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James Kirkup papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 773
Scope and Contents

The James Kirkup Papers includes correspondence, writings, photographs, audiovisual material, personal documents and memorabilia that document the life and work of British author James Kirkup. The papers span his writing career, from early school papers to digital books published in the 2000s, and include documentation of the diverse genres of Kirkup's research and writing: autobiography, poetry, travel writing, obituaries, novels, dramatic works, and translations. The papers document not only Kirkup's life and work, but also pacifism as a theme in literature, twentieth-century gay life, émigré life in Japan, twentieth-century literature and poetry (especially haiku), and Kirkup's family history. Prominent correspondents include Akiko Takemoto and Muriel Metcalfe.

Language of Materials

Chiefly in English and Japanese. Some material in French.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 177-178 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The James Kirkup 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 James Kirkup and from Hawthorn Books on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 1994-2009.

Printouts of virtual books: gift of Brindin Press, 2003.


Organized into seven series: I. Correspondence, 1937-2007. II. Writings, 1938-2007. III. Personal Papers and Memorabilia, circa 1920-1997. IV. Audiovisual Material, 1993-2002. V. Visual Material, circa 1890-2000s. VI. Printed Material, 1930s-2000s. VII. Manuscript Material Removed from Books, 1960s-2000s.

Associated Materials

Other material by or relating to James Kirkup, including letters to Akiko Takemoto, can be found by searching Orbis (Yale's Online Catalog).

Related material can be found in the James Kirkup Collection in South Shields, cataloged at

1890 - 2007
Majority of material found within 1940 - 2007
79.11 Linear Feet ((199 boxes) + 2 rolls and 4 broadside folders)
Related Names
Kirkup, James, 1918-2009
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