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Michael Fraenkel papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 891
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of writings, correspondence, personal papers, and printed material, documenting the work of avant-garde writer and publisher Michael Fraenkel and his publishing company Carrefour Press, as well as the work of his wife Daphne Fraenkel who continued as director of the publishing company after Fraenkel’s death and their literary executor Michael Peter Harris.

Writings include typescript drafts of works by Fraenkel, including essays, reviews, and an unpublished work, Mexican Journal, parts of which were published as Land of the Quetzal (1946). Correspondence consists primarily of incoming letters to Michael and Daphne Fraenkel, in addition to some outgoing letters and letters from Fraenkel to his wife. Personal papers include passports, marriage and death certificates, notes, printed versions and clippings of reviews of Fraenkel's work. Carrefour Press papers primarily consist of correspondence received by Michael Peter Harris from 1991 to 2000, in addition to some earlier correspondence, business files, and manuscript submissions by various authors.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Michael Fraenkel 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 Moirandet Company AG on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2012.


Organized into five series: I. Writings, 1911-1944. II. Correspondence, 1932-1993. III. Personal Papers, 1948-1959. IV. Daphne Fraenkel Papers, 1918-1993. V. Carrefour Press Papers, circa 1939-2002.

6.47 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Related Names
Fraenkel, Michael, 1896-1957
Language of Materials