Manuscripts and Archives (MSSA), in Sterling Memorial Library, offers the Manuscripts and Archives Diane Kaplan Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Senior Essay Based on Research Done in Manuscripts and Archives. Each year up to two undergraduate student prizes are awarded, in memory of our colleague Diane E. Kaplan, who was instrumental in making these prizes available to Yale College seniors. The prizes are for an outstanding senior essay, on any topic (including Yale history), based substantially on research done in Manuscripts and Archives.
For more information see the prize website.
Prize-winning essays from previous years are available below.
Essays from 2018
From Paris to New Haven: Maurice Rotival and the Longue Durée of Urban Renewal, H. William Bernstein
Essays from 2017
Essays from 2016
Internal Affairs: Untold Case Studies of World War I German Internment, Jacob L. Wasserman
Essays from 2015
The True University: Yale's Library from 1843 to 1931, Elizabeth D. James
Insurgent Labor Activists at Yale, 1968-1971, Raymond L. Noonan III
Essays from 2014
Essays from 2013
Who Governed Yale? Kingman Brewster and Higher Education in the 1970s, Nathaniel Zelinsky
Essays from 2012
Essays from 2010
Essays from 2009
Essays from 2008
Essays from 2007
Essays from 2005
Surviving the Death of God: Existentialism, God, and Man at Post-WWII Yale, Robert Tice Lalka