Happy Birthday Yale! Here’s what the campus looked like in the 1800s

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The Yale polo team in 1932.
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Yale University celebrates its 314th birthday on Friday. It’s the third oldest university in the US; only Harvard University and the College of William and Mary are older.

Yale was founded on October 9, 1701 in New Haven, Connecticut. First named The Collegiate School of Connecticut, it was renamed Yale University after Elihu Yale provided a generous donation to the school in 1718.

Scroll through the photos below to see what life on campus was like in the 1800s:


A photograph of Hamilton Park in the 1870s which hosted Yale sporting events. “One of the most historically famous athletic spots in America has been removed,” The New York Times wrote when it was demolished in 1913.

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Yale University’s 1877 crew team

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The 1878 Yale Football Team

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Members of the Yale college class of 1878 sit on the fence facing Chapel Street.

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Several members of the Yale College Class of 1884 pose for a photo.

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Congress Avenue after The Great Blizzard of 1888. From March 11 to 14 in 1888, New Haven received 45 inches of snow.

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The Yale College Class of 1891. Women weren’t accepted at Yale until 1969.

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Store fronts on Chapel Street at College Street around 1869.

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The New Haven Green in the late 1800s. The abundance of Elm trees resulted in New Haven’s nickname of “The Elm City.”

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A dorm room in Durfee Hall at the turn of the 20th century.

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