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Edmund White papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 808

Scope and Contents

The Edmund White Papers provide insight into the professional and personal life of Edmund White, an American novelist, memoirist, and essayist, and are comprised of correspondence, drafts of writings, research files, personal papers, financial papers, photographs, slides, audiovisual material, computer media, and ephemera.


  • circa 1905-2016


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 25, 34, 41, 53, 61, 64, 80-81, and 96-97 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 54, 73, 82 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Edmund White 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

Acquired primarily from Edmund White by gift and purchase, 1991-2018.


Organized into twenty-seven groupings: I. July 1991 Acquisition. II. September 1991 Acquisition. III. May 1993 Acquisition. IV. August 1993 Acquisition. V. August 1993 Acquisition. VI. June 1994 Acquisition. VII. September 1994 Acquisition. VIII. December 1994 Acquisition. IX. April 1995 Acquisition. X. May 1995 Acquisition. XI. June 1995 Acquisition. XII. November 1995 Acquisition. XIII. December 1996 Acquisition. XIX. January 1997 Acquisition. XV. October 1998 Acquisition. XVI. October 1998 Acquisition. XVII. April 2001 Acquisition. XVIII. November 2001 Acquisition. XIX. September 2003 Acquisition. XX. December 2004 Acquisition. XXI. April 2005 Acquisition. XXII. December 2006 Acquisition. XXIII. November 2007 Acquisition. XXIV. January 2011 Acquisition. XXV. November 2013 Acquisition. XXVI. Materials from Unidentified Acquisitions. XXVII. February 2018 Acquisition.


80.02 Linear Feet (98 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Includes personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, research files, biographical material, financial papers, photographs, slides, audio visual material, ephemera.

Edmund White (1940- )

Edmund White (1940- ), American novelist, memoirist, and essayist. White was affiliated with a literary group known as the Violet Quill, whose seven members are regarded as one of the strongest collective voices of the gay male experience in the post-Stonewall era.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing in 2014, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, identified by a unique call number and titled according to month and year of acquisition.

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.

Former call numbers: Uncat MSS 23, Uncat MSS 124, Uncat ZA MS 190, Uncat MSS 198, Uncat MSS 203, Uncat ZA MS 240, Uncat ZA MS 287, Uncat ZA MS 292, Uncat ZA MS 308, Uncat ZA MS 405, Uncat ZA MS 416, Uncat ZA MS 439, Uncat ZA MS 465, Uncat ZA MS 520, Uncat MSS 560, Uncat ZA MS 577, Uncat ZA MS 590, Uncat MSS 735, Uncat MSS 778, Uncat MSS 913, Uncat Mss 999, Uncat Za File 336, Uncat Za File 372.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Edmund White Papers
Under Revision
by Beinecke staff
2007-05-16. Revised: October 2022.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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