Yale Collection of American Literature

The Yale Collection of American Literature documents the creative lives, the artistic communities, and the literary achievements of American writers. The collectionis noted for its strength in nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first-century poetry, fiction, and dramatic writings. The archives of writers of diverse backgrounds underscore the collection’s interest in the indigenous and immigrant cultures that shape American literature.
  • YCAL-JWJ Ready Reference

    February 22, 2017

  • Gertrude Stein's Library

    February 14, 2017

    Writers’ libraries and personal book collections have sometimes arrived at Beinecke Library—in whole or in part—along with literary archives. And like literary...
  • Yusef Komunyakaa Reading, 2-23, 4:00 PM

    February 3, 2017

  • Susan Howe Awarded the Frost Medal

    January 25, 2017

    The Yale Collection of American Literature congratulates poet Susan Howe ( YCAL MSS 338 ), 2017 Poetry Society of America Frost Medal recipient. From the...
  • Paterson: Poetry on Film

    January 20, 2017

    Jim Jarmusch’s new film, “Paterson” features poets William Carlos Willams and Ron Padgett, whose papers are in the Yale Collection of American Literature. See...