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.

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