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Ethan Mordden papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 655
Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, writings, and other papers documenting the life and professional activities of author Ethan Mordden from the late 1960s to 1991. Correspondence, dating from the mid 1980s and early 1990s, contains letters from writers, actors, musicians and composers, publishers, and others, including Walta Borawski, Frank Ferko, Philip Gambone, Boze Hadleigh, Ron Hussman, Joey Manley, Kit Reed, and St. Martin's Press. Writings in the collection consist of notes and drafts two for novels, a book of film criticism entitled Medium Cool: The Movies of the 1960s (1990), and shorter works, including plays, stories, and essays. The novels, "Welcome Home, Adam" (1970) and "The Friends of Lady Butch" (circa 1973-1975), are identified as Mordden's unpublished first novel and an unfinished Hollywood novel respectively. Other papers include a small amount of printed and Yale University course material.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 7: Restricted until 2055. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ethan Mordden 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 Ethan Mordden, 1991.


Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1983-1991. II. Writings, 1970-1991. III. Other Papers, 1968-1981.

4.92 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Related Names
Mordden, Ethan, 1947-
Language of Materials