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Didion (Joan) Papers
BANC MSS 81/140 c  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Related Materials
  • Summary
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Joan Didion papers
    Creator: Didion, Joan
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 81/140 c
    Physical Description: 7.5 linear feet (6 cartons)
    Date (bulk): 1963-1992
    Date (inclusive): 1963-2006
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language of Material: In English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research. COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Joan Didion in 1981, 1988, 1990, 1996, and 1997.

    Biographical Note

    Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934, Sacramento, California; died December 23, 2021, Manhattan, New York City) was an American novelist, essayist, and memoirist. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1956. She married writer John Gregory Dunne, with whom she often collaborated, in 1964.

    Preferred Citation

    Joan Didion papers, BANC MSS 81/140 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley..

    Related Materials

    John Gregory Dunne papers (BANC MSS 79/125 c).
    Play it as it lays : a screenplay (BANC MSS 90/57 c)


    Contains manuscripts and other papers concerning her works: River Run, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Play It As It Lays, A Book of Common Prayer, The White Album, Salvador, Democracy, Miami, After Henry, and The Last Thing He Wanted. Also includes essays by Didion, some originally published in the New York Review of Books. These include "The Deferential Spirit" "The Teachings of Speaker Gingrich" and "Something Horrible." Also contains a small amount of correspondence and transcribed notes from a speech.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright 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 owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For additional information about the University of California, Berkeley Library's permissions policy please see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/about/permissions-policies

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Didion, Joan
    Authors, American -- 20th century.
    Authors, American.
    Women authors.
    Manuscripts for publication