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N. Scott Momaday papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 807

Scope and Contents

The N. Scott Momaday papers contain extensive correspondence, writings, family papers, artwork, photographs, printed materials, awards, sound recordings, and other papers related to the life and work N. Scott Momaday.

Dates

  • 1788-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1950s-2012

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 21, 27, 30, 40, 42, 80, 87-89, 147 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 45-46 (record album storage): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 106-107 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The N. Scott Momaday 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 Lopez Bookseller on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2012.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Writings and Personal Papers, 1788-2012. II. Audiovisual Materials, 1965-2009. III. Electronic Media, 2002-2012.

Extent

168.42 Linear Feet ((126 boxes) + 4 art, 16 broadside, 2 record album storage, 1 roll)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.momaday

N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday (b. 1934) is a Native American writer, painter, and activist of Kiowa descent. His mother, Natachee Scott Momaday, taught elementary school in the Navajo Nation. His father, Al Momaday, was a painter.

Momaday has written seventeen books of fiction, poetry, drama and history. His novel House Made of Dawn received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. Momaday is the founder of the Rainy Mountain Foundation and Buffalo Trust, a nonprofit organization working to preserve Native American cultures.

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.
Title
Guide to the N. Scott Momaday Papers
Status
Completed
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
December 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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