Historical Documents

Dr. Goel collects historical documents as a hobby.  He has donated collections to the Yale University Library, Amherst College Library, and Forest History Society.  Many highlights from these collections have been digitized and are available via the finding aid links below.

Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University Library

  1. Ravi D. Goel Collection on Yale (RU 1081). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. (blog post).  200+ documents related to Yale history from the early 1700s to present day.  The collection includes documents from Yale’s 1st student (Jacob Heminway 1704), 1st Chinese student (Yung Wing 1854), and 1st Native American student (Henry Roe Cloud BA 1910 MA 1914, see below).  There is an additional item related to Edward Bouchet 1874, who until about 2015 was considered to be the 1st African American student to attend Yale.  Recently discovered documents now favor Richard Henry Green 1857 as the 1st African American student.
  2. Ravi D. Goel Collection on Henry Roe Cloud (MS 2008). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. (blog post) Henry Roe Cloud, a Ho-Chunk Native American & member of the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska, is the first known Native American to graduate from Yale College (BA 1910, MA 1914).  The collection includes his Yale degrees, private papers, numerous photos (including his Elihu Club delegation photo), and the original manuscript of his famous 1915 essay, “From Wigwam to Pulpit: A Red Man’s Own Story of His Progress from Dark to Light.”  There is rich material for a Yale senior essay in just this collection. 
  3. Yale Skull & Bones Delegation of 1966 Photo Album. Includes former Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Fedex founder Fred Smith, Vietnam War hero Richard Warren Pershing among many luminaries of a most extraordinary Russell Trust Association delegation. (blog post)

Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University Library

Ravi D. Goel Collection of Reuven Kosakoff (MSS 130). Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University.  Reuven Kosakoff studied at the Yale School of Music from 1908-1913, and between the ages of 10-15 years.

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University Library

Ravi D. Goel Collection of Frederic Taber Cooper. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. (blog post).  The Frederic Taber Cooper collection includes a rare draft fragment from Frank Norris’ acclaimed novel, The Octopus.

Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

Ravi D. Goel Collection of George Hibbert Driver (AC 1900). Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library. (blog post) George Hibbert Driver (Amherst College 1900, Amherst MA 1904, Yale Bachelors Divinity 1905, Harvard Masters Sacred Theology 1940) was a remarkable poet, preacher and theologian.  Part I (2015) includes Driver’s poetry archive and manuscript copy of “A Fare of Poems,” one his two known published poetry works.  Part II (2019) includes his sermons.  There is potential for numerous publications & books among the Driver papers.  And especially as Amherst College celebrates its upcoming bicentennial anniversary in 2021.

Library and Archives, Forest History Society

Ravi D. Goel Collection of John R. Neetzel Papers, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.  John. R Neetzel was a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BS Forestry 1929) and University of California (MS Forestry 1930).  He had corresponded with numerous giants in American forestry, including Yale Forestry School Dean Henry S. Graves, which piqued my interest in these papers.  Includes a remarkable poem which Bob Marshall — an early forester, conservationist, and co-founder of The Wilderness Society — writes to his friend & forestry icon Raphael Zon.

This is an introduction to collection highlights displayed at the Yale Class of 1993 25th reunion:

I also introduce the Frederic Taber Cooper Collection and mention a rare fragment from Frank Norris’ epic novel The Octopus.