Jonathan Yardley papers, 1792-2006.


Yardley, Jonathan. Jonathan Yardley papers, 1792-2006.

Jonathan Yardley papers, 1792-2006.

The collection consists of subject files, clippings, book production materials, family materials, and other items. Subject files relate to Yardley's career as a book critic, columnist, and author. Included is personal and professional correspondence with authors and others, among them Roger Angell, William Bennett, Doris Betts, Laurie Colwin, Robert Creamer, his agent Liz Darhansoff, Robb Dew, Fred Exley, Lynn Freed, Ellen Gilchrist, Gail Godwin, Don Graham, Paul Hemphill, Alfred Knopf, George McGovern, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, James Reston, Anne Tyler, Peter Taylor, Paul Theroux, and Ed Yoder. There is also correspondence regarding the publication of his books, articles, and his appointment on Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award committees and with members of his family. Subject files also include materials relating to books and projects that Yardley never completed, such as biographies of Stephen Crane and H. L. Mencken; materials relating to articles, reviews, and columns published in magazines and newspapers; materials relating to his childhood and school years through college; and materials relating to Yardley's family and heritage, including his father's work at Chatham Hall. Clippings include columns and reviews written by Yardley during his tenure at the Washington Post and other newspapers. Book production materials relate to Ring, Our Kind of People, Out of Step: Notes from a Purple Decade, and States of Mind: A Personal Journey Through the Mid-Atlantic. Family materials include items relating to Yardley's parents, William Woolsey Yardley and Helen Ingersoll Gregory Yardley; family letters; memoirs; genealogical materials relating to the Yardley, Woolsey, Hart, Thorne, Gregory, and Ingersoll families; financial and legal documents; a diary; and carte de visite albums, photograph albums, and other images.

About 11800 items (44.5 linear feet).

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