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William F. Buckley, Jr., papers

Call Number: MS 576
Scope and Contents

The William F. Buckley, Jr. Papers consist of more than five hundred linear feet of material. Papers relating to the publication of God and Man at Yale, files from Buckley's 1965 campaign for mayor of New York City, and his 1950 "Alumni Day Address" are open for research. All other material is closed to research.

The Mayoralty Campaign, 1965 (boxes 293-326) is composed of material used in or collected for Buckley's campaign for mayor of New York City in 1965. Buckley ran unsuccessfully on the Conservative Party ticket against John Lindsay. There are several boxes of correspondence mainly composed of letters of advice and criticism and letters from campaign contributors. The section also contains news releases, newspapers clippings, and a large number of miscellaneous subject and research files relevant to issues in the campaign.

Boxes 410-414 contain letters and scrapbooks concerning Buckley's God and Man at Yale (New York, Henry Regnery and Co., 1951). In this book, Buckley charged that Yale taught collectivism and Keynesian economics and that the overall atmosphere at Yale encouraged agnosticism. The correspondence consists of approximately 450 letters, largely dated between 1951 and 1954, from the public, and exchanges between Buckley and his publisher. A list of correspondents is included in this register. The files also contain scrapbooks of articles about the book.

Conditions Governing Access

The following collection materials are open without restriction: Mayoralty campaign, 1965 (Part II, Series II, boxes 293-326) and God and Man at Yale (Part II, Series III, boxes 410-414).

Access to the rest of the papers requires the written permission of Christopher T. Buckley during his lifetime, after which access is unrestricted. Send an email to to request information on contacting Mr. Buckley.

Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by William F. Buckley was transferred to Yale University in 2013. 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 Christopher T. Buckley, 2009, 2012, and 2017. Purchased from Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc., 2013.

682.23 Linear Feet (988 boxes)
Related Names
Buckley, William F., Jr., 1925-2008
Language of Materials