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.
Essays from 2017
Essays from 2016
Essays from 2015
The True University: Yale's Library from 1843 to 1931, Elizabeth D. James
Essays from 2014
Essays from 2013
Who Governed Yale? Kingman Brewster and Higher Education in the 1970s, Nathaniel Zelinsky