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Tal Luther collection of Frank Waters printed materials and papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-2735

Scope and Contents

The Tal Luther Collection of Frank Waters Printed Materials and Papers contains extensive writings and printed material written by or referring to Frank Waters and the American Southwest. Also included are personal and business papers, programs, ephemera, periodicals, and audiovisual materials related to Waters' life and work.


  • 1927 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 86 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tal Luther Collection of Frank Waters Printed Materials and 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 T. N. Luther Books on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2006.


Organized into twelve series: I. Books by Frank Waters, 1930-2003. II. Pamphlets By Frank Waters, 1962-1966. III. Contributions by Waters, 1951-1981. IV. Waters' Contributions to Periodicals, 1939-1981. V. Books by Waters not in Tanner, 1993-1998. VI. Contributions by Waters not in Tanner, 1927-2000. VII. Mentions Waters, not in Tanner, 1938-1983. VIII. Books relating to the Southwest, 1950-2006. IX. Reference Books, 1980-2001. X. Other printed material and ephemera, 1951-2000. XI. Periodicals and catalogs not in Tanner with content on the Southwest and Frank Waters, 1941-2002. XII. Manuscripts, 1940-2009.


98.58 Linear Feet ((88 boxes) + 1 record album storage)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Frank Waters

Frank Waters (1902-1995) was an American author and chronicler of the Southwest. His books include: The Man Who Killed the Deer (1942), Masked Gods: Navajo and Pueblo Ceremonialism (1950), Book of Hopi (1963), and Mexico Mystique: The Coming Sixth World of Consciousness (1975), among others.

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 Tal Luther Collection of Frank Waters Printed Materials and Papers
by Beinecke staff
February 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.