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Architectural drawings and maps of Yale University buildings and grounds

Call Number: RU 1
Scope and Contents

The materials consist of design, preliminary, working, shop, and "as built" architectural drawings and maps of buildings and grounds owned or used by Yale University. The drawings range from original concepts to full scale details of equipment and ornamentation. The media vary from water colors, pen and ink sketches, pencil on tracing paper drawings to blueprints and photostats.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research. Series I is available on aperture cards, and patrons must use the aperture cards instead of the original drawings. Special permission from the Head of Manuscripts and Archives is required to use original drawings in Series I.

Original born digital files, as well as preservation masters, may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist request that they be made. Born digital files cannot be accessed remotely. System requirements include a Manuscripts and Archives computer and file viewing software.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The drawings and maps included in this collection have come from a variety of sources, including transfers from the Yale offices concerned with building design, construction, and maintenance; other Yale offices; and individual donors. Additional drawings and maps of Yale buildings and facilities that do not form an integral body of records on their own are added to this collection.


The materials are arranged in two series: Series I. Drawings accessioned before 1980 and subsequently microfilmed. Series II. Drawings accessioned since 1980 and not microfilmed.

circa 1728-2002
1783.67 Linear Feet (868 boxes)
Language of Materials