About Voices from the Archive

The U. B. Phillips Papers

The documents in “Voices from  the Archive” are from the Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Papers collection in Sterling Memerial Library’s Manuscripts and Archives, at Yale University. U. B. Phillips (1877-1934), came to Yale in 1929 and taught there until his death in 1934. A student of Columbia University historian William A. Dunning, Phillips was part of the Dunning School, which sympathized with slavery and the plantation system and viewed radical Reconstruction as a failure.

The Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Papers comprise 52 boxes of documents and include correspondence, business records, diaries and other papers primarily from the Piedmont region of Georgia and the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. A finding aid for the collection is online at http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0397.

Navigating The Platform

Connor Williams guides us through the structure of the Voices from the Archive project in this short youtube video. 

Project Developers

Connor Williams, a graduate student in History at Yale University, located and described the primary documents in this collection.

Bill Landis, Head Public Services, Manuscripts & Archives, Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, assisted in making high resolution scans available to the project.

John Day Tully, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, developed information and suggestions for teachers and their use of the website.

Thomas Thurston and Daniel Vieira guided the development of the project and creation of the website.

A special thanks to the many teachers from the greater New Haven area who reviewed earlier drafts of “Voices from the Archive.”

This project was made possible through a grant from the Robina Foundation.