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YALE & THE WAR

“It is difficult to conceive of an ideal more lofty, more worthy of the very finest of human aspiration. The memory of their ideal and what they did to reach it constitutes a fiery challenge to the devotion of Yale men in peace or war, so long as she may endure. We will have done at least something to keep faith with those who sleep if this memorial carries a spark of that spirit to those who are yet to be sons of Yale."
— F. Trubee Davison, dedicating Yale’s World War I Memorial, 19 June 1927

EXAMPLES OF SECONDARY SOURCES

  • Brooks Mather Kelley, Yale: A History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974).
  • George Wilson Pierson, Yale College, An Educational History 1871-1921 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1952).
  • Robert Genthe, American War Narratives 1917-1918: A Study and Bibliography (New York: David Lewis, 1969).

AREAS TO EXPLORE

  • The experience of war
  • Recruitment and military training of Yale students
    — before the war
    — during the war
  • Remembering the war
    — memorial books
    — the Alumni War Memorial

EXAMPLES OF MATERIALS RELATED TO YALE AND THE WAR

YALE PUBLICATIONS
  • George Henry Nettleton (ed.), Yale in the World War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1925) Ydd2 914 +925n 1, Manuscripts and Archives Reference Center.
  • The Yale Alumni Weekly (New Haven : [s.n.], 1891-1937) Yh10 A12+ Oversize. Manuscripts and Archives — see stories published during the war, e.g. G. Arthur Hadsell, “A Yale Officer First to Reach France” Yale Alumni Weekly 1 February 1918.
  • The Yale Daily News (New Haven: Yale Daily News, 1878-2003/4). Available online at http://images.library.yale.edu/digitalcollections/ydnperiods.aspx or on microfilm Film HM91. Manuscripts and Archives.
    —see stories published during the war, e.g. “Former Undergraduate Tells of Experience Under Fire”, Yale Daily News 30 October 1917.
    — stories after the war relating to memorial activities, e.g. “Yale Alumni to Honor the Memory of the War Dead, Cenotaph and Colonnade form Memorial on South Side if the Yale Dining Hall” Yale Daily News 1 June 1927.
  • Parker, Horatio W.: A.D. 1919: a commemorative poem, by Brian Hooker. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1919) Musical score. Yns72 1919 +H76. Manuscripts and Archives.
ARCHIVES
  • Records of the Secretary’s Office, Yale University, 1899-1953 (inclusive). RU49. 159.75 linear feet. Manuscripts and Archives.
  • Records of the Treasurer of Yale University. 1700-1971. RU 151. 357.5 linear ft.
  • Beer family papers, 1740-1981 (inclusive), 1827-1981 (bulk). 75.5 linear ft. MS 73. Manuscripts and Archives.
Yale in the World War

Yale in the World War, Memorial publication commemorating Yale's involvement in the War.

USE ORBIS TO FIND BOOKS, PAMPHLETS, ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

  • World War, 1914-1918—Yale and the war