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Gary Soto papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 640

Scope and Contents

The Gary Soto Papers contain writings, audiovisual material, and other papers that document the professional life of Gary Soto.


  • 1973 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 13, 15, 17, 25, 26 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 16, 24 (computer disks): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Gary Soto 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

Purchased from various sources, 1999-2021.

February 2021 acquisition: Purchased from Gary Soto on the Danford N. Barney, Jr. Fund, 2021.


Organized into nine groupings: February 1999 Acquisition, 1990-1998, undated; April 1999 Acquisition, 1980-1999, undated; January 2000 Acquisition, 1973-1999, undated; June 2000 Acquisition, undated; January 2001 Acquisition, 1977-1978, undated; November 2001 Acquisition, 1998-2001, undated; November 2003 Acquisition, 1977-1997, undated; November 2004 Acquisition, 1995-2003; February 2021 Acquisition.


11.35 Linear Feet ((22 boxes) + 1 portfolio, 3 film cannisters)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The Gary Soto Papers contain writings, audiovisual material, and other papers that document the professional life of Gary Soto.

Gary Soto (1952- )

Gary Soto, Mexican-American author, poet, and filmmaker. Soto was born on April 12, 1952, and was raised in Fresno, California.

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, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

The collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition. Further organization, rehousing, and description were carried out in 2012.

The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as: Uncat ZA MS 604, 611, 647; Uncat ZA File 410; and Uncat MSS 96, 210, 576, 729. 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 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 basic 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 Gary Soto Papers
by Beinecke staff
May 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 2021: Updated with February 2021 acquisition.
  • 2010-02-10: Transformed with yale.addEadidUrl.xsl. Adds @url with handle for finding aid. Overwrites @url if already present.

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