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David Sedaris papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1515
Content Description

The collection 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, diaries, personal papers and notebooks, photographs, press clippings, ephemera, and other papers by or relating to Sedaris' life and work.

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 34-52: 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 seven 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. VII. Diaries, circa 1977-2016.

1964 - 2017
37.33 Linear Feet (52 boxes)
Related Names
Sedaris, David, 1956-
Language of Materials