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Paul Horgan papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 845

Scope and Contents

The papers contain correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, artwork, sound recordings, video recordings, and financial papers.


  • 1949-2014


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 220-230 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 231-234: Restricted until 2040. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Paul Horgan 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.


104.18 Linear Feet (225 boxes + 1 art, 1 roll, 9 record album storage.)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The papers contain correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, artwork, sound recordings, video recordings, and financial papers.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Horgan, American author of fiction and non-fiction. Horgan was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1903, and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1915. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and later worked as the institute's librarian. Horgan enrolled in the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in 1923. Horgan first came to prominence when he won the Harper Prize in 1933 for The Fault of Angels, drawn instead from his experiences in Rochester. Horgan had a long academic relationship with Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. The author Charles Barber served as a personal assistant to Horgan while Barber was in college. Horgan died in 1995. He published forty books and received nineteen honorary degrees from universities in the United States.

Custodial History

Gift of Paul Horgan, 1955-2004. Purchased from Paul Horgan on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 1987. Gift of Joseph W. and Kit Reed, 2006-2013.

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 Horgan, Uncat Za MS 5, Uncat Za MS 42, Uncat Za MS 79, Uncat Za MS 93, Uncat Za MS 102, Uncat Za MS 147, Uncat Za MS 195, Uncat Za MS 199, Uncat Za MS 202, Uncat Za MS 210, Uncat Za MS 222, Uncat Za MS 296, Uncat Za MS 304, Uncat Za MS 325, Uncat Za MS 326, Uncat Za MS 384, Uncat Za MS 385, Uncat Za MS 428, Uncat Za MS 462, Uncat ZA MS 584, Uncat ZA MS 585, Uncat Za MS 609, Uncat MSS 59, Uncat MSS 659, Uncat MSS 874, Uncat Za File 93, Uncat Za File 98, Uncat Za File 100, Uncat Za File 281, Uncat Za File 365, Uncat Za File 394, and Uncat Za File 682.

Guide to the Paul Horgan Papers
In Progress
by Beinecke staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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