About the University Archives

Since 1939, the University Archives has served as the official repository for the historical records of Yale University.  Records held at the University Archives span nearly nine miles from end to end in all forms, from traditional paper and photographs, maps and architectural drawings and three- dimensional objects, to modern digital records, images and video.  Records from the University Archives play a vital role in supporting University operations and teaching and research across a variety of disciplines. 

The University Archives do not only document the academic and administrative histories of the University since 1701.  They also contain diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence and memorabilia donated by alumni to document their years at Yale.  Thanks to these donations, students today have an unfiltered view into the lives of students who attended Yale during the past three centuries.  Visit Archives at Yale to begin your search into Yale’s history.  

Questions may be sent to the University Archivist at archives@yale.edu