Historical Documents

Dr. Goel collects historical documents as a hobby.  He has donated manuscripts and collections to the Yale University Library, Amherst College Library, Forest History Society, and the Minnesota Historical Society. Highlights from these collections 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.  200+ documents related to Yale history from the 1700s to present day.  The collection includes documents related to Yale’s 1st student (Jacob Heminway 1704), 1st Chinese student (Yung Wing 1854), 1st Native American student (Henry Roe Cloud BA 1910 MA 1914), and 1st African American PhD candidate (Edward Bouchet BA 1874, PhD 1876). (Yale Library finding aid | ProtectingSight blog post)
  2. Ravi D. Collection on Henry Roe Cloud (MS 2008). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. 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. (Yale Library finding aid | ProtectingSight blog post | Yale Club Washington DC Symposium)
  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. (Yale Library finding aid | ProtectingSight blog post)
  4. Ravi D. Goel collection on Philip Dodson Sprouse, 1939-2019. US Ambassador Philip D. Sprouse (Cambodia) was well connected with many giants of American diplomacy. He wrote the final report after he accompanied Gen. George C. Marshall to China in 1945-47, a fact documented in his 1977 New York Times obituary. His papers include highly sensitive issues regarding postings around the world. He appears to be quite close to Secretary of State Dean Acheson (Yale 1915). The collection includes a carbon copy of a letter, introducing Sprouse, which Secretary Acheson sent to the King of Cambodia. (Yale Library finding aid)

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 (1898-1987) was born in New Haven and studied at the Yale School of Music from 1908-1913. He then studied at the Institute of Musical Art (later the Julliard School) and in Europe with Artur Schnabel. (Yale Library finding aid)

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

  1. Ravi D. Goel Collection of Frederic Taber Cooper. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. American editor, literary critic and author Frederic Taber Cooper (1864-1937) was a Harvard AB, Columbia LLB, AM, PhD, and an associate professor of Latin and Sanskrit at New York University (1895-1902).  The Frederic Taber Cooper collection includes a rare draft fragment from Frank Norris’ acclaimed novel, The Octopus. (Yale Library finding aid | ProtectingSight blog post)
  2. Ravi D. Goel Collection of John J. Slocum Papers Relating to James Joyce. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. John Jermain Slocum (1914–1997), Harvard College Class of 1936, was a diplomat, book collector, literary agent, and scholar. He was among the pre-eminent James Joyce collectors in the 20th century. The Slocum letters and correspondence are filled with “Joyceana after Joyce.” In addition to Yale Library correspondence, the letters include correspondence among the leading Joyce collectors of the early 20th century. The details complement Joyce-related archives throughout the United States and Ireland. (Yale Library finding aid | ProtectingSight blog post)

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. 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.  The sermons were donated in honor of Amherst College’s 2021 bicentennial anniversary. (Amherst Library finding aid | ProtectingSight blog post)

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.  Includes a poem which Bob Marshall — an early forester, conservationist, and co-founder of The Wilderness Society — writes to his friend & forestry icon Raphael Zon. (Forest History Society finding aid)

Gale Family Library, Minnesota Historical Society

Ravi D. Goel collection of Samuel James Renwick McMillan family papers, 1818-1956, Minnesota Historical Society. Samuel James Renwick McMillan was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania and moved to Minnesota in 1852. Minnesota became the 32nd US state on May 11, 1858 and McMillan was named the first judge of the newly formed Minnesota District Court. McMillan served as the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court (1864 -75) and US Senator from Minnesota (1875-87). The Samuel James Renwick McMillan collection includes photos, personal letters, transcribed documents, and printed publications from 1818 to 1956.  These papers span five generations & start with a direct connection to the Revolutionary War. (Minnesota Historical Society finding aid | ProtectingSight blog post)

An introduction to collection highlights displayed at the Yale Class of 1993 25th reunion:

The Frederic Taber Cooper Collection includes a fragment from Frank Norris’ novel The Octopus: