As part of the 1939 vote establishing the University Archives, the Yale Corporation included "files of any matter printed for official use" and "undergraduate and graduate publications," as two types of materials to be placed in the University Archives. "For official use" includes publications that are created while conducting university business and made available to the general Yale community, its alumni, prospective students, and the general public. “Undergraduate and graduate publications” includes those produced by student organizations. Like administrative records, which are considered archival and historically valuable, publications serve as a permanent record of the activity of the university.
Our publications collection consists of books, journals, ephemera, film, audio, or video recordings in print and born-digital form documenting Yale, its history, and its people. In order to guarantee that future students and scholars have access to the rich publication tradition of the University, the University Archives endeavors to acquire and preserve as many Yale publications as possible.
For more information regarding the preservation of publications in the University Archives, please consult: