Answered By: Jenna Effenberger
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Q: How do I gain access to materials from the William F. Buckley, Jr. papers (MS 576)?
Answered by: Jenna Effenberger

Materials from the William F. Buckley, Jr. papers (MS 576) are partially restricted.

The following collection materials are currently open without restriction:  

  • Mayoralty campaign, 1965 (boxes 293-326)  
  • God and Man at Yale (boxes 410-414)  

Access to the rest of the collection requires the written permission of Christopher T. Buckley during his lifetime, after which access is unrestricted. 

You may request permission to conduct research using these restricted materials by contacting Christopher Buckley via email: In your correspondence to Mr. Buckley, you should indicate: 

  1. what your research project is 
  1. how you feel the papers will advance your research 
  1. how you envision using the papers (the topics or individuals you will research) 

The William F. Buckley Papers tend to be political in nature, but because of Buckley’s prominence in the American conservative movement, social issues are discussed as well. The papers are primarily from his years as the editor of the National Review and overwhelmingly consist of correspondence. To this end, you will need to know the names of individuals with whom he would have corresponded concerning your topic. 

If you receive permission from Christopher Buckley, please forward a copy of his response to   

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