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Johanna Drucker papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1230

Content Description

This collection contains writings, artwork, production files, business papers, printed material, and other papers by or relating to author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic Johanna Drucker. It includes material documenting the production of works such as Against Fiction (1983), Damaged Spring (2003), Emerging Sentience (2001), Narratology (1994), Nova Reperta (2000), and other projects.


  • 1970 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Box 24 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Johanna Drucker 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 Granary Books, Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2018.


The physical organization of the material, as determined by Johanna Drucker, has been preserved. Files relating to specific projects have not been collocated into new, discrete groupings.

The intellectual order of the collection differs from its physical arrangement. Files are listed alphabetically by project name.


17.5 Linear Feet (24 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker--born May 30, 1952 in Philadelphia, PA--is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D and M.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts. She is internationally known as a book artist, and for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities.

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, 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.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Information included in the Content Description 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.

Guide to the Johanna Drucker papers
by Jessica Tai
December 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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