Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Writings, 1950-2009

24 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists primarily of manuscripts for published and unpublished books and novels, short stories, poetry, articles, essays, screenplays, teleplays, documentaries, academic assignments, as well as treatments and proposals for unrealized projects. Research, interviews, correspondence, working drafts, audio and visual materials in a number of magnetic and optical formats, and reviews are also included with the project to which they correspond. Excerpts from Hall's writing projects (including books) often appeared in magazines; these materials are arranged with the project from which they originated.

A majority of the material dates from Hall's undergraduate and graduate education in English and Creative Writing undertaken at Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and the Iowa's Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. Other material dates from Hall's time teaching at the University of Portland (1964-1967), and then to the end of his life. Many of the themes of Hall's creative writing were autobiographical or based on personal interest, and similar themes are often reflected in concurrent writings of multiple genres, as well as photography projects located elsewhere in the collection.

All the material in this series is of a non-photographic nature, i.e. publications and manuscripts that did not include or revolve around photographic images. Photography-based books and manuscripts can be found in Series 2: Photography. Correspondence files in this series relate to the project for which they were compiled, however, Series 3: General Correspondence may also include correspondence for projects listed here. Researchers should check both series for correspondence relating to specific projects.

Researchers should be aware that the great majority of this series is stored off-site. Please refer to the Storage Note at the top of the finding aid for a list of box locations.

Most of the material is undated and dates were assigned based on the date of publication or production, or on Hall's address (almost always recorded on the manuscript). The following are the residency and date relationships used to date materials in this series:

Provo, Utah: 1958-1960

Montana: circa 1962

Iowa City, Iowa: 1962-1964

Portland, Oregon: 1964-1967; 1970-1971

(travel): 1967

London, England: 1968

New York City: 1968-1970; 1972-1977

Alcalde, New Mexico: 1977-2002

Albuquerque, New Mexico: 2002-2008


This series is arranged in eight subseries with additional subdivisions.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Approximately 10,000 strips of negatives (35mm and 120mm) and approximately 11,000 35mm slides were re-housed in archival mylar pages.

This collection was processed by Valerie Addonizio in 2010-2011 with assistance from Lisa Yankowitz '13. Finding aid written by Valerie Addonizio in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from Dawn Hall, the Estate of Douglas Kent Hall, 1716 Camino Gusto NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Writings; Douglas Kent Hall Papers, C1384, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-18
  • Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 19-20; 30-31; 98; 101

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Related Materials

Some prints by Douglas Kent Hall are located in WC064 - Western Americana Photographs. Digital access to these is available at the Princeton University Digital Library.


Bibliography Hall, Douglas Kent. 2000. Albuquerque 2000. Albuquerque, N.M.: Albuquerque Museum. Hall, Douglas Kent. 2002. Visionary: Douglas Kent Hall. Santa Fe, N.M.: Pennywhistle Press.

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