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Robert Olen Butler papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 1146

Content Description

The Robert Olen Butler Papers, which span from 1786 to 2017, contain writings in the form of drafts, galley proofs, research, and documentation related to his novels, short stories, and non-fiction. The papers also contain correspondence, clippings, ephemera, and photographs related to Butlers's life and work.

Dates

  • 1786 - 2017
  • Majority of material found within 1945-2017

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 132, 135-141 (audiocassettes): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 133-134 (videocassettes): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 142 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Robert Olen Butler 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 James S. Jaffe Bookseller on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2016.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Writings, 1901-2014. II. Personal and Business Papers, 1786-2017.

Extent

64.75 Linear Feet (142 boxes)

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.robertolenbutler

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler (1945-) is an American fiction writer born in Granite City, Illinois. He attended Northwestern University and University of Iowa, served in the Vietnam War, and has written many novels and collections of short stories. Butler won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his work A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and has received other awards including a Guggenehim Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 Robert Olen Butler Papers
Status
Completed
Author
by Rosemary K. J. Davis, James Fisher, and Greyson Gates
Date
April 2019
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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