Manuscripts and Archives (MSSA), in Sterling Memorial Library, offers the Manuscripts and Archives Diane Kaplan Memorial Senior Essay Prize. 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 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