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Russell Hoban papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1436

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of writings, drawings, posters, correspondence, other papers, and audiovisual materials related to the life and work of Russell Hoban. The writings and drawings document Hoban's career as a novelist, librettist, and children's book author including the Frances books he collaborated on with his former wife, Lillian Hoban.


  • circa 1952-2011


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 68, 74, 77, 86-87 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 69, 73, 78, 85 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Russell Hoban 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 Jockey Hollow Fund and on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2016.


Organized into five series: I. Writings, 1956-2011. II. Correspondence, 1963-2011. III.Writings on Russell and Lillian Hoban, 1964-2002. IV. Diaries, 1956-2005. V. Artwork, circa 1952-1980.

Related Materials

Russell Hoban Collection. Related materials: Lillian Hoban Papers (GEN MSS 1199). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.


30.17 Linear Feet ((89 boxes) + 1 art)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The Russell Hoban Papers, which span from 1952 to 2011, contain writings from throughout Russell Hoban's lifetime including novels, children's books, poetry, and opera librettos. The papers also contain clippings, ephemera, photographs, audiovisual materials, and electronic media related to Hoban's life and work.

Russell Hoban (1925-2011)

Russell Hoban (1925-2011) was an American author who wrote novels, poetry, operatic librettos, and children's books. Notably, he collaborated with illustrator and author Lillian Hoban, to whom he was married from 1944-1972, on the "Frances the Badger" children's books.

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 Russell Hoban Papers
by Beinecke staff
April 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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