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Kay Ryan papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1330
Content Description

The Kay Ryan papers contains correspondence, writings, artwork, photographs, personal and professional papers, poetry broadsides and other printed material, and audiovisual and computer media documenting the life and career of American poet Kay Ryan. The bulk of the collection consists of individual and collected poems, prose, notes, and journals, as well as correspondence between Ryan and her friends, family, colleagues, publishers, arts organizations such as the Poetry Foundation, and the Library of Congress. Notable correspondents include Billy Collins, Dana Gioia, Jane Hirshfield, David Lehman, Sarah Lindsay, Samuel Menashe, Rosalie Moore, and Atsuro Riley. Works represented in the collection include Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends, Strangely Marked Metal, and Say Uncle. Additionally included are records of grants and awards, letters to Ryan during her tenure as United States Poet Laureate (2008-2010), teaching materials, and memorabilia. The records span from 1945 to 2017, with the bulk of the material falling between 1973 and 2017.

Language of Materials

In English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Box 40 (computer media): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 41 (audiovisual media): Restricted fragile material. Reference copy may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 42 (student records): Restricted until 2085. For further information, consult appropriate curator.

Box 43 (legal, medical, and financial records): Restricted until 2035. For further information, consult appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Kay Ryan 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 Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2018.


Organized into six series: I. Correspondence, 1973-2016. II. Writings, 1973-2017. III. Personal and Professional Papers, 1945-2017. IV. Visual Materials, 1983-2017. V. Printed Material, 1961-2016. VI. Computer and Audiovisual Media, 1994-2009.

1945 - 2017
Majority of material found within 1973 - 2017
34.34 Linear Feet ((43 boxes) + 13 art)
Related Names
Ryan, Kay
Language of Materials