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Arts Library Special Collections: Photo MFA Portfolios

Resources available in the Special Collections of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.

Today's Hours

The ALSC reading room is open:

  • Fall and Spring semesters: Monday-Thursday 1pm-4:30pm and Friday 10am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm
  • Summer Sessions: Monday-Friday 1pm-4:00pm
  • Appointments may be required during recess

To find current access policy for non-Yale researchers, please see Plan your visit.

Questions? Visit Accessing Arts Library Special Collections guide or contact us at

Quick Results

To see all photo portfolios sorted by date, go to:

This searches Orbis and sorts the results by "Publication Date Descending"

Currently, the photo portfolios for 2010 and 2011 are not available via Orbis but you can find them here, via Archives at Yale.

Search Tips

Do you want to sort your results by year? Use the drop down menu on the upper right side of the results page.

  • Publication Date = Oldest first
  • Publications Date Descending = Newest first

Accessing Photography MFA Portfolios

To search for Yale photography thesis portfolios books, we recommend using Orbis, instead of Quicksearch.

From the Library home page navigate to Orbis by clicking Books and More.

Yale University Library home page showing link to "Books and More (Orbis)"


For all available Yale photo portfolios, use these key words: yale M.F.A. photography thesis (see also Temporary Acccess to 2010 and 2011 Photography Portfolios)

Search for "Yale photography M.F.A. thesis" in Orbis


For Yale photo portfolios for a specific year, add the year-- for instance: yale photography M.F.A. thesis 2019

Search for "Yale photography M.F.A. thesis 2019" in Orbis


For a thesis book by a specific photographer, add their name-- for instance: yale M.F.A. photography thesis Genesis Baez

Search for "Yale photography M.F.A. thesis Genesis Baez" in Orbis


Once you find a thesis you want to see, use the link to Request for use in the Arts Library Special Collections and fill out the form to finish your request.

Search results in Orbis: catalog record for Genesis Baez's photo portfolio

Temporary Acccess to 2010 and 2011 Photography Portfolios

We are working on making better records that are easier to find and interpret for all the photo portfolios. Currently, the photo portfolios for 2010 and 2011 are not available via Orbis but you can find them here, via Archives at Yale.

Note: Once we create records in the library catalog, accessible via Orbis, we will discontinue access via Archives at Yale. 2019 and more recent years are not in Archives at Yale.

Associate Director for Special Collections

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Kathy Bohlman
Haas Arts Library Special Collections
(203) 432-7074