Where can I find Yale College senior essays?
Yale does not have an institutionalized system in place to preserve undergraduate senior essays. The few copies of undergraduate essays that have been retained were collected for a specific reason, such as their having won a prize. These can be found by searching the Archives at Yale (https://archives.yale.edu/), which describes and enables access to archival and manuscript collections at Yale.
In all likelihood, senior essays will be found in three collections:
Department of History, Yale University, Senior Prize Essays, RU 170 (https://archives.yale.edu/repositories/12/resources/2616)
Senior Honor Essays of Yale Students, RU 118 (https://archives.yale.edu/repositories/12/resources/2773)
The Yale Student Papers Collection, RU 331 (https://archives.yale.edu/repositories/12/resources/2803)
If you find the essay that you’re looking for, you may request the original for use at Manuscripts and Archives or to have a copy made.
Please see our website for more information about registering as a Manuscripts and Archives Researcher and requesting material for use in the reading room: https://guides.library.yale.edu/mssa_info/register.