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August Kleinzahler papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1089

Scope and Contents

The August Kleinzahler Papers, which span from 1970 to 2014, contain poetry and prose writings, correspondence, clippings, photographs, ephemera, printed material, and other documentation related to the life and work of August Kleinzahler.


  • 1970 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 15-16 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The August Kleinzahler 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 Chris Calhoun Agency on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2013.


Organized into five series: I. Correspondence, 1970-2014. II. Writings, 1980-2007. III. Business papers, 1997-2007. IV. Printed material, 1970-2006. V. Electronic media, undated.


9.17 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

August Kleinzahler

August Kleinzahler (1949-) is an American poet. Born in New Jersey, Kleinzahler attended college at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Kleinzahler has written over ten books of poetry, including Sleeping It Off in Rapid City, which won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the 2008 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. He has won other awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989 and the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2004.

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.

August Kleinzahler papers
by Beinecke staff
November 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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