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Ken Knabb papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1456

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, audio visual material, electronic files, and other papers by or relating to Ken Knabb.


  • circa 1939-2010


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 13: Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Boxes 43-47 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 48-49 (digital media): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ken Knabb Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ken Knabb and Didier Lecointre-Dominique Drouet on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2016.


Organized into seven series: I. Correspondence, circa 1970s-2010s. II. Writings and publications, circa 1970s-2003. III. Subject files, 1939-2005. IV. Printed material, circa 1960s-2006. V. Posters, circa 1970s. VI. Audiovisual material, 1956-1996. VII. Electronic media, circa 1977-2000s.


52.58 Linear Feet ((48 containers) + 1 broadside)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Ken Knabb

Ken Knabb is an American writer, translator, and radical theorist known for his translations of Guy Debord and the Situationist International.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Ken Knabb Papers
by Beinecke staff
February 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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