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Joseph Bruchac papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 740
Scope and Contents

The Joseph Bruchac Papers contain correspondence with family, publishers, and storytelling and literary colleagues; drafts of writings, on paper and computer disks; materials concerning writing workshops taught by Bruchac in prisons; writings of others, including Native American authors; and subject files, photographs, audiocassettes, and videocassettes, many relating to storytelling performances at festivals and schools, or to Native American storytelling and literary organizations, including Returning the Gift Native American writers conferences, 1990s, and the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers, 1990s-2000s. Research strengths include Bruchac's writings and storytelling; teaching of Abenaki and other Native American cultures; 20th-century Native American literature, children's literature, and literary organizations; and 20th-century American small presses.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 37-40, 83, 115, 144, 152 (audiovisual material): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 84, 99, 145, 175-176, 190 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Joseph Bruchac 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

Purchased from Ken Lopez on the Eugene G. O'Neill Memorial Fund, Danford N. Barney, Jr. Fund, Sinclair Lewis Fund, Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, Theatre Guild Fund, and the Alfred Z. Baker, Jr. Fund, 1996-2017.


Organized into nine groupings: November 1996 Acquisition; September 1998 Acquisition; February 1999 Acquisition; April 1999 Acquisition; July 2006 Acquisition; September 2006 Acquisition; Other Acquisitions; October 2013 Acquisition; and November 2017 Acquisition.

1959 - 2016
Majority of material found within 1980 - 2016
176.17 Linear Feet ((188 boxes) + 1 roll + 1 broadside)
Related Names
Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-
Language of Materials