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Stephen Vincent Benét, the Poetic Phantom of Yale University Press


One alumni ghost is Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943) who in life and in death is devoted to his alma mater.  He received both a B.A. and M.A. from the college.  His master’s thesis was unique – the third volume of poetry that he published.  He was Yale University Press’s first judge of its famous poetry…

The Haunted Dorm of Berkley College of Yale University


Chrystyne McGrath, our guide, reported the following: “The school’s well-known spirit resides in Berkley College, known as North Middle dorm, at 205 Elm Street, commenced at the start of the Civil War. Students when students volunteered to serve in the Union Army.  They would describe the paranormal manifestations they’d experienced there. At the nearby training…

The Ghost in the Stacks at the New Haven Free Public Library


The New Haven Free Public Library, at the northeast corner of 133 Elm and Temple streets, began in 1887 in a leased location but quickly outgrew its space.  The Ives Memorial Library, located on the New Haven Green, is the main branch of the system.  The neo-Georgian building was designed by Cass Gilbert and finished…