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David Sedaris papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1515

Content Description

The collection consists of writings, correspondence, personal papers, artist books, printed material, audiovisual materials, electronic files, and other papers by or relating to David Sedaris.


  • 1964 - 2017




Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 32 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 33 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 34: Restricted during the lifetime of David Sedaris. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The David Sedaris 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 Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. on the Sinclair Lewis Fund and the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2018.


Organized into six series: I. Notebooks, 2004-2017. II. Writings, 1980s-2017. III. Personal Papers, 1964-1989. IV. Audiovisual Materials, 1990-2003. V. Electronic Media, 2007-2008. VI. Restricted Papers.


17.83 Linear Feet (34 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Contains drafts and writings from numerous publications by David Sedaris including Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty Someday, Naked, and Calypso, along with correspondence, artist books, personal papers and notebooks, photographs, press clippings, ephemera, and other papers by or relating to Sedaris' life and work.

David Sedaris

David Sedaris (born 1956) is an American humorist, author, and essayist. He grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 1987. His works include Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Calypso. Sedaris is also well-known for his many contributions to This American Life, a weekly radio show on National Public Radio.

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 David Sedaris Papers
by Rosemary K. J. Davis
December 2018
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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