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Ruth Stephan papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 423
Scope and Contents

The Ruth Stephan Papers consist of correspondence, writings, research files, audiovisual material, photographs, and diaries and other personal papers documenting the career and life of the twentieth-century American writer, editor, and translator Ruth Stephan. Correspondence and subject files provide evidence of Stephan's professional and personal relationships as well as her wide-ranging interests, from art to Zen Buddhism. Stephan's creative work consists of drafts, notes, and research files for poetry, historical and autobiographical fiction, anthologies, and film; her research files on Queen Christina of Sweden are extensive. Her travels in and creative work related to Europe, Peru, Japan, China, and India are documented throughout the collection by writings, diaries and engagement calendars, photographs, film, sound recordings, and correspondence. The papers also include a small amount of material documenting the history of the Walgreens drugstore chain.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Correspondence and diaries in boxes 51 and 118-121 are restricted until January 1, 2024.

Audiovisual material in Series III, boxes 116, 117, and 140, is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ruth Stephan 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 and Bequest of Ruth Stephan Franklin, 1965-1975. Gift of John J. Stephan, 2003.


Organized into four series: Series I. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1915-1974. Series II. Writings, 1936-1974. Series III. Audiovisual Material, undated. Series IV. Other Papers, 1928-1972.

Associated Materials
1915 - 1974
60 Linear Feet (148 boxes)
Related Names
Stephan, Ruth, 1910-1974
Language of Materials