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A. R. Gurney papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 728

Scope and Contents

The A. R. Gurney Papers document the life and career of American playwright and novelist A. R. Gurney and consist of correspondence, writings, printed material, and photographs dating from roughly 1947 to 2016.

Dates

  • circa 1947-2016

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

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

The A. R. Gurney 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 A. R. Gurney (Yale School of Drama 1958), 2004, 2012, 2016.

Arrangement

Organized into six series: I. Writings, 1958-1991. II. Correspondence, 1962-1978. III. Printed Material, undated. IV. Other Material, undated. V. October 2012 Acquisition, circa 1960s-2009. VI. October 2016 Acquisition, 1947-2016.

Extent

27.96 Linear Feet (43 boxes)

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.gurney

Overview

The A. R. Gurney Papers document the life and career of American playwright and novelist A. R. Gurney and consist of correspondence, writings, printed material, and photographs.

A. R. Gurney (1930-2017)

American author Albert Ramsdell Gurney was born on November 1, 1930 in Buffalo, New York, to Albert Ramsdell and Marion Spaulding Gurney. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College (1952) and Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama (1958). The Yale School of Drama produced Gurney's first work, a musical titled Love in Buffalo, the year he graduated.

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.

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 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.
Title
Guide to the A. R. Gurney Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • September 2017: Updated for recent additions

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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