Get the Benefits of Yale From Home with Yale Digital Commons

Yale University has launched an initiative that will allow the global public access to its vast creative, intellectual and historical collections. Read more about how the university is posting its resources online and making them open and available to anyone with an Internet connection.

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About Yale University's Online Collections Catalog

Since 2001, Yale University has been on the forefront of open access, posting undergraduate syllabi, lectures and course notes on the Web. More recently, the Ivy League institution has gone a step further: In May 2011, the university announced that it would allow the public virtual access to its formerly private collections of art, antiques, artifacts and historical records. Anyone who visits the site can freely comb through, download and reuse catalogued images and other resources from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University Art Gallery and Yale University Library. While not all records and collections have been uploaded yet, the university's combined digital resources exceed one million.

Types of Works Available

Since the project began, there have been over a quarter-of-a-million images added to the public catalog, known as Yale Digital Commons. Besides photographs, there are audio and video files available. Each resource has a page that offers details specific to the original piece, such as the creator's name, date of creation, medium and dimensions.

The site boasts images of:

  • Statues and busts
  • Historical figurines
  • Fossils
  • Maps
  • Manuscripts and pages from rare books
  • Drawings and paintings
  • Musical score sheets
  • Period jewelry

Site Search Functions

Individuals who visit Yale Digital Commons can type in what they're looking for in a site search box. Depending on the subject, visitors can narrow a search by:

  • Online availability
  • Contributing institution
  • Collection
  • Creator
  • Era
  • Genre
  • Type
  • Topic
  • Region

Once the list of available resources is revealed, visitors can then organize their query. In addition, a drop-box at the top of each screen allows users to sort by date (ascending or descending order), title or relevance to the search term. The ease of searching and availability of information provides an opportunity for individuals who don't attend Yale to benefit from its centuries-old culture and erudition.

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