March 2019 Archives

March 28, 2019

hand-drawn map showing proposed Wooster Square redevelopment in New Haven.

The library awards three annual prizes for outstanding senior essays. Each carries a $500 award and is presented during commencement ceremonies at the recipient’s residential college. Based on quality of submissions, the library may name more than one winner (or alternately, none) for the awards in a given year. Winning essays will be published on Eli Scholar. Senior essays submitted to a Yale academic department at any point during the 2018-19 academic year are eligible for consideration for 2019 prizes. Submissions are open now for all three prizes.

The Harvey M. Applebaum ’59 Award is for an essay using the library’s collections of government documents and information. In 2018, two Applebaum prizes were awarded, to economics major Santiago Botto Tornielli (Jonathan Edwards College) for “Convergence Towards an Optimal Currency Area in the European Union” and to history major Monica Wang (Trumbull College) for “From Enemy to Family: German War Brides and U.S.-German Rapprochement, 1945-1950.” Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 24.  Essays may be submitted by seniors or their faculty advisors. Submission guidelines.

The Manuscripts and Archives Diane Kaplan Memorial Prize is for an essay based substantially on research in any Manuscripts and Archives collection. In 2018, H. William Bernstein (Pierson College) received the Kaplan Prize for “From Paris to New Haven: Maurice Rotival and the Longue Durée of Urban Renewal.” Bernstein’s essay drew on the library’s extensive collection of resources related to the French urban planner Maurice Rotival. Submission deadline is Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m. Faculty and others may encourage submission, but students must submit the essays themselves to be considered for the prize. Submission guidelines.

The Library Map Prize is for the best use of maps in a senior essay or its equivalent. Last year, environmental studies major Madeline Zimmerman (Davenport College) won for “The Changing Fate of Thailand's Elephants, But a Future Worth Fighting For: The Interplay of Culture and Ecology for Conservation” and Liliane Lindsay (Saybrook College) won for "Indonesia’s Burning Issue: Why Deforestation Continues to Decimate the Nation Despite Decades of Environmental Policy." Essays may be submitted by seniors or their faculty advisors by Wednesday, April 24.  Submission guidelines.

Image: This circa-1960 sketch of an unrealized planning option for the Wooster Square redevelopment in New Haven was used by H. William Bernstein '18 in his Diane Kaplan Memorial Prize essay. Maurice Emile Henri Rotival papers, 1944-1963 (inclusive). Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University.

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March 27, 2019

Join us for a free screening and discussion of Charm City, a new documentary by Marilyn Ness.

Filmed during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, Charm City delivers a powerfully candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of citizens, community leaders, government officials, and police grapple with the causes and consequences of violence and the future of their city.

7 p.m. Thursday, April 18

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street

* Leonard Jahad, Executive Director of the Connecticut Violence Intervention Program
* Kalfani Nyere Turè, Postdoctoral Associate with the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale
* Lorenzo M. Boyd, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Policing at the University of New Haven

LOCAL PARTNERS: CPTV, the Yale Film Study Center, LISC, the Yale African American Affinity Group, the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, and the Yale Law School Office of Student Affairs.

What is Indie Lens Pop-Up?
Featuring upcoming documentaries from the Peabody Award-winning PBS series Independent LensIndie Lens Pop-Up brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Indie Lens Pop-up is presented in Connecticut by the Yale Film Study Center, CPTV, and PBS's Independent Lens.


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March 10, 2019

Elizabeth Morris installing 2016 "Moving Earth" exhibit in Memorabilia Room

Proposals are being accepted through Monday, April 8, 2019, for three exhibits to be displayed in the Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room in 2020.

Library staff, faculty, graduate or professional students, or other campus affiliates may propose and curate exhibits using materials from library collections. Individual undergraduates are not eligible for this opportunity, but faculty may submit proposals involving students from a specific course.  

To learn more, join the exhibit selection committee for an open house Tuesday, March 26, 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Memorabilia Room.

“The exhibit program is one of the best ways we have to show the incredible breadth and depth of the library’s collections,” said Exhibits Program Manager Kerri Sancomb, who chairs the selection committee.

A typical exhibit in the Memorabilia Room features between 100 and 125 objects in ten exhibition cases. The library provides funding for production expenses and supports the curator with scheduling and management of collections materials, production tools and templates, and guidelines for writing exhibit text. Materials requiring special display conditions or security may be presented in facsimile.

Proposals for 2020 may be on any topic, Sancomb said. However, in honor of the 50 Women at Yale 150 celebration,  the committee will give special consideration to proposals related to women’s experience and contributions at Yale or in society as a whole.

Key selection criteria are the strength of the concept and the visual potential of the materials. The committee is particularly interested in proposals that draw on less well-known collections.

The committee will host an exhibit-program open house Tuesday, March 26, 3 - 4:30 p.m., in the Memorabilia Room.  Sancomb will provide a brief overview of the opportunities, and librarians who have curated past exhibits will be on hand to answer questions. Prospective curators may also use this time to speak with a committee member about a specific exhibit idea.

See more program details and the 2020 exhibit schedule.

Photo: Beth Morris, librarian at the Yale Center for British Art, curated "Moving Earth," a 2016 exhibit on the creation of the British Landscape in the Memorabilia Room.

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March 10, 2019

Yale Library will join the 50 Women at Yale 150 celebration with four exhibits on women's history topics this year—three of which will be curated or co-curated by students.

The exhibits are part of a campus-wide commemoration of two milestones: the 50th anniversary of the matriculation of women in Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the university who came to study at the School of Art in 1869.

In 2019-20, the university is seeking “to showcase the depth of women’s contributions to Yale and to the world, to celebrate women at the university, and to inspire thoughtful conversation about the future of women at Yale and in the larger society.”

Three of the library’s 2019 exhibits will explore the experience of women at Yale, while the fourth will delve into the life and legacy of a pioneering journalist whose papers are collected in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

In addition, proposals are being accepted for 2020 exhibits in the Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room, with a submission deadline of Monday, April 8.

The following exhibits are under way or planned for 2019:

Musical Daughters of Eli: Women Pioneers at Yale, Gilmore Music Library and online, Feb. 25 - April 30, 2019. Curated by Archivist Richard Boursey.

The Walls are Tumbling Down: Coeducation in Yale College, July 22 – Oct. 18, 2019, Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library. Co-curated by University Archivist Michael Lotstein and graduate student Carly Sheehan (Art School ’20).

The Courtroom, the Couch, and the Archive: Janet Malcolm's Journalism, Exhibit Corridor, Sterling Memorial Library, May 13 – Oct. 6, 2019, Senior Essay Exhibit. Curated by Eve Sneider ’20.

Student Research at Yale University Library, Exhibit Corridor, Sterling Memorial Library, Oct. 2019 – April 2020. Mariana Melin-Corcoran ’20 will curate an exhibit honoring women graduates of the Yale School of Architecture. Valentina Connell ’20 will curate an exhibit on the history of Yale College housing, with a focus on gender dynamics.

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March 5, 2019

Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, and George C. Scott star in The Hustler, Robert Rossen's "hymn to the last true era when men of substance played pool with a vengeance" (Derek Adams). This classic garnered nine Academy Award nominations with wins for art direction and cinematography, and it was added to the National Film Registry in 1997. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

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2 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT

What is Treasures from the Yale Film Archive?
Treasures from the Yale Film Archive is an ongoing series of classic and contemporary films in 35mm curated by the Yale Film Study Center and screened at the Whitney Humanities Center.

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March 1, 2019

Yale University Library has acquired the access to two new Chinese language databases, Zhongguo jin shi ku 中國金石庫 and Song dai mu zhi ming zi liao ku 宋代墓誌銘資料庫. The databases have been added to the Library’s Quicksearch (Databases) and Chinese Studies research guide-Books. Information of off-campus access to Yale subscribed electric resources can be found through here.

Please feel free to contact Michael Meng, Librarian for Chinese Studies, if you have questions about the new resources.

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