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Bill Landis

Head of Public Services, Manuscripts & Archives

e-mail: bill.landis@yale.edu

telephone: (203) 432-1069

Past Winners

Past Winners of the Manuscripts and Archives Diane Kaplan Senior Essay Prizes:

Manuscripts & Archives Diane Kaplan Memorial Senior Essay Prizes

Manuscripts and Archives Diane E. Kaplan Memorial Senior Essay Prizes


We are pleased to announce the recipients of the two 2017 prizes:

For an outstanding senior essay on a topic relating to Yale:

For an outstanding senior essay based on research done in Manuscripts and Archives:

Congratulations to Sarah and Sarah, and thanks and congratulations to the 15 other members of the Yale College Class of 2017 who submitted their essays for prize consideration!


Manuscripts and Archives offers two student prizes each year, in memory of our colleague Diane E. Kaplan, who was instrumental in making these prizes available to Yale College seniors:

 One prize for an outstanding senior essay on a topic relating to Yale 

► One prize for an outstanding senior essay on any topic based significantly on research done in Manuscripts and Archives.

Each prizewinning author will receive a $500 cash prize, which will be presented at the student's residential college commencement ceremony. 

An eligible essay must represent original research that has been submitted to a Yale academic department in the academic year ending the same year as the prize competition for which it is submitted. Excepting grammatical, spelling, and punctuation fixes, the essay submitted for prize consideration should be the same one submitted to the student’s department.  Essays are judged on the following characteristics:

► Original argument, engaging structure, and valuable scholarly contribution.

► Creative and appropriate use of sources.

► Excellent grammar and style.

► Consistent and appropriate citation of sources.

Essays from any department are eligible for consideration. Faculty and others may encourage submissions, but students must submit the essays themselves for prize consideration. Prizewinning essays are published in EliScholar. The essay prize submission and judging process takes place each year in March-April.

Submission for the 2017 competition is now closed.