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AMST 190/URBN 307: Race, Class, and Gender in American Cities: Materials Used in Class Session


The following entries highlight the archival collection materials used in the archives workshop for this class held in the International Room, Sterling Memorial Library, on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. Additionally, the following online guides will assist you in using Yale's special collections and finding primary sources for your research project.

While you're exploring the collection box in front of you and preparing to tell your fellow students something about the materials it contains, it may be useful to consider some of the following questions:

  1. Who created the materials you're looking at? When and where were they created?
  2. What is going on in the folders you looked at? What is the context for the document(s)? For what purpose(s) were they created?
  3. Whose perspective(s) comes through in the document(s) you examined? Whose doesn’t?
  4. How do the materials relate to the readings, themes, questions, and discussions you've encountered in this course so far?
  5. What potential research questions do the materials raise?
  6. Did anything surprise you when looking at the folders in your collection?

Materials used in class

William C. Bullitt Papers (MS 112): Correspondence, government documents, writings, speeches, photographs, research materials, printed matter, motion picture film, and other material which document William C. Bullitt's career as a diplomat and journalist and his personal and family life.

Richard C. Lee Papers (MS 318): Correspondence, memoranda, position papers, reports, speeches, appointment books, photographs, scrapbooks, and films documenting the career of Richard C. Lee, mayor of New Haven, 1954-1969. The Lee Papers document the professional and public life of Lee, not his personal life. The papers contain correspondence and other materials on the practice of urban politics, urban renewal, New Haven's efforts in the war on poverty, civil rights and race relations, town-gown relations, and his interaction with local and state Democratic Party leaders. The papers also include campaign files covering the period 1949-1968, appointment books, photographs documenting the course of redevelopment, a small amount of material on Lee's life after he left office, and political scrapbooks.

  • Series V, Box 141: 
    • Folders 2388-2389 -- 2 envelopes labelled "New Haven Photos," 1958.
    • Folders 2400-2401 -- 2 envelopes labelled "New Haven Photos," 1959.
  • Series V, Box 142: 
    • Folders 2409-2413 -- 5 envelopes labelled "New Haven Photos," 1960.
    • Folder 2423 -- 1 envelope labelled "New Haven Photos," 1961.
    • Folders 2437-2438 -- 2 envelopes labelled "New Haven Photos," 1963.
  • Series V, Box 143: Folder 2449 -- 1 envelope labelled "New Haven Photos," 1964.

John V. Lindsay Papers (MS 592): The papers, the bulk of which are divided into two parts, document the life and political career of John V. Lindsay from his student days at Yale University through his two terms as mayor of New York City, 1965-1973.

Edward J. Logue Papers (MS 959): The papers consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, designs, photographs, audiovisual materials, clippings, printed material, and miscellanea documenting the personal life and professional career of Edward J. Logue, lawyer, politician, and urban planner and administrator. Urban planning materials detail his activity in New Haven, Boston, and New York state. Urban Development Corporation files provide similar documentation for Logue's work in New York state. Boston mayoral files and scrapbooks include additional documentation on Logue's political career, his redevelopment work, and the city of Boston.

Robert Moses Papers (MS 360): Mimeographed and printed matter, together with a few photocopies of letters, compiled by Robert Moses. These form a record of projects which he sponsored or was connected with, particularly the New York World's Fair (1964-1965), the Power Authority of the state of New York, various New York City urban redevelopment projects, and the Triborough Bridge Authority. Also clippings of newspaper and magazine articles by and about him, texts of speeches and reports by agencies of which he was a member.

May Day Rally and Yale Collection (RU 86): Correspondence, press releases, oral history transcripts, objects, and printed material documenting the 1970 May Day rally in New Haven, Connecticut, and the responses of Yale students, faculty, and administrators to the Black Panther trial in New Haven. Also include Black Panther Party publications.

New Haven Redevelopment Agency Records (MS 1814): Project files, minutes, correspondence, and property records, documenting the work of the New Haven Redevelopment Agency, primarily from the 1950s to the 1980s.

  • Series VI, Box 90Folders on "Human Rights" containing clippings, correspondence, printed publications, and so forth. See especially:
    • Folder containing issues of the newsletter of the American Independent Movement (A.I.M.), based in New Haven.
    • Folder containing issues of The Crow, a newspaper "written for and by New Haven, Connecticut's, Black Community."
    • Folder labelled "Urban Coalition." 
  • Series XV, Box 249:  See especially:
    • Folders at the front of the box containing various New Haven newspapers and publications, especially Horizontes, the "bilingual newspaper of Connecticut," and the New Haven Advocate, "the alternative in Southern Connecticut."
    • Folders at the back of the box containing annual reports from urban renewal/redevelopment authorities in other cities.