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David Milch papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1221

Content Description

The collection consists of writings, scripts, correspondence, photographs, research files, printed material, videocassettes, born digital materials, audiovisual materials, realia, and other papers documenting David Milch's life and work in television. The papers include materials related to Deadwood, Hill Street Blues, and other television shows written or produced by Milch.


  • 1918 - 2019
  • Majority of material found within 1981-2017
  • 1918 - 2019
  • Majority of material found within 1981-2017


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 14-16 (videocassettes): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 17 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 44-85 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The David Milch 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

Gift of David Milch, 2018, and of David Milch and Rita Stern Milch, 2020.


Organized into two groupings: I. March 2018 Acquisition, 1918-2017. II. March 2020 acquisition, 1953-2018.


57.25 Linear Feet (116 containers)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

David Milch

David Milch (1945-) is an American writer and television producer. After graduating from Yale University in 1966, Milch went on to write and produce award-winning television shows including "Deadwood," "Hill Street Blues," and "NYPD Blue."

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 Milch Papers
by Rosemary K. J. Davis, Tina Evans, Jim Fisher, and Janet Lopes
May 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-11-5: Updated by Rosemary K. J. Davis and Tina Evans to add recent acquisition.

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