Scope and Contents
The Donald Lyons papers consist of writings by Lyons, including film and theater criticism; personal and business correspondence, including letters from Danny Fields and Roger Darrobers; notebooks; personal papers and artwork; academic papers; photographs of friends, including Edie Sedgwick; videocassettes of appearances by Lyons on the television programs “Theater Talk” and “Inside Broadway;" and computer files.
- circa 1910s-2010
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Box 24 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 25, 26 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Donald Lyons 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 Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc., on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2012.
Purchased from Danny Fields on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2017.
Organized into ten series: I. Writings and Criticism, 1957-2004. II. Correspondence, 1920s-2000s. III. Notebooks, 1950s-2000s. IV. Academic Papers, 1950s-2000s. V. Family and Personal Papers, 1910s-2010. VI. Photographs and Ephemera, 1920s-2000s. VII. Printed Materials, 1930s-1990s. VIII. Audiovisual Materials, 1994-2001. IX. Electronic Media, circa 1990s. X. May 2017 Acquisition, 1961-2004, undated.
21.25 Linear Feet ((25 boxes) + 2 broadside and 1 computer)
The Donald Lyons papers consist of writings by Lyons, including film and theater criticism; personal and business correspondence, including letters from Danny Fields and Roger Darrobers; notebooks; personal papers and artwork; academic papers; photographs of friends, including Edie Sedgwick; videocassettes of “Theater Talk” and “Inside Broadway" programs; and computer files.
Donald Lyons (1938-2011)
Donald Lyons (1938-2011) was an American film and drama critic for publications including the New Criterion, Film Comment, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. He also contributed to the magazines Rock Scene, Hit Parader, Rock & Soul, and Country Rhythms. Lyons received a bachelor's degree from Fordham University (1959) and a master's degree from Harvard University, then taught English literature and classics at Harvard, Rutgers University, and New York University. He was the author of the influential volume Independent Visions: A Critical Introduction to Recent Independent American Film (New York: Ballantine Books, 1994).
Lyons was also well known for his association with Andy Warhol's Factory, where he acted in several films, contributed to Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, and helped shape the artistic vision of that group of artists and writers. Among his close friends were Edie Sedgwick and Danny Fields.
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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 or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Andy Warhol's Factory (New York, N.Y.)
- Audiovisual materials -- United States -- 20th Century
- Born digital -- United States -- 20th Century
- Darrobers, Roger
- Dramatic criticism -- United States
- Fields, Danny
- Film criticism -- United States
- Film critics -- United States -- 20th Century
- Film critics -- United States -- Archives
- Lyons, Donald
- Photographs -- United States -- 20th Century
- Sedgwick, Edie
- Theater critics -- United States -- 20th Century
- Theater critics -- United States -- Archives
- Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987
- Guide to the Donald Lyons Papers
- by Beinecke Staff, Brooke McManus
- November 2015. Revised: September 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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