Yale Back in the Day

May 23, 2016 Posted in Books

From the novel:

“Yale University, that robust institution of the Nutmeg State, maintains two residence halls for its graduate students, a caste within the greater academic community that ranks above food service staff and below faculty nephews. The first, completed in 1932, is the Hall of Graduate Studies, a Gothic Revival edifice replete with interior courts, vaulted ceilings, loggias, a clock tower, witty gargoyles, and its own dining hall; HGS for short, the building closely resembles some of the fabled colleges that shelter the apex of the Yale pyramid, the undergraduates.

Several blocks east of HGS, at 420 Temple Street, stands Helen Hadley Hall, a somewhat different entertainment. Yale College did not admit undergraduate women until 1970; Hadley opened in 1958 as a residence for female graduate students resisting the reproductive imperatives of the Eisenhower Era. A five-story, pink-bricked, tar-topped rectangle bordered by a cement wall, Helen Hadley Hall expresses in its architecture the then-prevalent conviction that women of scholarship are a source of contagion.”