University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Anaïs Nin:

An Inventory of Her Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977
Title: Anaïs Nin Collection
Dates: 1932-1973, undated
Abstract: Includes letters and a manuscript diary excerpt written by the French-Cuban author Anaïs Nin, as well as a number of letters and manuscripts about her.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-3032
Extent: 1 box (.42 linear feet), 1 galley folder (gf)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Jamie Hawkins-Kirkham, 2011

Note: This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 9 ALS, 1 TLS, 3 APCS to Christian, John, 1966-1973, undated.
1.2 77 letters and cards to Evans, Oliver Wendell, 1962-1966, undated.
1.1 ALS to Gregory, Alyse, 1959. Removed from TEMP N62ch 1959.
2 ALS to Hirth, Mary of the Ransom Center concerning the Peter Owen-Anaïs Nin correspondence, undated; not described in card catalog.
2 ALS, 2 TLS to Mantz, Ruth Elvish, 1932-1935, undated.
9 letters and cards to Rappaport, Fay, 1953-1959, undated.
ALS to Wolen, undated, enclosing Diary, vol. II: excerpts by Nin, signed handwritten manuscript, 7 pages, 1939. Read at Town Hall Poets for Peace, November 1967.


1.3 Evans, Oliver Wendell. TccL to Nin, 1966.


1.4 Doubleday & Co., Inc. TLS to Christian, John, 1966.
Evans, Oliver Wendell. Anaïs Nin:
1.5 Handwritten manuscript with revisions, 203 pages, undated.
1.6-7 Carbon and typed manuscript / photocopy with handwritten corrections, 304 pages, 1967. Included are queries from the publisher and identifications of extracts.
gf 1 Galley proofs, 113 pages, 1968.
1.4 Evans, Oliver Wendell. 2 TLS / photocopies to Southern Illinois University Press re Anaïs Nin, 1967, undated.
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. ANI to Christian, John, 1968.
Florida. University, Gainesville. Library. TLS to Evans, Oliver, 1967.
Harcourt, Brace, and World, Inc. 2 TLS to Christian, John, 1966.
Herlihy, James Leo. APCS to Christian, John, undated.
Southern Illinois University Press. 45 TLS, 1 TL / photocopy to Evans, Oliver re Anaïs Nin, 1963-1968.
Swallow, Alan. 3 TLS to Christian, John, 1966.
Weston, Brett. 2 ALS to Christian, John, 1968.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author's outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author's incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date