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Alan Trachtenberg Papers

Call Number: MS 2129
Scope and Contents

Professional papers of Alan Trachtenberg, 1957-2017, that include texts and related material from conferences, lectures, and symposia, as well as writings, teaching material and course related files, correspondence, other papers and photographs, and audiovisual materials created and compiled by Trachtenberg.

Collection materials document a broad range of Trachtenberg's professional activities, including his research on the Brooklyn Bridge, daguerreotypes and photography, and Walt Whitman, as well as his time as a professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. The papers provide insight into Trachtenberg's research process, teaching methods, and approach to understanding American cultural history.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 28-31: Audiovisual material. Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Alan Trachtenberg was transferred to Yale University in 2022. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Betty Trachtenberg, 2022.


The Alan Trachtenberg Papers are arranged in six series: I. Conferences, Lectures, and Symposia, 1971-2013. II. Teaching Materials and Course Related Files, 1957-2013. III. Teaching Materials and Course Related Files, 1964-2013. IV. Correspondence, 1960-2017. V. Other Papers, 1973-2004. VI. Audiovisual Materials, 1973-2008.

13.18 Linear Feet (31 boxes)
Related Names
Trachtenberg, Alan
Language of Materials