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Jacques Guicharnaud papers

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 883

Scope and Contents

The Jacques Guicharnaud Papers consist of correspondence with literary and teaching colleagues, publishers, family, and friends; autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of plays, literary criticism, and other writings; a small amount of drafts and offprints of literary criticism by colleagues; syllabi, lecture notes, and administrative papers relating to teaching at Yale University and Harvard University; printed material including theater programs and clippings relating to theater in France and the United States; and a small amount of financial records, photographs of colleagues, family, and play productions, and other papers. Most materials date from Guicharnaud's career in the United States; some correspondence and writings from his studies and early career in France are also present. Research strengths include Guicharnaud's writings and teaching career, French theater, and criticism and teaching of French literature in the United States, 1950s-1990s.

Dates

  • 1943-circa 2005

Creator

Language of Materials

In French and English.

Conditions Governing Access

Box 24: Restricted until 2045. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Boxes 25-26: Restricted until 2055. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Box 27: Restricted until 2060. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Jacques Guicharnaud 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 the estate of Jacques Guicharnaud on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2005.

Arrangement

Organized into six series: I. Correspondence, circa 1945-circa 2005. II. Writings, 1943-circa 1997. III. Writings by Others, circa 1950-circa 1997. IV. Teaching Materials, circa 1950-circa 1997. V. Printed Material, circa 1950-circa 2005. VI. Other Papers, circa 1950-circa 2005.

Extent

9.88 Linear Feet (27 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.guicharnaud

Overview

The Jacques Guicharnaud Papers consist of correspondence with literary and teaching colleagues, publishers, family, and friends; autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of plays, literary criticism, and other writings; a small amount of drafts and offprints of literary criticism by colleagues; syllabi, lecture notes, and administrative papers relating to teaching at Yale University and Harvard University; printed material including theater programs and clippings relating to theater in France and the United States; and a small amount of financial records, photographs of colleagues, family, and play productions, and other papers. Most materials date from Guicharnaud's career in the United States; some correspondence and writings from his studies and early career in France are also present. Research strengths include Guicharnaud's writings and teaching career, French theater, and criticism and teaching of French literature in the United States, 1950s-1990s.

Jacques Guicharnaud (1924-2005)

Jacques Guicharnaud, Benjamin F. Barge Professor Emeritus of French at Yale University, scholar of French theater, and specialist in French literature and drama of the 17th, 18th, and 20th centuries. Guicharnaud was born in Paris, where he was a student during the German occupation in World War II. During the 1940s, he was associated with existentialist philosphers Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and Simone de Beauvoir. In 1949, he emigrated to the United States to teach at Bryn Mawr College. Guicharnaud taught at Yale from 1950 to his retirement in 1997, with the exception of an appointment at Harvard University during 1977-1979. At Yale, he was acting master of Jonathan Edwards College, 1968 spring, and Morse College, 1972-1973, and he served on the executive committee of the Yale Theater Studies Program. His writings on French literature include Modern French Theatre From Giraudoux to Beckett, coauthored with June Beckelman (1961) and Molière: une aventure théâtrale: Tartuffe, Don Juan, Le misanthrope (1963). He also wrote and translated plays for theater and television, and coauthored a novel, Santarém, with Yale University history professor Rollin G. Osterweis (1959). He was married to June Beckelman Guicharnaud (1922-1989), an author, editor, and translator.

Processing Information

This collection consists of materials formerly classed as Uncat MSS 826. In 2005, the collection received a preliminary level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. A preliminary finding aid was compiled from lists created at the time of receipt by the Library. Folder titles were based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles were not verified against the contents of folders. In 2007-2008, the preliminary finding aid was revised to comply with current archival descriptive standards.

In 2012, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including rehousing and reorganization. The collection was reclassed and organized into series, folder titles were revised, and containers were renumbered. Most folder titles in the Correspondence series were updated to conform with Library of Congress name authorities. Some writings were listed by uniform title; most were listed in alphabetic groupings based on forms of titles appearing in the collection.
Title
Guide to the Jacques Guicharnaud Papers
Author
by Karen Spicher
Date
2007-05-16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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