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Beatrice Wood papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 294

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, drawings, and other papers, and documents the relationship between Beatrice Wood and Ram Pravesh Singh and aspects of her work as an artist. Correspondence consists of originals and copies of letters between Wood and Singh, as well as a small amount of correspondence with others. Writings include drafts and manuscripts of A Hindu in the Bed, Just Call Me Darling, In America We Meet, and other unidentified writings. Also found are drawings in pencil, pastel, and watercolor, and two sketchbooks. Other papers include a photograph from Wood's 105th birthday party, notes, and valentine cards.


  • 1954 - 1997
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Beatrice Wood papers are 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

The collection was donated by Francis Naumann in 2007.


The collection is organized into four series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; III. Other Papers; and IV. Drawings. This organization is largely based on format.


9 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Collection consists of originals and typescripts of correspondence, writings, drawings, and other papers, and documents aspects of the life and work of Beatrice Wood.

Beatrice Wood (1893-1998)

Beatrice Wood was an American artist and ceramist.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing in 2007, including rehousing and minimal organization. Descriptive information is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are, when possible, 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 were supplied by staff during initial processing.

Guide to the Beatrice Wood Papers
by Jennifer Meehan and Mushegh Asatryan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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