The master craftsman G.Owen Bonawit and his firm are responsible for the stained glass throughout Sterling Memorial Library. The stained glass windows depict Yale’s founding, its libraries, and the student body, as well as the range of learning in human history and intellectual development.
All stained glass images are courtesy of Julie L. Sloan
Granting the Charter, 1701. An imaginary scene in Miles’ Tavern, New Haven with Governor Winthrop and his Council.
The books were brought from Saybrook by ox carts; fording the stream on the way to New Haven.
Procession to the Meeting House for the first Yale commencement in New Haven, 1718.
The Library as the center of intellectual discourse. A representation of the discussion concerning Presbyterian ordination versus association with Church of England, 1722/23.
Rector Cutler and the Trustees. Timothy Cutler served as rector (president) from 1719 to October 1722.
The figures in the window over the main door represent Honesty, Imagination, Courage, Tolerance, Wisdom, and Wit.