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Overview  |  18th Century  |  19th Century  |  20th Century  |  Credits

Southern History at Yale  |  New Criticism  |  The Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Collection  |  Yale's Changing Face  |  Woodbrige Hall and the White House

The 20th Century: Yale's Changing Face

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Mary C. Wright
Professor Wright was the first tenured woman in the arts and sciences at Yale. She and her husband came to Yale from Stanford in 1959, where she was China curator for the Hoover Library. While at Yale she focused on the processes of revolution in China. She helped found the Society for Ch'ing Studies and its journal Ch'ing-shih wen-t'i. Through her teaching, Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History, chose Chinese History as his field of specialization.

Above: Mary C. Wright (1917-1970) b. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Professor of History

Below: John K. Fairbank, Chairman of Far East Studies at Harvard, to George W. Pierson, Chairman of the Yale History Department, March 2, 1959