These collections are key archival resources for the history of women at Yale University, from students to staff to financial patrons. We recommend that researchers begin their research with these collections, especially if they are interested in the history of Yale women in the twentieth century. Clicking on the name of each collection will take you to the finding aid for that collection. From there, individual boxes may be ordered through Archives at Yale.
The records of the Office on the Education of Women (previously known as the Coeducation Office) document all aspects of Yale University's transition to undergraduate coeducation, as well as the status of women at Yale and women in academe.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized versions of printed issues of the Yale Daily News, the student newspaper of Yale University. The full text of these issues is indexed and searchable through the web interface. The historical archive begins in 1878 and ends in 1995 and access to the digital content is open to the world, representing 20,623 issues (including some special issues and supplements).
This box is part of MS1258 (Yale Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection). David Lee Saurer was an undergraduate student in Yale College (1970) who compiled resources on the history of women at Yale University prior to 1969, when Yale College became coeducational. Saurer especially gathered information on "first" women: first women students in the various graduate and professional schools, first women to be Yale faculty, etc. He intended to write an essay based on this research, and while the essay never materialized, his research materials give a valuable overview of women's history at Yale.
Collection contains materials related to the Yale Women's Coordinating Council (YWCC), the administrative assembly of members of various Yale organizations. During the early years of full coeducation, the YWCC coordinated programs, interest groups, communications, and served as a sounding board for all women at Yale.
The Manuscripts and Archives Digital Library contains digital reproductions of photographs, posters, drawings, text documents, and other images taken from the research collections of Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. The database includes photographs of women as staff, faculty, and students at Yale, particularly in the decades after full coeducation (1969).
Collection contains the records of Reuben A. Holden during his tenure as Secretary of Yale University. Holden helped oversee the coeducation of Yale College, and his records contain a number of interesting materials related to coeducation and women faculty at Yale. Of particular interest is a press release entitled "Yale and the Female," briefly summarizing some of the history of women at Yale prior to coeducation, to be found in Series II, Box 58, folder 388.