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John Knowles papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 725

Scope and Contents

The John Knowles Papers document the career and personal life of American author John Knowles between 1954 and 2000. The papers provide insight into Knowles's career as an author and consist of correspondence, writings, notebooks, scrapbooks, printed material, personal papers, audio-visual media, and other papers. The papers also include a portrait of Knowles by Don Bachardy. There is some material relating to Knowles's friendship with Truman Capote and Thornton Wilder. Various drafts of his writings, including A Separate Peace and its companion novel Peace Breaks Out, reflect Knowles's creative process.

Dates

  • circa 1954-2000

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 18 (audiocassettes, CD): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The John Knowles 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 John Knowles (Yale 1949), 2002.

Arrangement

Organized into one grouping: I. March 2002 Acquisition.

Extent

22.67 Linear Feet ((37 boxes) + 1 art object)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.knowles

Overview

The John Knowles Papers document the career and personal life of American author John Knowles between 1954 and 2000. The papers provide insight into Knowles's career as an author and consist of correspondence, writings, notebooks, scrapbooks, printed material, personal papers, audiovisual media, and other papers. The papers also include a portrait (pencil on paper) of Knowles by Don Bachardy. There is some material relating to Knowles's friendships with Truman Capote and Thornton Wilder. Various drafts of his writings, including A Separate Peace and its companion novel Peace Breaks Out, reflect Knowles's creative life.

John Knowles (1926-2001)

John Knowles was an American novelist best known for his first novel A Separate Peace.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization.

The finding aid for this collection is compiled from individual preliminary lists for each acquisition that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary lists were migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards and merged into a single file in 2007-2008. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of individual lists; however, the content of the lists was neither modified nor verified.

As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part 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 collection includes materials previously identified by the following call number: Uncat MSS 396.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the John Knowles Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007-05-21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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