The photographic holdings in the Department of Manuscripts and Archives help advance the mission to make primary source materials available to the research community and to preserve the history of Yale University. Our photographs document the history of Yale University; the history of individuals, families, and organizations from around the United States, including their interactions with other countries, especially in Europe; and the history and culture of various geographical regions, including East Asia, Latin America, and Africa. An increasing number of digital images are available from the Manuscripts and Archives Digital Images Database (MADID) at http://images.library.yale.edu/madid/.
Photographic holdings are so broad that there is usually something in our collection for everybody. Specific highlights include Yale history, curatorial collecting from various regions of the world, architecture collections, exploration and geography, aviation, and science.