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Entrance to Reading Room
ENTRANCE TO READING ROOM
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ENTRANCE
     Inscription:

STERLING MEMORIAL LIBRARY

     Two panels: Moving the books from Saybrook to New 
Haven, 1718, Moving the books from Linsly Hall to the 
Sterling Memorial Library, 1930.
     Seven panels in decorative space above the door, representing 
the various-buildings in which the Yale Library has 
been housed, with the names and dates above the shields:

                   Russel House, Branford, 1701. 
                   First College building, 1717-1763. 
                   Chapel, 1763-1804. 
                   Lyceum, 1804-1825. 
                   Old Chapel, 1825-1843. 
                   Old Library, 1843-. 
                   Chittenden Hall, 1890-.
     The figure on the left of the door is a Colonial Clergyman, 
representing the Church, and on the right a Colonial 
Lawgiver, representing the State.
     The two shields on the left abutment: Lamp of Knowledge, 
Torch of Learning.
     Two shields on the right abutment: Open Book, Speculum.
     The corbels in the arch of the door: Student and Tutor,
and an Indian and a Puritan.
     The bosses: Lamps of the ages from the torch to the 
incandescent lamp: kerosene, candle, gas, incandescent, whale 
oil, Roman, and torch.

ELM STREET OR SOUTH FAÇADE

      (Catalogue Department, Main Reading Room, Yale Memorabilia, 
and Reserve Book Room.)

     On the buttress tops between the windows of the Reading 
Room are heads typical of the nationalities of the world. 
The first four are repeated at the end.



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