We Were Always Here: Celebrating All Women at Yale

This exhibition presents a chronology of women’s presence at Yale by honoring women—the named and unnamed, the seen and unseen—whose heroic efforts have contributed to and enriched Yale University immensely. For centuries mostly unrecognized and in supportive roles, traces of women’s contributions to Yale can be found in a variety of sources, including treasurer’s papers, payroll records, directories, diaries, travel photos, and other people’s memoirs. As food service workers, telephone operators, secretaries, programmers, students, faculty, deans, administrators, and more, women have always been a part of the life and history of Yale University.


We Were Always Here: Celebrating All Women at Yale was co-curated by Gwyneth Crowley, Librarian for Economics, Psychology and Statistics and Data Science at the Marx Science and Social Science Library and Judith A. Schiff, Chief Research Archivist for Manuscripts & Archives. They were advised by Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, & Paintings at the Lewis Walpole Library. Planning for this exhibit was managed by Kerri Sancomb, Library Exhibits Program Manager; Sarah Davis, Library Exhibits Technician; and Bill Landis, Associate Director for Public Services for Manuscripts and Archives. This online exhibition was created by Sarah Davis.