Portrait of Otelia Cromwell

Oteila Cromwell: First African-American Woman to Receive a Yale PhD

The Yale Women Faculty Forum (WFF) commissioned a painted portrait to honor Otelia Cromwell, the first African-American woman to receive a PhD from Yale University (1926) after welcoming submissions in the spring of 2017. The portrait will be unveiled and displayed prominently on Yale’s main campus in 2018. To view images of Cromwell and learn more about her, see links below. 

  1. Otelia Cromwell Biography and Bibliography
  2. Photographs of Otelia Cromwell
  3. Short documentary film on the life and legacy of Otelia Cromwell made by Smith College

Where to Find Us

The Yale Women Faculty Forum
205 Whitney Avenue, Suite 301B
New Haven, CT 06511


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