Aram Saroyan papers, 1970-2021

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Saroyan, Aram.
Title: Aram Saroyan papers, 1970-2021
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1533
Extent: 12.25 linear feet (17 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of poet, playwright, novelist, and memoirist Aram Saroyan comprised of correspondence, photograph albums and scrapbooks, printed materials, and writings.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Purchased from Aram Saroyan, 2022


[after identification of item(s)], Aram Saroyan papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Nick Twemlow, Literary and Poetry Collections Visiting Librarian, acquired as part of the Rose Library’s holdings in twentieth century poetry. All material that was acquired was retained.


Arranged and described at the collection level by Carrie Hintz, February, 2023.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Aram Saroyan was born in New York City in 1943 to author and playwright William Saroyan and actor Carol Grace. He attended the University of Chicago, New York University, and Columbia University, but did not finish a degree. He published his first poem in 1964 and while he is particularly known for his minimalist poetry, though he writes and publishes across genres. He received the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award for his volume Complete Minimal Poems in 2008. Saroyan married Gailyn Saroyan in 1968 and the couple had two children, Strawberry and Cream.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Aram Saroyan from 1970-2021. It includes manuscript drafts of poems, plays, and a memoir; correspondence, including some with playwright Edward Albee; and photograph albums and scrapbooks documenting Saroyan’s life and career, including his time living and raising his children in a writer’s community in Bolinas California.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 - Correspondence, 2000
4 - Correspondence, 2001
6 - Correspondence, 2002
7 - Correspondence, 2002
2 - Manuscripts, 2000
3 - Manuscripts, 2000
5 - Manuscripts, 2001
8 - Manuscripts, 2002
10 - Manuscripts, set model, and related material for At the Beach House
10 - Printed materials, 2002
11 - Computer
12 - Playwriting correspondence and files, 1996-2010
13 - Printed materials and audiovisual materials
14 - Photograph albums and scrapbooks, 1983, 2013-2014
15 - Photograph albums, scrapbooks, adn printed materials, 2014-2021
16 - Photograph albums and scrapbooks, 2016, 2018
17 - Photograph albums and scrapbooks, 1970-1976