in EliScholar, the Yale University Library’s digital platform for scholarly publishing. Additional information about the prizes is available on our MSSA Prizes website.

Title page of Sarah Pajka's senior essay, "Doctors, Death, and Denial," 3 April 2017

Title page of Sarah Pajka’s senior essay, “Doctors, Death, and Denial,” 3 April 2017

The prize for an outstanding senior essay on a topic relating to Yale is presented to Sarah E. Pajka (Morse College) for her essay Doctors, Death, and Denial: The Origins of Hospice Care in 20th Century America. Her senior essay project was advised by Professor Naomi Rogers of the Program in the History of Science and Medicine. Sarah’s essay explores the emergence of the need for hospice care in the United States in the rise of institutionalized medicine and the conundrum presented by “the patient who could not be healed.” Sarah used the Florence and Henry Wald Papers (MS 1659) in Manuscripts and Archives, among other sources, to explore the pivotal role of Yale School of Nursing Dean Florence Wald in the development of Connecticut Hospice, which was the first modern hospice facility in America when it opened in 1980.

Title page of Sarah Kim's senior essay, "Of a Healthy Constitution," 3 April 2017

Title page of Sarah Kim’s senior essay, “Of a Healthy Constitution,” 3 April 2017

The prize for an outstanding senior essay based significantly on research done in Manuscripts and Archives is presented to Sarah D. Kim (Jonathan Edwards College) for her essay Of a Healthy Constitution: Socialized Medicine Between the Triumphs of Social Security and Medicare. Her senior essay adviser was Profession Jennifer Klein of the Department of History. Sarah used, among other sources, the Isidore Sydney Falk Papers (MS 1039) in Manuscripts and Archives to explore the debates in the United States over the controversial issue of national health insurance between the late 1930s and the early 1960s. She uses Falk’s activism on national health care as a lens through which to explore the impact of Cold War politics on the debate.

Congratulations to both Sarahs for their outstanding senior essay accomplishments! Thanks as well to the 15 other members of the Yale College Class of 2017 who submitted senior essays for consideration in this competition. The 2017 MSSA senior essay judging panel consisted of 11 Yale alumni and Yale University Library staff members.

Post on May 4, 2017 - 3:09pm |

May 1, 2017

Join us to hear about the History Keepers Project on Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00pm in the SML International Room, where fifteen Yale students will present summaries of their research into the Black experience at Yale – part of a collaboration between the Yale Library and the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale.

During this semester, fourteen archivists and librarians* from the Yale Library have been working with the Afro-American Cultural Center to introduce fifteen Black undergraduate students to history research methodologies, library tools and resources, and careers in academia, libraries, and archives. The research focus of the program has been on researching the Black experience at Yale, with each student being mentored by an archivist or librarian. Please join us in celebrating the program. All are welcome!

The History Keepers Program is a collaboration between the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center, the Yale University Library, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

*Anna Arays, Melissa Barton, Gwyneth Crowley, Afua Ferdnance, Emily Horning, Caitlin Lam, Bill Landis, Mike Lotstein, William Massa, Suzanne Noruschat, Gabby Redwine, Judith Schiff, Camila Tessler, Chris Weideman

Post on May 1, 2017 - 1:27pm |

May 1, 2017

The Yale Library is offering an exciting array of events during Reading Week (May 1-5) for all Yale students! Activities include pizza, games, Zumba, Yoga, donuts, origami, puzzles, coloring, & ever-popular visits from therapy dogs Louie & Heather! There will also be a Library Jam featuring the Whiffenpoofs & Whim N' Rhythm. Check the library calendar for a full listing of locations & times.

Post on May 1, 2017 - 1:24pm |