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Barbara Guest papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1185

Scope and Contents

The Barbara Guest Papers span 1923 to 2006 and document Guest's life as a prominent American poet, her personal and professional relationships with other writers, and her personal life as a wife, mother, and friend. The papers include drafts of writings, correspondence, personal and professional papers, photographs, artwork, printed material, audiovisual material, born digital material, artwork, and a typewriter.


  • 1923 - 2006


Conditions Governing Access

The Barbara Guest Papers is open for research.

Boxes 144-152 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 153-154 (born digital material): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 179 (medical record) is restricted until 2056 February 15.

Conditions Governing Use

The Barbara Guest 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 on the Eugene G. O'Neill Memorial Fund, the George B. Alvord Fund, the Danford N. Barney, Jr. Fund, the Sinclair Lewis Fund, and the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 1993.

Purchased from Granary Books on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 1997.

Purchased from James J. Jaffee on the Sinclair Lewis Fund, 2002.

Purchased from James S. Jaffe on the Alfred Z. Baker, Jr. Fund, the Sinclair Lewis Fund, the Thornton Wilder Memorial Fund, 2007.

Purchased from James S. Jaffe on the Elizabeth Wakeman Dwight Memorial Fund, 2008.


Organized into nine series: I. Correspondence, 1940-2006. II. Writings, 1953-2004. III. Personal Papers, 1943-2006. IV. Professional Papers, X. V. Photographs, circa 1923-2004. VI. Artwork, 1953-1995. VII. Printed Material, 1960-2004. VIII. Audiovisual Material, 1963-2000. IX. Born Digital Material, 1983-2006.


77.21 Linear Feet ((180 boxes) + 1 Broadside folder)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

Barbara Guest, American author. Guest was born Barbara Pinson in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 6, 1920. She died on February 15, 2006 in Berkeley, California.

Processing Information

Former call numbers are Uncat MSS 402, Uncat MSS 947, Uncat MSS 1025, Uncat ZA MS 271, and Uncat ZA MS 544.

Unless a folder title contains the title of an artistic work, all quotations represent folder title supplied by Guest.

Folder numbers 547, 1801-1809, 1485, 1983, and 2013 are unused.

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 Barbara Guest Papers
In Progress
By Beinecke staff
August 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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