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Brendan Gill papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 791

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, writings, and personal papers relating to Brendan Gill, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine from the late 1930s through the 1990s. In addition to professional correspondence, there are letters between Gill and his wife Anne Barnard, with whom he had several children, and other family members. Writings include materials relating to Gill's shorter works, written for The New Yorker and other magazines, and to several of his books, including two early novels, The Trouble of One House (1950) and The Day the Money Stopped (1957), the memoir, Here at the New Yorker (1975), and biographical works, Tallulah (1972), Lindbergh Alone (1980), and Many Masks (1987). Materials include drafts, proofs, research materials, artwork and photographs relating to works, and clippings (reviews). The collection also contains a considerable amount of personal and family records, including diaries, passports, photograph albums, and scrapbooks.

Dates

  • 1862 - 1999
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1998

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 2 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 37 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Brendan Gill 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 the estate of Brendan Gill, 2002.

Arrangement

Files are not arranged in any particular order.

Extent

28.17 Linear Feet (37 boxes)

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.gill

Overview

The collection contains correspondence, writings, and personal papers relating to Brendan Gill, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine from the late 1930s through the 1990s. In addition to professional correspondence, there are letters between Gill and his wife Anne Barnard and other family members. Writings include materials relating to Gill's shorter works, written for The New Yorker and other magazines, and to several of his books, including two early novels, The Trouble of One House (1950) and The Day the Money Stopped (1957), a memoir, Here at the New Yorker (1975), and biographical works, Tallulah (1972), Lindbergh Alone (1980), and Many Masks (1987). Materials include drafts, proofs, research materials, artwork and photographs relating to works, and clippings (reviews). The collection also contains a considerable amount of personal and family records, including diaries, passports, photograph albums, and scrapbooks.

Brendan Gill (1914-1997)

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Gill attended the Kingswood-Oxford School before graduating from Yale University in 1936. After graduating, Gill joined the staff of The New Yorker, where he worked for more than 60 years. In addition to his contributions to the magazine, he also wrote film and drama criticism and authored 15 books, including a memoir, Here at the New Yorker (1975), about his years at the magazine. Gill was also an advocate for architectural preservation and the visual arts.

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 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.

In 2013 minor revisions, including the addition of dates, were made to the list.

Former call number: Uncat MSS 395.
Title
Guide to the Brendan Gill Papers
Status
Under Revision
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:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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.