This session will be held in the Gates Classroom in Sterling Memorial Library on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Directions to the Gates Classroom can be found here.
The Yale Library has seven different special collections units, all of which hold archival collections in addition to rare and unique books and other published materials. Materials used in today's class session are from Manuscripts and Archives in Sterling Memorial Library. Feel free to contact Josh Cochran, if you have questions about finding and using materials in Manuscripts and Archives or other Yale Library special collections.
The entries on the rest of this page are linked to materials from Yale archival holdings used during the sessions. The materials are intended to give you an idea of the type primary sources used in historical research and consider the benefits and limitations of what they reveal. Some questions to keep in mind when working with archival materials are:
|Collections (and link to finding aid)||Box(es)||Description|
|Urban Water Systems|
|Stephen Kellert Papers (MS 2104), Series II||6; 9||Contains folders on the study of Lake Whitney in Hamden, CT and the local water system|
|Chester Bowles Papers (MS 628), Series Part II, II||53-54||Folders on water issues in New England and political appointments to water related boards and commissions in Connecticut in the 1940s and 1950s|
|Natural Resources Defense Council (MS 1965), Series Accession 2016-M-0054||10||Urban environment drinking water, 1991-1998|
|John Vliet Lindsay Papers (MS 592), Record Group II, Series VI||103||Material on water shortage, pollution in New York City,|
|John Vliet Lindsay Papers (MS 592), Record Group II, Series XVI||351||Folders on NYC water supply, protections, and pollution.|
|William Kent Family (MS 309), Series III||66-71||Water power, especially federal efforts and damming of Hetch Valley in Yosemite National Park, circa 1905-1930s.|
|Francis Griffith Newlands (MS 371), Series II||62-63; 70-73||Boxes 62-63 concern irrigation issues in the west from, 1890-1915; Boxes 70-74 have material on waterways, 1898-1915|
|Natural Resources Defense Council (MS 1965), Series accession 2018-M-0052||5||Water and coastal: Western Water, 1995-2000 and files on the Clean Water Act, 1995-1996|
|Natural Resources Defense Council (MS 1965), Series accession 2018-M-0054||11||Western water memos and correspondence, 1992-1998|
|Global Hydraulic Power/Dams|
Chester Bowles Papers (MS 628), Series Part VII, III
|343; 360||Shavathi Dam (343); Water and water power in India (360)|
|Chester Bowles Papers (MS 628), Series Part III, II||104||Bhankra-Nangal Dam Project, 1952|
|Chester Bowles Papers (MS 628), Series Part VII, II||340||Shavathi Dam, Mysore, March 1968|
|Douglas Ensminger Papers (MS 1315), Series accession 1983-M-011||2||Ford Foundation unpublished reports and memos on water use and development in India ca. 1970s.|
|Ogden Rogers Reid Papers (MS 755), Record Group Part IV, Series VIII||218||Folder on the Jordan Water Project|
|George A. Dudley Papers (MS 1861), Series Accession 2006-M-026||15||Notes and materials on the Abu Nuwas Dam project in Iraq.|
The collections listed above and used in the class session represent only a small portion of the material on water related topics at Yale Special Collections. Many of the these collections have additional items and materials on the subject of water and its intersection with a variety of topics including technology, international relations, legal issues, legislation, development, urban systems, and environmentalism. The Natural Resources Defense Council Records, Chester Bowles Papers, John V. Lindsay Papers, Edward J. Logue, Ogden Rogers Reid Papers, and the William Kent Family Papers have primary source coverage of these papers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Josh Cochran or Bill Landis at MSSA for information about these and other sources at Yale Archives.