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Yale and New Haven, Yale and the World: Postcards from the Yale University Library

Yale and New Haven, Yale and the World: Postcards from the Yale University Library Collections.
June 1 – September 5

This exhibit, currently in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library (diagonally opposite the circulation desk), presents a history focusing on Yale's changing role in the New Haven community over the past two centuries, incorporating the local history of Yale into a broader narrative of the University’s involvement in international affairs over the same time period. Drawing on the Library’s numerous collections of historic postcards, the exhibit represents over 30 countries and 310 years of Yale history—from a postcard of Yale’s first cornerstone in Old Saybrook, CT, to a gift of commemorative postcards for President Levin. At once visual and textual, private and public, mass-produced and deeply personal, the postcard offers fascinating inroads to understanding how notions of Yale and the world have changed over time, and what responsibilities lie ahead for Yale in the years to come.