April 2019 Archives

April 26, 2019

Manuscripts and Archive reading room looking toward Gates Classroom

During the 2019 Reunion weekends, Yale University Library's Manuscripts and Archives  in Sterling Memorial Library will host an open house and display of archival materials in the Gates Classroom.

In addition, the library will offer alumni tours of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information in Kline Biology Tower, and the newly renovated Franke Family Digital Humanities Laboratory in Sterling Memorial Library. 

Here is the schedule of library events for both Reunion weekends:

Friday, May 24, 9 – 10 a.m. & Friday, May 31, 9 – 10 a.m., Open House: Manuscripts and Archives

Visit the soaring Gates Classroom in Manuscripts and Archives and view a selection of materials used by Yale faculty in their classes with undergraduates. One of the most beautiful spaces in Sterling Memorial Library, the room was originally built to house Yale's Gutenberg Bible and transformed into a special collections classroom in the 2018 renovation of Manuscripts and Archives. Enter the classroom through the entrance at the fireplace end of the Linonia and Brothers (L&B) Reading Room.

Friday, May 24, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. & Friday, May 31, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Tour: Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI)

CSSSI supports the sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields at Yale by offering state-of-the-art information services in a technology-rich environment. Facilities include a 24/7 space with a media exhibit wall; a newly-renovated lower level with a seminar room, a digital studio, and maps/GIS consultation space; and a variety of spaces for individual or group study. CSSSI is located up the hill from the new residential colleges. Meet at the South Study Room (24-Hour Space), concourse level of Kline Biology Tower.

Saturday, May 25, 9 – 10 a.m. & Saturday, June 1, 9 – 10 a.m., Tour: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Beinecke Library is Yale University Library’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. It houses public exhibitions and serves as a center for teaching and for research by students, faculty, and scholars at Yale and from around the world. Learn how students and many others engage the past in the present for the future and enjoy the library's current special exhibition of photographer Jerome Zerbe ’28 and contemporary photo portraitist Michael Childers, plus permanent exhibitions, including the Gutenberg Bible, Audubon’s Birds of America, and the 1742 Yale Library. Meet at the south side door, 121 Wall St. Tours are limited to the first 60 participants; in addition, the library’s exhibition hall is open for walk-in visits Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. & Saturday, June 1, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Tour: Franke Family Digital Humanities Laboratory

The Franke Family Digital Humanities Laboratory opened in Sterling Memorial Library in Fall 2018.  Designed to support the work of Yale scholars working at the intersection between STEM and the arts and humanities, the room integrates the original tudor decorative scheme with dramatic glass walls, large-scale visualization screens, and distinctive modern furniture. The space also offers space, community, and resources for Yale scholars, from students to faculty, that include workshops, informal consultations, and specialized hardware such as high-resolution monitors, deep learning artificial intelligence hardware, and virtual reality goggles. Tours are limited to the first 40 people; in addition, the space is open for walk-in visits during Sterling Memorial Library hours: Thursday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 11:45 p.m.

Photo: A view of the Manuscripts and Archives looking toward the Gates Classroom. Credit: Mara Lavitt.

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April 25, 2019

Join us for Jane Austen's story of Emma Woodhouse, as adapted for the screen by writer and first-time director Douglas McGrath. "A fine cast, speedy pacing, and playful direction make this a solid contender for the Austen sweepstakes," writes critic Ken Eisner of Emma, which won an Oscar for its Rachel Portman score and earned an additional nomination for its costumes by Ruth Myers. Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, Alan Cumming, Ewan McGregor, and Jeremy Northam star. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the event page.

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26

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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Image of the Manuscripts and Archives reading room

The following information on recently acquired and processed collections was assembled by Alison Clemens, assistant head of arrangement and description.

Manuscripts and Archives has recently acquired and made available the following collections and additions to existing collections:

New collections

Edison Price Papers (MS 2015)

  • The collection is comprised of business and design records generated by the two lighting design, manufacturing, and consulting companies founded by Edison Price in New York, New York: Edison Price, Inc. (founded in 1952) and Nulux, Inc. (founded in 1990). Papers include both project and product records, as well as research files, patent documents, and general documentation about the firms. Project records consist of drawings, correspondence, and notes relating to lighting designs, including such projects as the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles. Product records consist of drawings, photometric reports, and other information for a range of fixtures designed and manufactured by Edison Price, Inc. and Nulux, Inc.

James F. Ahern Papers (MS 2086)

  • The collection (totaling 11.34 linear feet) consists of the personal papers of James F. Ahern, documenting his position as chief of police for New Haven, Connecticut. Included are materials related to student and police activities during May Day 1970 at Yale University, wiretapping by the New Haven police, and Ahern’s role as a member of the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest in 1970. Also included are photographs of Ahern, posters, magazine articles authored by and concerning Ahern, audio and visual recordings of Ahern’s media appearances, scrapbooks with speeches and news clippings, correspondence by Ahern and family, and Rolodex cards with names and contact information for Ahern’s colleagues in police administration.

Arthur Bostwick Van Buskirk World War I Diaries (MS 2091)

  • Collection consists of two diaries by Arthur Botswick Van Buskirk documenting his military experience during World War I. Newspaper clippings, correspondence, tickets, and other ephemera were originally inserted between diary pages. Several pages in volume II detail the Armistice of November 11, 1918 in Paris, France.

John Lewis Gaddis Papers (MS 2092)

  • The collection contains the personal diaries of John Lewis Gaddis. Subjects include his academic and publishing activities, events in his personal life, his transition to Yale University from Ohio University in the late 1990s, and the founding of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University. The majority of the diary entries are typed; some are handwritten.
  • Access to the collection is restricted until 1 January 2050 by donor request.

Felipe Lorenzo Famoso Diary (MS 2100)

  • Diary covering the career of Felipe Lorenzo Famoso, a Spanish soldier in Morocco and Spain, from 1923-1949.

Mas Yebra Family Correspondence (MS 2101)

  • Correspondence of the Mas Yerba family, a prominent political family in Barcelona. The correspondence includes one hundred thirty-three letters exchanged among the family members and their associates during the Spanish Civil War. Also includes a small amount of the family’s legal and financial papers.

Ramon Llado Correspondence (MS 2102)

  • Eleven letters between Ramon Llado, a Republican soldier in the Spanish Civil War, and his family. Seven letters are from Ramon to his wife, Concepcion. Three letters are from Concepcion to Ramon, and one letter is to Ramon from his sister, Dionisia, and his brother-in-law.

Additions to existing collections

Accession 2017-M-0002 addition to the David Brion Davis Papers (MS 1970)

  • This accession (totaling 42.58 linear feet) comprises teaching and research files, writings, correspondence, and program files documenting David Brion Davis’s work as a historian of slavery and abolition in the western world and professor of history at Yale University. The teaching files document Davis’s teaching activities and lectures at Yale University and other educational institutions. Writings document Davis’s monographs and short writings, particularly his essays and reviews for the New York Review of Books, as well as scholarly and popular writings of others that were sent to Davis for review or comment. Correspondence primarily documents Davis’s professional and research activities, and correspondence is also present throughout the research files, writings, and program files groupings. Program files include material documenting conferences Davis attended and contributed to and activities Davis undertook in the professional organizations to which he belonged. The program files also document Davis’s activities as founding director of Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and as a Yale history professor working with researchers, undergraduate students, and graduate students at the university. The accession also contains Davis’s personal papers, which document his early academic work as a student at Dartmouth College and Harvard University, his written reflections on his life and work, and his professional activities and retirement.

Accession 2018-M-0051 addition to the Richard Benson Sewall Papers (MS 1413)

  • This accession (totaling 14.25 linear feet) comprises lecture notes and course materials documenting Sewall’s tenure as a Yale University professor of English; writings and research files on Emily Dickinson, the Strong family of Rochester, New York, and other areas relating to Sewall’s research interests; and correspondence regarding Sewall’s research and work at Yale. Also includes personal materials documenting Sewall’s professional life and family history.

Scrapbooks of William Bacon Bailey, Yale Class of 1894: Accession 2018-A-0063 of the Yale Student Scrapbook Collection (RU 138)

  • Three scrapbooks documenting reunion activity and related events of the Yale College Class of 1894, of which Bailey was a member, as well as Bailey’s professional life as an economist, professor, census worker, statistician, and employee at Travelers Insurance Companies.

Accession 2019-M-0007 addition to the Charles Hill Papers (MS 2070)

  • The accession (totaling 3.42 linear feet) consists of the personal papers of Charles Hill. Materials include Hill’s correspondence, including correspondence with former United States secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz. The accession also consists of writings, including book reviews and commentary articles on United States foreign policy, and course material from Hill’s class “Oratory in Statecraft” taught at Yale University, 2006-2018.

Accession 2019-M-0042 addition to the Spanish Civil War collection (MS 2058)

  • The accession (totaling .42 linear feet) includes children’s materials, publications, and postcards documenting the Spanish Civil War.

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April 22, 2019

Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound

The Music Library has setup trials for two new databases that we are considering subscriptions to for the Yale Community. To help us determine whether we should subscribe to these new resources, we would like to hear from you! Please send any feedback you might have to musiclibrary@yale.edu. Please note that you will need to be on-campus, or connected via Yale VPN to access these trials.  

RILM Music Encyclopedias is an ever-expanding full-text compilation of reference works, incorporating 54 seminal titles published from 1775 to the present and comprising over 100,000 pages. A full list of the encyclopedias included can be found here. It provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of the most important disciplines, fields, and subject areas of historical musicology and ethnomusicology, with topics ranging from popular music, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, to recorded music and women composers.

RIPM Preservation Series: European & North American Music Periodicals is a unique collection of primary source music periodicals not covered in RIPM Retrospective Index with Full Text.  This collection is international in scope and not available in any other online resource or in any library. Titles include one hundred journals dealing with musical life in world capitals—Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Brussels, Budapest, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, New York, Prague, Paris, St. Petersburg and Warsaw—and several monumental journals including Musical America until 1922, Le Guide musical (Brussels, 1855-1919), the Neue Berliner Musikzeitung (Berlin, 1847-1896) and early musicology periodicals. Future titles will include those focusing on instruments, genres, musicology's early periodicals and music education, and others combining both musical and nonmusical content.

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April 16, 2019

Join us for a free screening of Wrestle, a new documentary by Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers along with New Haven Wrestling head coach Marcello Catapano and Jaylin Houston, 2019 CIAC State Open heavyweight champion.

Wrestle is an intimate, inspring, coming-of-age portrait of the wrestling team at a struggling high school in Huntsville, Alabama. As they fight toward the State Championship, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan grapple with injustices on and off the mat, while their coach wades into the complexities of class and race in the modern South.

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street

LOCAL PARTNERS: CPTV, the Yale Film Study Center, the Yale African American Affinity Group, and the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale.

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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April 16, 2019

Musical theater and mockumentary take center stage in Waiting for Guffman, the 1996 ensemble comedy from director Christopher Guest. This "madcap gem" (in the words of Owen Gleiberman) was described by Kenneth Turan as "a sly and gleeful comedy showcase that pokes clever fun at the American musical, amateur theatricals, and anything else that's not nailed down." The brilliant cast includes Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Parker Posey, and Bob Balaban. Introduction by Joe Fay. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the event page.

7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15

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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April 8, 2019

Join us as we welcome the Emmy-winning Yale graduate and New Haven native Nick Doob '69 for a screening and discussion of four of his newly-preserved films. In 2016, the Yale Film Study Center was awarded a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve three shorts Doob made while he was still a student at Yale: Plastic Saints (1967), Costumed Dancer (1968), and 42nd St Movie (1968). The FSC also recently completed preservation of his feature-length documentary Street Music (1979), and all four films will have their preservation premieres at this event. 16mm prints from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the event page.

7 p.m. Friday, April 26

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 their original formats, curated by the Yale Film Study Center and screened at the Whitney Humanities Center.

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