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Keith Botsford papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 471


  • 1890 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 112: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Box 137 (audiovisual materials): Born-digital material. Restricted fragile. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Keith Botsford 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 Keith Botsford, 1964-1969.

September 2020 acquisition: Gift of Aubrey Botsford, 2020.


Organized into seven groupings by series or acquisition: I. Correspondence, 1941-1969. II. Writings, 1890-1968. III. Other Papers, 1937-1968. IV. October 1964 Acquisition, 1906-1963. V. December 1965 Acquisition, 1958-1960. VI. November 1969 Acquisition, 1961-1967. VII: September 2020 Acquisition, 1956-2019.


58.68 Linear Feet (137 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The Papers consist of correspondence, writings, and other papers that document the life and work of Keith Botsford from the beginning of his career to 1969. Correspondence is both professional and personal, and documents Botsford's writing and editing activity, as well as his involvement in International PEN and the Congress for Cultural Freedom. Writings include corrected typescript and autograph manuscript drafts, proofs and other related material, dating from 1940 to 1967.

Keith Botsford (1928-)

Keith Botsford (1928-2018) was born in Brussels, Belgium. He was an European-American author and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at Boston University. He authored numerous novels, articles, essays and translations, and was the editor of News from the Republic of Letters.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have been partially interfiled and organized into series, and later acquisitions have been described separately in the contents list below.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and 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 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 Keith Botsford Papers
by Andrea Benefiel and Lisa Conathan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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