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Louis Daniel Brodsky collection of William Heyen papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1257

Content Description

Contains correspondence, writings, printed material, proofs, production files, audio tapes, and other papers created by or relating to the life and work of William Heyen.


  • 1970 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 12-13 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Heyen 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 Time Being Books on the Danford N. Barney, Jr. Fund, 2015.


Materials maintain order found at time of acquisition.


8.58 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Biographical / Historical

William Heyen (1940- ) is a poet, editor, literary critic, and educator, born in Brooklyn, New York. His poetry has been widely published including the collections The Swastika Poems (1977), Erika: Poems of the Holocaust (1984), Pterodactyl Rose (1991), Diana, Charles, & the Queen (1998), and Shoah Train (2003), among others. Falling from Heaven: Holocaust Poems of a Jew and a Gentile (1991) was co-written with Heyen's friend and fellow poet, Louis Daniel Brodsky. Over the years, Heyen received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and many more.

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 Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Heyen Papers
by Beinecke staff
October 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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