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David Rakoff papers

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 1015

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of writings, correspondence, datebooks, notebooks, financial papers, photographs, artwork, rubber stamps, printed materials, audiovisual materials, and other papers by, to, or relating to David Rakoff. Writings include multiple drafts of Rakoff's essay collections Fraud, Don't Get Too Comfortable, and Half Empty.

Dates

  • circa 1949-2012

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 16 (film reels): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 17 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The David Rakoff 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 David Rakoff on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2012.

Arrangement

Organized into six series: I. Correspondence, 1949-2012. II. Writings, 1990s-2000s. III. Personal Papers, 1980s-2010s. IV. Printed Materials, 1990s-2008. V. Audiovisual Materials, 1980s. VI. Electronic Media, 2000s.

Extent

13.34 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.rakoff

Overview

The collection consists of writings, correspondence, datebooks, notebooks, financial papers, photographs, artwork, rubber stamps, printed materials, audiovisual materials, and other papers by, to, or relating to David Rakoff. Writings include multiple drafts of Rakoff's essay collections Fraud, Don't Get Too Comfortable, and Half Empty.

David Rakoff (1964-2012)

David Rakoff was a Canadian writer based in New York City known for humorous non-fiction essays and as a contributor to the radio program This American Life.

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.

Former call number: UNCAT MSS 1281.
Title
Guide to the David Rakoff Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
October 2013
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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