Mellon Foundation Collections Collaborative at Yale University

This page provides links to the documents relating to the Mellon Collections Collaborative initiative at Yale University.

The goal of the Collections Collaborative project is to enhance access to and use of library and museum collections across the university. Generally termed “special collections” in libraries, these collections comprise an extraordinary wealth of resources for teaching, learning, and research, but are often inadequately visible and accessible because of the need for specialized resources and skills to acquire, preserve, organize, and provide access to them. They serve as both a microcosm of the need for greater integration across Yale collections as well as a universe of underutilized collection materials in their own right.

The outcomes of the initiative will include: 1) the development and testing of technical systems to provide comprehensive and integrated access for users to collection holdings across repositories, 2) the development of training programs for reference staff to increase the number of staff knowledgeable about collections at Yale and to improve their ability to assist users in discovering them, and 3) the establishment of appropriate methods of sharing resources across repositories to expedite the processing and availability of Yale collections. At the same time, it will develop a sustainable structure through which Yale repositories can discuss issues of common concern, share information on investigations and developments that they pursue, and develop collaborative programs and projects to address those issues and leverage their specialized knowledge and resources.

For more information, please contact the Principal Investigator: Martha Smalley (email:; phone: 203 432-5289.)