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John Hersey papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 707
Scope and Contents

The John Hersey Papers contain writings, correspondence, printed and audiovisual materials, scrapbooks, and family and personal papers. The collection consists of ten small donations made by Hersey between 1944 and 1967 and an acquisition of a major part of his archive in 1992. The early gifts by Hersey contain drafts and proofs for multiple works dating from the early 1940s through mid 1960s, including the successful and popular A Bell for Adano (1944), Hiroshima (1946), and The Wall (1950). The 1992 acquisition contains additional writings, as well as correspondence and clippings files relating to writings, correspondence, scrapbooks, audiovisual material, and personal papers. Correspondence includes large files for the publishers Alfred A. Knopf and Hamish Hamilton, the literary agent Otis and Williams, The New Yorker, and outgoing letters from Hersey to his mother. Writings include materials relating to Hersey's first book, Men on Bataan (1942), and numerous later works, including White Lotus (1965), The Walnut Door (1977), The Call (1985), and Blues (1987).

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 68 contains restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 69-71 and 107 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The John Hersey 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

Acquired from John Hersey by gift and purchase, 1944-1992.

October 2013 and August 2014 Acquisitions: Gift of Brook Hersey.


Organized into thirteen groupings: April 1944 Acquisition, January 1947 Acquisition, December 1951 Acquisition, May 1952 Acquisition, December 1963 Acquisition, August 1964 Acquisition, December 1964 Acquisition, November 1966 Acquisition, December 1966 Acquisition, December 1967 Acquisition, March 1992 Acquisition, October 2013 Acqusition, Augut 2014 Acquisitions.

Associated Materials

Other material by or relating to John Hersey (various call numbers) can be found by searching the Uncataloged Acquisitions Database and Orbis (Yale's Online Catalog).

circa 1919-1992
65.23 Linear Feet (107 boxes)
Related Names
Hersey, John, 1914-1993
Language of Materials