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Alumni Records Office, Yale University, records of alumni from the Classes of 1701-1978

Call Number: RU 830

Scope and Contents

The series have varied filing schemes for graduate and non-graduate files, and the type of degree received.

Graduates and Non-Graduates . In general, non-graduate files are identified with an "x" either before or after the year of graduation. In some sections, graduate and non-graduate files in the same class are filed together in alphabetical order. In other sections, the non-graduate files follow the graduate files of the same class. In still other sections, the non-graduate files are kept completely separate from the chronological sequence of the graduate files. If a file is not found in the graduate section, make sure to also check among the non-graduate files.

Type of Degree . In some sections, graduate files with different types of degrees are interfiled according to their class. In other sections, graduate files with different types of degrees are filed separately with their own chronological sequence.

The following explanations for each series will show the varied treatment of files for graduates and non-graduates, and different types of degrees. The explanations should be used in conjunction with the box list.


  • 1868-2006


Conditions Governing Access

Alumni records are restricted for 75 years from the last known date of attendance.

Some records in this finding aid have been redacted, as they include student names, donor names, and other restricted data. These records will not appear in the published finding aid.


The records are arranged in eleven series: I. Yale College. II. Sheffield Scientific School. III. School of Medicine. IV. Law School. V. Divinity School. VI. Graduate School of Arts & Science. VII. School of Nursing. VIII. Honorary Degrees. IX. School of Music. X. Art and Architecture XI. School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; and in subsequent accessions.


1561.5 Linear Feet (1253 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The records consist of biographical information about Yale graduates and non-graduates from the Classes of 1701-1978. Files on individual alumni may contain addresses, freshman registration forms, obituaries, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Also included are informational cards documenting occupations, places of employment, other degrees, accomplishments, spouses, and children.

General note

Forms part of Yale Record Group 8-B (YRG 8-B), Records on individual Yale alumni.

Appendix: Codes Used for Fine Arts Degrees List

bfa-aBachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture
bfa-dBachelor of Fine Arts in Drama
bfa-pBachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
bfa-sBachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture
mfa-aMaster of Fine Arts in Architecture
mfa-dMaster of Fine Arts in Drama
mfa-gMaster of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
mfa-pMaster of Fine Arts in Painting
mfa-sMaster of Fine Arts in Sculpture
dfa-dDoctor of Fine Arts in Drama
cart, artcArt Certificate
cdrDrama Certificate
b-archBachelor of Architecture
m-archMaster of Architecture
c-archCertificate of Architecture
mcpMaster of City Planning
mursMaster of Urban Studies
-aaNon-graduate, Architecture
-acpNon-graduate, City Planning
-adNon-graduate, Drama
-apNon-graduate, Painting
-asNon-graduate, Sculpture

Processing Information

Yale University records are arranged and described at the accession level by the creating office. The University Archives creates collection level descriptive records, but typically does no further arrangement and description at the accession level.

Guide to the Alumni Records Office, Yale University, Records of Alumni from the Classes of 1701-1978
Under Revision
compiled by Manuscripts and Archives Staff
March 2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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