Scope and Contents
- circa 1947-2016
Conditions Governing Access
Box 38 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 42 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
27.96 Linear Feet (43 boxes)
Language of Materials
A. R. Gurney (1930-2017)
Following graduation Gurney taught English and Latin at a day school in Belmont, Massachusetts (1959-1960) and then joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Professor of Humanities (1960-1996) and Professor of Literature (1970-1996). Gurney has written a number of plays, screenplays, and novels. Children (1974), The Dining Room (1982), and Love Letters (1988) are among his best known plays. His screenplays include The House of Mirth (1972) and Sylvia (1995). Gurney's novels are: The Gospel According to Joe (1974), Entertaining Strangers (1977), The Snow Ball (1984), and Early American (1996).
Gurney married Mary Forman Goodyear on June 8, 1957. They have four children: George, Amy, Evelyn, and Benjamin.
Gurney passed away on June 13, 2017, in New York City.
The finding aid for this collection is compiled from a preliminary list for the acquisition that was created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary list was migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards in 2007-2008. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of the list; however, the content of the list 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.
Former call number: Uncat MSS 634.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- American literature -- 20th Century
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Born digital
- Dramatists -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Dramatists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Gurney, A. R. (Albert Ramsdell), 1930-2017
- Male dramatists -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Photographs -- United States -- 20th Century
- Guide to the A. R. Gurney Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- 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
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.