Annie Dillard papers
Scope and Contents
- 1951 - 2019
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 52-53 are restricted.
Boxes 48, 73, and 102 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 19, 54, 74, 78, 103 and 104 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Original computer disks are restricted. Copies of electronic files disks #1 (Uncat MSS 44) and #1-3 (Uncat ZA MS 90) are available through Access Services. System requirements include CD/DVD drive and file viewing software.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
63.42 Linear Feet (109 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
Annie Dillard, 1945-
After graduate school, Dillard spent her time writing poetry and short stories, some of which she published, and painting and drawing. Interested in the region around her suburban home, filled with forests, mountains, creek, and animals, she wrote about her experiences and observations of area in journals that would become her first book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Published in 1974, the book won Dillard the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 at the age of 29. Dillard divorced her first husband and she moved to Washington state for the position of writer in residence at Western Washington University. She married professor Gary Clevidence and had a daughter. Dillard published Holy the Firm, the memoir An American Chilhood, and two novels, The Living and The Maytrees. She was a professor in the department of English at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and now lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina and Wythe County, Virginia with her third husband, professor and writer Robert Richardson. On September 10, 2015, Dillard was awarded a National Humanities Medal.
This collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition in 1986, 1987, 1989, 2000 and 2004. Further organization, rehousing and/or description was carried out in 2010 and 2020. The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as Uncat ZA MS 14, Uncat MS 83, Uncat MS 90, Uncat MSS 44, Uncat MSS 64, and Uncat MSS 695. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, according to month and year of acquisition.
Information included in the 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 and subsequent 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 Annie Dillard Papers
- by Jessica Tai and Beinecke staff
- 2007, 2020
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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