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Richard Pryor collection

Call Number: JWJ MSS 179

Scope and Contents

The collection contains film scripts, promotional photographs taken on film sets, press kits, and a storyboard relating to the acting career of Richard Pryor. The collection spans 1971 to 1991.


  • 1971-1991


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The Richard Pryor Collection 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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Richard Pryor Collection. James Weldon Johnson Collection in the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Walter Reuben, Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2015.


The collection is organized into four series: Scripts, Photographs, Press Kits, and Storyboard.


0.84 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

Richard Pryor (1940-2005), American stand-up comedian, social critic, and actor.
Guide to the Richard Pryor Collection
by Molly Wheeler
March 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.