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Herb Yellin Papers Relating to Joyce Carol Oates

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 3 Sep 2015

Biographical History

Herb Yellin (1935-2014) was an American book collector and publisher. He founded Lord John Press in 1976 to publish signed limited editions of significant American authors. Joyce Carol Oates (1938- ) is a an award-winning American author of fiction and non-fiction, including novels, short stories, poems, plays, and essays.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Herb Yellin Papers Relating to Joyce Carol Oates consists of correspondence, memorabilia and printed material relating to Yellin's Lord John Press and to author Joyce Carol Oates, several of whose short works were published by Yellin. The collection two folders of detailed and friendly personal correspondence between Yellin and Oates.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by type or topic.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

A few financial items are not accessible to researchers at this time. These items are stored separately in Special Collections Research Center internal files.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Joyce Carol Oates Papers. Special Collections Research Center also has a large number of books, articles, serials and other items by or pertaining to Oates which are cataloged in the Rare Books Collection. Please search the Classic Catalog for these related materials.

Subject Headings


Ewert, William B.
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Yellin, Herb.

Corporate Bodies

Lord John Press.


Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Private presses -- California.
Women authors -- 20th century.
Women poets, American.

Genres and Forms

Broadsides (notices)
Galley proofs.


Publishers and publishing.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Herb Yellin Papers Relating to Joyce Carol Oates,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2015.

Table of Contents



Printed material by Oates