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Joseph W. and Kit Reed Papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 843

Scope and Contents

The Joseph W. and Kit Reed Papers contain correpondence, writings by Joseph and Kit Reed and others, notes and research papers, personal and professional papers, financial papers, photographs, artwork, printed material, audiocassettes and videocassettes, scrapbooks, and computer disks. The papers document their personal and professional lives and artistic endeavors.

Dates

  • 1905 - 2015
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 2008

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Box 217 (correspondence): Restricted until 2041. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Box 169 (audiovisual material): Restricted Fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 170 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 209 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 219 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Joseph W. and Kit Reed 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 by gift and purchase, 1940-2018. Unless otherwise noted, acquisitions were a gift of Joseph and Kit Reed.

Arrangement

Organized into thirty-one groupings: Early Acquisitions, 1950-1987; 1984 Acquisitions, 1942-1984; 1985 Acquisitions, 1960-1985; 1986 Acquisitions, 1982-1987; 1987 Acquisitions, 1950-1987; 1988 Acquisitions, 1951-1988; 1989 Acquisitions, 1936-1989; 1990 Acquisitions, 1972-1990; 1991 Acquisitions, 1932-1991; 1992 Acquisitions, 1933-1992; 1993 Acquisitions, 1940-1993; 1994 Acquisitions, 1976-1994; 1995 Acquisitions, 1969-1995; 1996 Acquisitions, 1992-1996; 1997 Acquisitions, 1992-1998; 1998 Acquisitions, 1977-1998; 1999 Acquisitions, 1962-1999; 2000 Acquisitions, 1995-2000; 2001 Acquisitions, 1944-2001; 2002 Acquisitions, 1999-2002; 2003 Acquisitions, 1992-2002; 2004 Acquisitions, 1957-2004; 2005 Acquisitions, 1927-2005; 2006 Acquisitions, 2002-2006; 2007 Acquisitions, 1985-2007; 2008 Acquisitions, 1995-2008; 2009-2014 Acquisitions, 1968-2014; April 2015 Acquisition, 2012-2015; December 2017 Acquisition, 1905-2012; October 2018 Acquisition, circa 1986-1990; and Additional Acquisitions, 1971-1996.

Related Materials

Joseph W. Reed Designs and Art Work Collection (AOB 5). Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University Library.

Extent

113.39 Linear Feet ((212 boxes) + 5 broadsides, 1 roll, 1 art.)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.reedjk

Overview

The Joseph W. and Kit Reed Papers contain correpondence, writings by Joseph and Kit Reed and others, notes and research papers, personal and professional papers, financial papers, photographs, artwork, printed material, audiocassettes and videocassettes, scrapbooks, and computer disks. The papers document their personal and professional lives and artistic endeavors.

Joseph W. Reed (1932-2019)

Joseph W. Reed, American author and artist. Reed was born on May 31, 1932 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was a graduate of Yale University (B.A. 1954; M.A. 1958; PhD. 1961) and Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at Wesleyan University. He married Kit Reed in 1955. Reed passed away on February 11, 2019.

Kit Reed (1932-2017)

Kit Reed, American author of fiction, including under the pseudonyms Kit Craig and Shelley Hyde. Reed was born Lillian Craig on June 7, 1932 in San Diego, California. She married Joseph Reed, Jr. in 1955. She was Resident Writer at Wesleyan University. She passed away on September 24, 2017.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, 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.

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

Former call numbers: Za Reed, Uncat Za MS Reed, Uncat ZA MS 17, Uncat ZA MS 36, Uncat ZA MS 40, Uncat ZA MS 56, Uncat ZA MS 64, Uncat ZA MS 71, Uncat ZA MS 103, Uncat ZA MS 115, Uncat ZA MS 134, Uncat ZA MS 157, Uncat ZA MS 170, Uncat ZA MS 172, Uncat ZA MS 176, Uncat ZA MS 178, Uncat ZA MS 180, Uncat ZA MS 182, Uncat ZA MS 186, Uncat ZA MS 194, Uncat ZA MS 200, Uncat ZA MS 213, Uncat ZA MS 214, Uncat ZA MS 228, Uncat ZA MS 245, Uncat ZA MS 246, Uncat ZA MS 254, Uncat ZA MS 255, Uncat ZA MS 256, Uncat ZA MS 257, Uncat ZA MS 258, Uncat ZA MS 275, Uncat ZA MS 335, Uncat ZA MS 336, Uncat ZA MS 341, Uncat ZA MS 344, Uncat ZA MS 365, Uncat ZA MS 366, Uncat ZA MS 375, Uncat Za MS 378, Uncat ZA MS 389, Uncat ZA MS 393, Uncat ZA MS 394, Uncat ZA MS 401, Uncat ZA MS 501, Uncat ZA MS 516, Uncat ZA MS 556, Uncat ZA MS 559, Uncat ZA MS 591, Uncat ZA MS 597, Uncat ZA MS 602, Uncat ZA MS 612, Uncat ZA MS 613, Uncat ZA MS 617, Uncat ZA MS 618, Uncat ZA MS 620, Uncat ZA MS 631, Uncat MSS 39, Uncat MSS 69, Uncat MSS 72, Uncat MSS 77, Uncat MSS 115, Uncat MSS 131, Uncat MSS 305, Uncat MSS 448, Uncat MSS 493, Uncat MSS 543, Uncat MSS 643, Uncat MSS 730, Uncat MSS 754, Uncat MSS 809, Uncat MSS 810, Uncat MSS 839, Uncat MSS 857, Uncat MSS 934, Uncat MSS 1005, Uncat MSS 1033, Uncat MSS 1045, Uncat MSS 1167, Uncat MSS 1268, Uncat MSS 1276, Uncat Za File 349, Uncat Za File 388, Uncat Za File 404, Uncat Za File 566, Uncat Za File 684, Uncat Za File 701, Uncat Za File 705, Uncat Za File 707, Uncat Za File 709, Uncat Za File 712, Uncat Za File 723, Uncat ZA File 219, Uncat ZA File 270, Uncat ZA File 575, and Uncat ZA File 419.

July 2006 Acquisition (Uncat ZA File 705) was not located when the collection was processed.
Title
Guide to the Joseph W. and Kit Reed Papers
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2007-05-16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 2021: Updated with July 2006 acquisition.

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Location

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