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Yale University Master of Fine Arts Theses in Photography

Call Number: AOB 36

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of over 300 individual Master of Fine Arts theses from 1971 to the present. The theses are most often in the format of a portfolio of photographic prints, though some theses are also in book form. Individual records for the MFA theses are also available in the library catalog.


  • 1971-2017


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Most of the collection is housed at the Library Shelving Facility and must be requested at least 48 hours in advance.

Only use copies of magnetic or digital media may be viewed.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the School of Art.


Arranged chronologically by year of completion/graduation and then alphabetically by student’s last name within each year.


75 Linear Feet (338 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The collection consists of over 300 individual MFA theses in photography from 1971 to the present.

Biographical / Historical

Originally part of the Graphic Design graduate program, Photography became an independent MFA program in the early 1970s. This two-year course of study provides instruction in black-and-white and color photography as well as nonsilver processes and digital image production. The program is committed to a broad definition of photography as a lens-based medium open to a variety of expressive means.

Guide to the Yale University Master of Fine Arts Theses in Photography
Compiled by Eva Wrightson and Arts Library staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections Repository

Arts Library Special Collections
180 York Street
New Haven CT 06511

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