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MS Fr 372

Yourcenar, Marguerite. Marguerite Yourcenar papers, 1920-1986: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Fr 372
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Marguerite Yourcenar papers,
Date(s): 1920-1986.
Quantity: 10.5 linear feet (29 boxes, 6 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Papers of French author Marguerite Yourcenar received at the repository before August 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

86M-27. Manuscripts presented by Marguerite Yourcenar, Petite Plaisance, Northeast Harbor, Maine 04662; received: August 1982, May and September 1984, May and June 1985, and May and August 1986.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Edith and Frederick Farrell, and Betsy Merideth; with the assistance of Elizabeth Falsey.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Marguerite Yourcenar Papers, 1920-1986 (MS Fr 372). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

For materials received at Houghton after Aug. 1986, see the "Bequest Papers" of Marguerite Yourcenar under bMS Fr 372.2. See also Houghton Printed Books *FC9.Y8850.Zzx -*FC9.Y8850.Zzx19 for 19 boxes of Yourcenar ephemeral material, by and about Marguerite Yourcenar.
Manuscripts of L'Oeuvre au noir and Theatre I are at the Bowdoin College Library, Special Collections. Much of the book library of Marguerite Yourcenar is still housed at her home, Petite Plaisance, in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

Biographical / Historical

Marguerite Yourcenar was a French author.


Arranged into the following series: Please note that item numbers 195, 645, 767, and 1211 were inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Collection contains correspondence: with colleagues and friends; relating to "Affaire Plon", a lawsuit between Yourcenar and Plon (Firm); and between Grace Frick and others. Correspondents include: Jean Ballard, Natalie Clifford Barney, Marc Brossollet, Jeanne Carayon, Jean Chalon, Bernard Grasset(Firm), Gallimard (Firm), Hortense Flexner, Elie Grekoff, Malvina Hoffman, Jean Lambert, Marie Laurencin, Claude Servan-Schreiber, Jerry Wilson, and many others.
Compositions by Yourcenar include holograph manuscripts, drawings, typescripts, research notes, lists of corrections for various editions, galley and page proofs, and printed versions of her work with extensive annotations by Yourcenar and by Grace Frick.
Compositions of others include manuscript drafts of English translations of Yourcenar's work by David Freeman, Grace Frick, Joan Howard, Walter Kaiser, Dori Katz, and Alberto Manguel. Includes manuscripts of articles and dissertations on Yourcenar, some with Yourcenar's comments.
Biographical material includes: correspondence, contracts and accounts with various publishers; material on animal rights and conservation; Yourcenar-Frick health and travel records; official documents; photographs; and other biographical miscellany of Yourcenar and Frick.

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