This guide is intended to facilitate research on the history of women at Yale. There are a wealth of primary sources to explore related to the multifaceted history of women as part of the University's community.
Users will find resources in the tabs above, many of which lead to a more focused list of sources. Almost all of the primary sources can be found at Manuscripts and Archives in Sterling Memorial Library. Materials can be ordered by researchers through Archives at Yale and used in the Manuscripts and Archives reading room. Please note that in general these materials are stored off-site; researchers who wish to view these materials will need to order them at least forty-eight hours in advance of their visit. For more information on user policies for Manuscripts and Archives, please click here.
While this guide provides a broad overview of Yale’s institutional collections related to women and women's experiences, it is not exhaustive. Researchers who are interested in particular aspects of these histories are encouraged to search the finding aids using specific keywords (i.e., “Title IX,” “Women’s studies courses,” “Lucinda Foote,” etc.) Researchers can also reach out to Manuscripts and Archives staff with any questions. For more specialized topics, it is likely that researchers will find collections where only some of the boxes or folders – not the entire collection – are relevant. Any restrictions on archival material will be noted on a collection’s finding aid.
We hope that this guide will help you explore this crucial aspect of Yale University’s history!