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James L. Weil papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 825
Scope and Contents

The James L. Weil papers contain correspondence, production files and writings, records of the Elizabeth Press, printed and audiovisual materials, and personal papers. The collection is made up of twenty-one separate donations made by Weil from 1983 to 2005. The first several accessions consist exclusively of materials relating to publications by Weil, while later accessions, beginning with the October 1990 Acquisition, consist of larger groups of material including correspondence, production files, and other papers. Correspondence in the collection, which features letters from writers, journal editors, publishers, booksellers, the many libraries to which Weil made donations, and others, is thus spread over multiple accessions. It is either sorted roughly, into so-called letter general folders ("A" - "Z") or by date, or it is unsorted; the bulk of the letters are also still housed in original envelopes. Individual correspondents include: Bob Arnold of Longhouse Publishers & Booksellers, Cid Corman, Theodore Enslin, David Giannini, Lyman Gilmore, Henry Lyman, Simon Perchik, Felix Stefanile, Jack Stillinger, Pierre Ullman, and others. Correspondence can include enclosures, such as drafts of writings, photographs, and printed material. Most of the production files in the collection appear to relate to the limited edition chapbooks and printed keepsakes published by Weil under his own name (James L. Weil, Publisher) from the mid 1980s onward, though records relating to the Elizabeth Press (1963-1981) can also be found. The production files, which include correspondence, drafts, specifications, proofs, and printed versions, feature work by William Bronk, Cid Corman, Larry Eigner, Aleksis Rannit, Karl Shapiro, Felix Stefanile, and others. Printed materials include newspapers, journals, clippings, and offprints containing reviews and concerning literary matters such as modern fine printing and small press publishing.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 5 and 9 (reel-to-reel tapes): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 6 and 25 (audio and video cassettes): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The James L. Weil 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 James L. Weil, 1983-2005.

December 2016 Acquisition: Gift of Anthony, Jennifer, and Peter Weil, 2016.


Organized into twenty-two groupings: January 1983 Acquisition, April 1984 Acquisition, October 1984 Acquisition, February 1985 Acquisition, October 1985 Acquisition, January 1986 Acquisition, September 1986 Acquisition, January 1987 Acquisition, December 1987 Acquisition, June 1989 Acquisition, October 1990 Acquisition, January 1992 Acquisition, March 1993 Acquisition, December 1994 Acquisition, July 1997 Acquisition, April 1998 Acquisition, May 1998 Acquisition, February 2000 Acquisition, January 2002 Acquisition, May 2005 Acquisition, September 2005 Acquisition, and December 2016 Acquisition.

22.62 Linear Feet (31 boxes)
Related Names
Weil, James L.
Language of Materials