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Robert Ferro papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 322
Scope and Contents

The Robert Ferro Papers consist of personal correspondence and material related to his published and unpublished writings, with a small selection of academic and personal papers. The bulk of the collection concerns Ferro's writings, particularly his four novels which, with their semi-autobiographical themes of homosexuality, family, and illness, tell much about his community in the 1970s and 1980s; his earlier writings often refer to his experience of living in Italy. Ferro also wrote critical reviews for various gay newspapers, and the collection contains snapshot photographs of Gay Pride marches in New York. While his correspondence files are not extensive, they do hold letters from others writers working in the United States and abroad.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Robert Ferro 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 the Robert Ferro Estate on the Sinclair Lewis Fund, 1998.


Organized into three series: I. Correspondence and Personal Papers (1964-1988); II. Writings by Ferro (1963-1988); and III. Writings about Ferro (1983-1988).

Associated Materials

The Michael Grumley Papers (YCAL MSS 323) holds additional personal and business correspondence addressed to both Grumley and Ferro, as well as horoscope and tarot readings; also filed there are all material related to their coauthored volume Atlantis.

8.5 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Related Names
Ferro, Robert
Language of Materials