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HIST 215J The Art of Biography Research Guide: Home

This course guide is intended to assist students in their research projects for the course The Art of Biography (HIST 215J), taught by Professor John Gaddis during Spring term 2022 at Yale University. The selection of resources included in this guide is not intended to be comprehensive.

Library Contacts

Students in HIST 215J should feel free to contact any of the following librarians as a starting point for research assistance with their projects for this course.

  • James Kessenides: Kaplanoff Librarian for American History -
  • Bill Landis: Associate Director for Public Services, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library - 
  • George Miles: Curator, Western Americana Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library - 
  • Martha Smalley: Special Collections Consultant, Divinity Library Special Collections - 

Yale Library Search Tools

The main search tools for finding books, articles, databases, archival collections, and more at Yale (and beyond) can all be found on the "Find, Request, and Use" page of the library's website. Here are a few quick refreshers, but be sure to visit the page for a full overview: