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Yale History in Manuscripts and Archives

Portrait of Elizabeth Deering Hanscom in her cap and gown, she is the first woman to earn a Ph.D. from Yale.
June 28, 2018

In a new Yale history exhibit, photos, letters, artifacts, and other archival material bring alive the stories of notable Yalies, including:

  • Ebenezer Baldwin. He was a 1763 graduate who died serving in the Revolutionary War.
  • Elizabeth Deering Hanscom (pictured at left). She was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. from Yale.
  • Renowned “baby doctor” Benjamin Spock. His 1946 book on childcare became a bestseller.
  • Polly Stone Buck, wife of Branford College’s second master and Yale provost Norman Buck. She corresponded with Yalies serving in World War II.
  • Joseph Andrew Johnson III. He was the second African American to earn a doctorate in physics from Yale.

The exhibit is on display in the Memorabilia Room at Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St., June 25-Oct. 5.

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