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Erica Van Horn papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 863

Scope and Contents

The Erica Van Horn papers, which span from 1970s-2011, contains artworks, mock-ups, correspondence, notebooks, objects, clippings, photographs, ephemera, electronic media, and other papers related to Van Horn's life and work.


  • 1970s-2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 84 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Erica Van Horn 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

Purchased from Erica Van Horn on the Alfred Z. Baker, Jr. Fund, 2012.


Organized into nine series: I. Work Files, 1982-2011. II. Documentation, 1970s-2010s. III. Contributions, 1978-2010s. IV. Unrealized projects, 1980s-2000s. V. Objects, 1970s-2010s. VI. Notebooks, 1974-2012. VII. Correspondence, 1970s-2010s. VIII. Ephemera, 1980s-2010s. IX. Electronic media, 2000s.


154.5 Linear Feet ((57 boxes) + 25 broadside + 3 art)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Erica Van Horn

Erica Van Horn is an American artist, writer, editor, printer, and bookmaker. She was born in Concord, New Hampshire and has a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work now mostly issues through Coracle, a small publishing press based in Ireland that she directs with Simon Cutts, a writer, artist, and editor with whom Van Horn has had a long collaborative relationship.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn 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.

Guide to the Erica Van Horn Papers
by Beinecke staff
April 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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