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Ellery Queen papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 335
Scope and Contents

The Ellery Queen Papers document the mystery writing career of Ellery Queen, a pseudonym for Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee. The collection includes correspondence, fan mail, telegrams, advertisements, proposals for ventures, photographs, and ephemera relating to Ellery Queen. The collection does not include drafts of manuscripts, but includes American Weekly newspaper articles, likely written by Lee, with clippings describing authentic murder cases. Some of Manfred B. Lee's personal papers such as letters, photographs, and cards are also included in the collection. The collection dates from 1929 to 1972, with the bulk of the material falling between 1946 and 1971.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ellery Queen 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

Gift of Manfred B. Lee, 1976.


Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1929-1971. II. Writings, 1931-1961. III. Other Papers, 1939-1972.

1929 - 1972
Majority of material found within 1946 - 1971
0.7 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Related Names
Queen, Ellery
Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982
Lee, Manfred B. (Manfred Bennington), 1905-1971
Language of Materials