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John Robert Kaiser collection of Françoise Sagan

Identifier: 02364

Collection Overview

The collection includes manuscripts for several works, including Bonjour Tristesse, Le Cheval Evanoui, and Le Merveilleux Nuages. It also includes over 300 photographs of Françoise Sagan which are chiefly untitled and undated publicity photographs at her home, with her work, and attending events. Also included are a display promoting Françoise Sagan, copies of periodicals with articles about Françoise Sagan, theater programs, and notebooks. This collection is arranged by item type (chiefly manuscripts, photographs, and periodicals) and alphabetically within each item type.


  • circa 1950-1990
  • Majority of material found within 1955-1975

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Custodial History

John Kaiser collected this material and donated it to Rare Books and Special Collections (now the Eberly Family Special Collections Library) in 1985 and 1986. At some point, books donated with these materials were separated from the collection. It is unclear whether the display in Box 5 was part of this donation. The complete custodial history of this collection is unknown.

Processing Information

This collection was minimally processed by Special Collections staff after it transfered to the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at an unknown time and contained no original order other than materials originally housed in binders. Lexy deGraffenreid reprocessed this collection in Fall 2020 using the hybrid arrangement and description workflow due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She removed manuscripts and photographs from rusting binders and foldered them in their original sleeves. The removed single photographs from frames and housed loose photographs in folders. She also foldered loose periodicals. In titling folders, she chiefly used the titles of periodicals and original binders, but supplied folder titles for loose photographs, theater programs, and other loose materials. She arranged the materials by item type (i.e. manuscripts, photographs, perodicals) and within these groupings alphabetized the manuscripts and periodicals.


4 Linear Feet (Housed in 4 Paige boxes and 1 oversized folder) : 4 linear feet + 1 oversized folder

1 Folders


Françoise Sagan (June 21, 1935-September 24, 2004), real name Françoise Quoirez, was a French playwright, novelist and screenwriter. This collection includes manuscripts, notebooks, photographs, theater programs, and periodicals containing articles about Sagan.


For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Penn State University Libraries catalog via the link above. Archival collections may be housed in offsite storage. For materials stored offsite, please allow 2-3 business days for retrieval.

Other Finding Aids

An original inventory of the full donated collection is available in the collection file. This inventory is out-of-date as the books in this inventory were separated and cataloged individually.

Guide to the John Robert Kaiser collection of Françoise Sagan
Compiled by Lexy deGraffenreid
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library Repository

104 Paterno Library
Penn State University
University Park 16802 USA