Manuscripts and Archives (MSSA), in Sterling Memorial Library, offers the Manuscripts and Archives Diane Kaplan Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Senior Essay on Yale. The prize is given in memory of our colleague Diane E. Kaplan, an archivist who worked creatively to introduce Yale College students to archival collections and was instrumental in the creation of the prize.

The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 cash prize, which will be presented at the student's residential college commencement ceremony. Essays from any department are eligible for consideration. Faculty and others may encourage submissions, but students must submit the essays themselves for prize consideration. The essay prize submission and judging process takes place each year in March-April.

Prize-winning essays from previous years are available below.

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Essays from 2015

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The True University: Yale's Library from 1843 to 1931, Elizabeth D. James