John Cheever journals
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Extent3.75 linear feet (27 volumes, 1 carton)
No attempt has been made here to record in detail all topics covered in the journals; some notes of events, places, and titles are taken from typed and manuscript summary notes inserted by family members or editors in the process of editing the journals for publication.
Some inserted items were left probably as place markers, by Cheever as he re-read the journals, or later by family members.
Biographical / Historical
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Cheever only occasionally dated his journal entries; dates have been assigned mainly on the basis of events mentioned in the text.
The journals were kept originally in three-ring binders with material sometimes inserted between leaves. The leaves have been removed and placed in folders; the binders are retained as item (29). The inserted material has been listed and placed at the end of the folder sequence for each journal.
Some leaves or sections of journals may have been moved from their original sequence by Cheever; for ease of reference, the journal leaves have been numbered by the cataloger in the order in which they were found.
- Cheever, John. John Cheever journals, circa 1934-1982: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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