The William Saroyan collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, and printed material.
Manuscripts by Saroyan in the collection include My Name is Still Aram (revision of My Name is Aram written in 1964, published by Harcourt, 1966); I Used to Believe I Had Forever, Now I'm Not So Sure (Cowles, 1968); Days of Life and Death and Escape to the Moon (Dial, 1970); My Kind of Crazy Wonderful People (unknown); and More Obituaries (1980), an unpublished follow-up to Obituaries(Creative Arts, 1979). Other Saroyan manuscripts consist of plays and short stories, including stories used in The Best Stories of William Saroyan (Faber, 1964). Also present is a manuscript of the short story “The Catered Affair,” by Paddy Chayefsky.
Correspondence consists primarily of chronological letter files, dated 1959 and the 1970s. Notable correspondence includes several letters from Otto Friedrich to Saroyan and one letter to Friedrich from Saroyan, all dated 1964. Also notable is letter from William Saroyan to his son Aram Saroyan regarding their relationship, dated 1968.
Printed material in the collection includes magazines from the 1960s with published pieces by Saroyan. Publications include the Saturday Evening Post, The Atlantic, Country Beautiful, Esquire, and the New York Times Book Review . There are also a few souvenir items as well.