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Conrad Moricand papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1152

Scope and Contents

The Conrad Moricand Papers contain correspondence, 1915-1956 and undated, including two brief letters to Moricand from Henry Miller, 1938, and letters to Moricand from Théophile Briant, 1948, and Georges Oltramare, 1947-1953, from Miller to Briant, 1956, from Hermann, Graf von Keyserling, to Miller, 1938, and from O. V. de L. Milosz to Nicolas Beauduin, with poems by Beauduin, 1916-1937; writings by Moricand, including a memoir, "Les philistines (U. S. A., 1948)," typescript carbon, undated, a revised proof for Les traces du culte d'Isis (Paramé: Éditions du Goéland, 1952), and autograph manuscript notes about Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, and others; autograph manuscript poems by René Guy Cadou and Jacques Dyssord, undated; engravings by Francis Picabia, undated; autograph books kept by Moricand in France, with signatures and addresses of authors, artists, musicians, and others, 1928-1931; clippings and other printed material, 1935-1957, some relating to Le Goéland, a literary journal edited by Théophile Briant; passports and other identification documents, 1909-1947 and undated; and documents relating to travel to the United States, 1947.


  • 1909-1957
  • Majority of material found within 1947 - 1953


Language of Materials

Chiefly in French; some material in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Conrad Moricand 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 Michel Fabre on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2002.


Organized into four series: I. Correspondence, 1915-1956. Series II. Writings, 1952 and undated. III. Writings and Visual Materials by Others, 1950 and undated. IV. Other Papers, 1909-1957.


0.84 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Conrad Moricand (1887-1954)

Conrad Moricand, French astrologer and author; also used the name Claude Valence. Moricand lived with American author Henry Miller in Big Sur, California, in 1948, and was the subject of Miller's memoir A Devil in Paradise ([New York]: The New American Library, [1956]), also published in Miller's Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch (New York: New Directions, 1957).

Processing Information

Former call number: Uncat MSS 246. In 2014, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. The collection was reclassed under a new call number, and containers were renumbered. Most folder titles were based on information provided by the creator or vendor, while some were assigned by Library staff. Folder titles were not verified against contents.

Guide to the Conrad Moricand Papers
In Progress
by Karen Spicher
2014 August
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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