Lemon's mix: Yale University

Friday, July 11, 2014

Yale University

Last week when we returned from New York to Boston, we also made a stop at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Chiefly, the university is known as one of the prestigious universities in the world and as the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Yale comprises also three major academic components: The Yale College (undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and 13 further professional schools like the top ranked Law School, the highly ranked School of Medicine and the School of Management. Yale University has also quite a few notable graduates like

the 42nd President of the United States; Bill Clinton,
the 43rd President of the United States; George W. Bush,
the former Prime Minister of Italy; Mario Monti
and actress Meryl Streep.

And since I´m currently a resident of Boston and very familiar with other top ranked universities like Harvard and MIT, for me it was even more interesting to see once the Yale Campus.

Old Campus, Yale Univerity © Lemon's mix

So once arrived at College Street in New Haven, we started our self guided tour with the Old Campus and the Connecticut Hall, which is the oldest building on the entire campus (constructed between 1750 and 1752).

Connecticut Hall, Old Campus © Lemon's mix

Next we've visited the windowless Beinecke Library which is devoted to rare books and manuscripts. The white, gray-veined marble panes of the exterior are one and one-quarter inches thick and are framed by shaped light gray Vermont Woodbury granite. These marble panels filter light so that rare materials can be displayed without damage.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library © Lemon's mix

Inside the Beinecke Library are six major collections: The General Collection of Early Books and Manuscripts, the General Collection of Modern Books and Manuscripts, the Collection of Western Americana, the Collection of American Literature, the German Literature Collection, and the Osborn Collection of English Literary and Historical Manuscripts. And as you can see, all collections are housed in a very impressive six-story glass tower!

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library © Lemon's mix
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library © Lemon's mix
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library © Lemon's mix
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library © Lemon's mix

The oldest item in their collection is a Gutenberg Bible, which is the first Western book printed from movable typefrom.

Gutenberg Bible, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library © Lemon's mix

Right after the Beinecke Library, we stopped at Yale's dining hall called Commons and at a few more buildings along Wall Street and Elm Street to complete our tour. So overall, I really enjoyed walking around the Yale campus and would truly recommend it to anyone!

Entrance Memorial Hall © Lemon's mix

Yale Commons © Lemon's mix

Sterling Law Building / Law School © Lemon's mix