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Yale Collection of American Literature

In 1911 Owen F. Aldis donated his outstanding collection of American Literature to the Yale University Library, where it has since been maintained as a separate entity with its own curators.
February 22, 2013
The Collection documents filmmaking, with a particular emphasis on experimental projects, through the medium’s various paper trails: scripts, treatments, production materials, journals, stills, publicity ephemera such as posters and lobby cards, and, occasionally, rare footage of short films and home movies.
February 19, 2013
The work of the prolific American writer Henry Miller, an iconoclastic figure made famous by his “banned” book Tropic of Cancer (Paris, 1934; New York, 1961) and his relationship with the French writer Anaïs Nin, is represented in the Beinecke’s holdings by a 900-page, four-volume, bound draft of Tropic of Cancer, ca. 1930 – 1932, a gift of Frederick R. Koch, Yale School of Drama, 1961 MFAD, (Frederick R. Koch Collection, 1640 – 1983, GEN MSS 601).
February 19, 2013
Building upon the Harlem Renaissance strengths of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection, later archives and small collections of notable authors such as Richard Wright, Chester Himes, James Baldwin, and Amiri Baraka document the creative output of writers forging new artistic ventures in regard to African American life at home and abroad.
February 19, 2013
Unique manuscripts written by nineteenth-century African American writers exemplify the richness and historical significance of materials in the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection.
February 19, 2013
Collections, events, scholarship, and news in American Literature
January 19, 2013
The Collection’s printed and manuscript holdings in modernist-era literary publishing reveal trends in publishing, editorial debates, and aesthetic battles among the literary greats of the period.
December 23, 2012

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