Monique Wittig papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of correspondence, writings, lectures, teaching materials, writings by others, conference materials, printed material, electronic media, and other papers documenting the life and work of Monique Wittig. Writings include manuscripts, typescripts, and corrected proofs for works including Lesbian peoples: Material for a dictionary (Grasset, 1976), Virgile, non (Les éditions de Minuit, 1985), Paris-la-politique et autres histoires (P.O.L., 1999), and The straight mind and other essays (Beacon Press, 1992). Correspondence includes letters from writers, publishers, editors, and others. Teaching materials include syllabi, correspondence, and other papers related to Wittig's teaching at the University at Buffalo and the University of Arizona. Writings by others include writings about Wittig. Also includes correspondence, clippings, writings, and conference materials relating to Nathalie Sarraute.
- 1960 - 2005
Language of Materials
Materials in French and English.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Box 23 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Monique Wittig 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 Monique Wittig Literary Estate, LLC. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2014.
Organized into two groupings: September 2014 Acquisition, Part I; and September 2014 Acquisition, Part II.
The two groupings were acquired at the same time, but were previously received on deposit separately.
17.58 Linear Feet (30 boxes)
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
Monique Wittig (1935-2003) was a French writer and lesbian feminist theorist. She is survived by her partner Sande Zeig, an American filmmaker.
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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below and titled according to month and year of acquisition.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the Monique Wittig Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- June 2017
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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