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Stained Glass

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.

Granting the Charter, 1701. An imaginary scene in Miles’ Tavern, New Haven with Governor Winthrop and his Council.

The books were brought from Saybrook on ox carts, shown fording a stream on the way to New Haven.

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.

Procession to the Meeting House for the first Yale commencement in New Haven, 1718.

The library as the center of intellectual discourse, representing a discussion concerning Presbyterian ordination versus association with the Church of England, 1722/23.

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.

Rector Cutler and the Trustees. Timothy Cutler served as rector (president) from 1719 to October 1722.

Stained glass window above the High Street entrance to Sterling Memorial Library.

The figures in the window over the main door represent Honesty, Imagination, Courage, Tolerance, Wisdom, and Wit. 

Stained Glass