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Exhibit: 1950s Photography of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

The nine historic photographs of the iconic Great Hall of the People in this exhibit are chosen from an extensive archive of over 10,000 photographs collected by the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd. (BIAD). These photographs, on display for the first time outside of China, provide a visual documentation of the construction process of the Great Hall of the People from 1958 to 1959.

Exhibit: Student Research on the History of Women at Yale

***All library exhibitions are closed until further notice as part of the university’s COVID-19 response. We invite you to visit our online exhibitions***

In conjunction with the 50 Women at Yale 150 campus-wide celebration, two Yale College seniors have curated side-by-side exhibits on two different aspects of women at Yale using materials from library collections.

From East to West: History of the Chinese Collection at Yale 1849-2019

Yale University Library has been collecting Chinese-language materials for 170 years. Six titles of Chinese classical texts were deposited at Yale in August 1849, making the College Library the first academic library in the United States to collect Chinese-language books. Samuel Wells Williams, the inaugural Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Yale, was largely responsible for the earliest acquisitions for the Library. Yung Wing, the first Chinese citizen to graduate from a major American college, was the most important contributor to the founding of Yale’s Chinese Collection.

Down Through the Years: The Legacy of the Yale Black Seminarians

For the African American community, the 1960s was a period marked by significant movements in the struggle of social change and racial uplift. From the Civil Rights Movement to the rise of Black Power, African Americans shaped an ideology centered around Black Consciousness and the Black Church held an important role, serving as a locus for justice and resistance.

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