The William Yale collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, professional material, financial material, legal material, and other items.
Manuscripts by Yale in the collection include numerous articles, short pieces, reviews, essays, and other writings. Topics include the U.S. foreign policy, diplomacy, economics, Asia, the Balkans, China, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, the Middle East region, Palestine, Russia, Syria, the King-Crane Commission, and many other topics. Book-length works include drafts of his autobiography, It Takes So Long; Allenby's Last Campaign; The Near East; Arab Lands and States of Western Asia; material for a textbook history of Russia; and suggestions and notes for a book on the Middle East. Other manuscripts by Yale include texts for radio broadcasts (1938-1959); lectures and addresses (1927-1929, 1941-1942, 1956); notes; assorted verses; "Oriental Portraits"; and "Oriental Fables"; and several reports written by Yale as "Technical Advisor to the American section of the International Commission on Mandates in Turkey (1917-1918). Manuscripts by other authors in the collection include papers by Elmer Berger, Isaiah Bowman, James Brock Gidney, Robert John and Sami Hadawi, William Ernest Hocking, Frank Maria, Richard Pipes, and several others.
Printed material in the collection includes the published versions of numerous pieces by Yale, mainly published in various magazines, journals, newspapers, and other periodicals. These pieces date from about 1922 to 1994. Also present are newspaper articles by Yale (1919-1939).
Correspondence in the collection includes both personal and professional letters to and from various individuals and organizations. The letters date from 1919 to 1971. Notable correspondents include Edmund Allenby, Ralph Bunche, Allen Dulles, John Foster Dullers, Felix Frankfurter, Gilbert Grosvenor, William Ernest Hocking, Mostafa Kamel, Elie Kedourie, Majid Khadduri, T.E. Lawrence, Walter Lippmann, Archibald MacLeish, James Reston, Arthur Sulzberger, Dorothy Thompson, Chaim Weizmann, and others. Also present are letters from Yale's father (1901-1902); various invitations; and a letter from Arthur Balfour to Viscount Samuel dated March 31, 1919, regarding the British Commission in Palestine.
Professional material includes several documents on various conferences (1940s-1950s); material on an abandoned book project of maps of Russia, to be written by Yale with E.R. Ellingsworth; notices of Yale'ss speaking engagements and a record of his speaking appearances (1938-1941); assorted U.S. State Department memos, drafts, and letters; material on Syria (1917-1919) and the Syrian coup d'etat (1963); course outlines for college history courses; and other items.
Financial material in the collection includes records regarding the financing of a project including Yale and William Ernest Hocking; royalty statements; application material for a Guggenheim Fellowship; documents from the University of New Hampshire and the U.S. State Department regarding Yale's salary and retirement; and other items.
Legal material in the collection includes the wills of Yale and his wife; travel documents; U.S. Army documents; and Yale's contract with Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Other material in the collection includes photographs; citations; Yale's report card (1903); two diaries; papers, legal documents, correspondence, and other items belonging to Yale's in-laws; genealogical research; a class yearbook; an address book; Elizabeth Monroe's account of Emir Feisal's and Edmund Allenby's meeting in Damascus; a leather briefcase; and other miscellaneous items.