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James Merrill papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 580
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of writings, correspondence, photographs, audiovisual material, artwork, printed material, computer disks and other papers by or relating to James Merrill and documenting aspects of his work as a poet and writer. Some of the material was created and accumulated by J. D. McClatchy, who served as executor of Merrill's estate and who co-edited several volumes of Merrill's works, including Collected Poems (2001), Collected Novels and Plays (2002), Collected Prose (2004), The Changing Light at Sandover (2006), and Selected Poems (2008).
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

Boxes 19-25, 63, and 66 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 49, 54, 64 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The James Ingram Merrill 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 J. D. McClatchy, 1991-2015, and purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 2006.
Organized into nine groupings: December 1991 Acquisition; February 1992 Acquisition; June 2006 Acquisition; July 2006 Acquisition; October 2007 Acquisition; October 2009 Acquisition; December 2010 Acquisition; October 2013 Acquisition; November 2015 Acquisition.

Material within this collection has been organized by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time.

Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with and/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. For instance, writings can be found in all six groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section.

Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.
Associated Materials
Other material by or relating to James Ingram Merrill (various call numbers) can be found by searching the Uncataloged Acquisitions Database and Orbis (Yale's Online Catalog).
34.98 Linear Feet ((60 boxes) + 1 broadside, 4 art, 1 record album storage)
Related Names
Merrill, James, 1926-1995
McClatchy, J. D., 1945-2018
Language of Materials