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Sarah Ruhl papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1139

Scope and Contents

The papers include writings, teaching files, and other materials documenting Ruhl’s career as a playwright and essayist and teacher of poetry, playwriting, and modern drama.


  • 1990 - 2017


Language of Materials

In English; one script in Korean.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Box 9: (laptop): Restricted material. May not be seen without the permission of the appropriate curator.

Box 10: (hard disk and external hard drive): Restricted until January 1, 2068. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The The Sarah Ruhl 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 Sarah Ruhl on the Adele Gutman Nathan Theatrical Collection Fund, 2017.


Arranged by type of material.


8.84 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

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The papers include writings, teaching files, and other materials documenting Ruhl’s career as a playwright and essayist and teacher of poetry, playwriting, and modern drama.

Sarah Ruhl (1974- )

Sarah Ruhl, born in Wilmette, Illinois in 1974, is an American writer of plays, poetry, and essays. Her plays include The Clean Room (2004), Passion Play (2005), In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (2009), and Scenes from Court Life (2016). Her plays have been produced on and off Broadway in New York City, in regional theaters throughout the United States, and internationally. Her book, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree (1997) and a Master’s degree in playwriting (2001) from Brown University. She has taught drama and playwriting at Brown University and Wheaton College.

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. Material received in three-ring binders has been removed from binders and placed in folders in original order.

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 Sarah Ruhl Papers
by Susan Brady
May 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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