Deadline: Douglas Foundation Archive Adds 10,000 Personal Items From Anne And Kirk, Goes Online Fully Digitized For Public Access

Deadline: Douglas Foundation Archive Adds 10,000 Personal Items From Anne And Kirk, Goes Online Fully Digitized For Public Access. “Now the Douglas Foundation, which was created by Kirk and Anne in 1964 when Michael was just 20, has just launched for the first time a high resolution on-line library of documents, photos and memorabilia digitized from Anne’s private archives of more than seventy years.”

New York Public Library: The New York Public Library Acquires Archive of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne

New York Public Library: The New York Public Library Acquires Archive of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. “The New York Public Library has acquired the archives of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. The dual collection comprises the couple’s literary and personal papers and stands as a rich testament to two of the most successful and important writers in postwar America.”

Villanova University: Villanova University’s Falvey Library Acquires Senatorial Papers of Former Pennsylvania Senator Patrick J. Toomey

Villanova University: Villanova University’s Falvey Library Acquires Senatorial Papers of Former Pennsylvania Senator Patrick J. Toomey. “Villanova University’s Falvey Library has acquired the senatorial papers of Patrick J. Toomey, who served as US Senator from Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2023. The collection includes extensive electronic records and media, as well as papers from Toomey’s service as a member of the House of Representatives for the 15th District of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2005, campaign materials and social media archives.”

The Independent: Judith Kerr archive acquired by Newcastle’s National Centre for Children’s Books

The Independent: Judith Kerr archive acquired by Newcastle’s National Centre for Children’s Books. “Kerr, who died in 2019 at the age of 95, wrote and illustrated a number of much-loved children’s books including The Tiger Who Came To Tea, the Mog series and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit…. The archive includes artwork and papers for 32 books, loose studio artwork, notebooks and a diary from 1948.”

Rutgers University Libraries: Institute of Jazz Studies Launches Count Basie Family Papers and Artifacts Finding Aid

Rutgers University Libraries: Institute of Jazz Studies Launches Count Basie Family Papers and Artifacts Finding Aid. “A native of Red Bank, New Jersey, William James ‘Count’ Basie (1904–1984) was one of the giants of jazz, a global icon, and still one of the most influential, popular, and recognized figures in American music. The Institute acquired Basie’s papers and artifacts in 2018 and is responsible for ensuring its long-term preservation. The roughly 200-cubic-foot collection, consisting of more than 1,000 items, is unparalleled in its size and thorough documentation of Basie’s life and career, as well as those of his wife, Catherine, and daughter, Diane.”

Los Angeles Times: Huntington Library acquires the papers of Thomas Pynchon

Los Angeles Times: Huntington Library acquires the papers of Thomas Pynchon. “The Huntington Library has acquired the archives of Pynchon, 85 — a collection of typescripts and drafts of each of his novels, handwritten notes, correspondence with publishers and research — which were prepared by his son, Jackson Pynchon, the museum announced on Wednesday. In all, 48 boxes packed with Pynchon’s writings will be archived and available to scholars at the library in San Marino by the end of 2023.”

‘Mutilated by rats,’ burned, trashed: 200 years of presidential papers lost (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘Mutilated by rats,’ burned, trashed: 200 years of presidential papers lost. “Until the 1970s, former presidents could do pretty much whatever they wanted with their presidential papers. That often was a problem. Some papers ‘were purposely destroyed, while others fell victim to chance destruction,’ concluded a 1978 congressional study. ‘Others have been scattered to the four winds.’”

Brown University: To advance research on incarceration, Brown acquires personal papers of prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

Brown University: To advance research on incarceration, Brown acquires personal papers of prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. “The prison records, correspondence and artwork of Abu-Jamal, and related materials from advocate Johanna Fernández, will anchor a collection at the John Hay Library focused on first-person accounts of incarceration.”

Politico: What Is the Supreme Court Hiding?

Politico: What Is the Supreme Court Hiding?. “The executive branch is subject to detailed rules laying out what work product must be preserved, when and how it must be released to the general public, and — as Donald Trump has unhappily learned — what happens to officials who don’t play ball. Not so for justices. [former Supreme Court Justice Stephen] Breyer, if he so chose, could toss his papers in a bonfire, auction them to the highest bidder, or ship them all to Mar-a-Lago for safekeeping.”

University of Rochester: Slaughter family papers help complete the story of a life in politics

University of Rochester: Slaughter family papers help complete the story of a life in politics. “The letters exchanged between late United States Representative Louise Slaughter and her husband, Bob, are a small portion of the Robert and Louise Slaughter family papers that now reside at the University of Rochester. A gift from the Slaughters’ family, the papers will be held by the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP), complementing the Louise M. Slaughter congressional papers given to Rochester in 2019.”

New York Times: Thousands of Theodore Roosevelt’s Papers Are Now Online

New York Times: Thousands of Theodore Roosevelt’s Papers Are Now Online. “Before he took on the ‘bully pulpit’ as the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt lost his first wife and mother on the same day in 1884. Reflecting on their deaths, he turned to a page in his diary and wrote, “The light has gone out of my life.” That somber note and thousands of other intimate records from his life are now available in a digital archive compiled by the Library of Congress. “

Library of Congress: Papers of President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Now Online

Library of Congress: Papers of President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Now Online . “The papers of President James Buchanan, who presided in the four years leading up to the Civil War, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress, along with the papers of his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, who served as first lady in the White House. Buchanan was the nation’s only president who never married.”

CNET: On Anne Frank’s birthday, a push to save war diaries online

CNET: On Anne Frank’s birthday, a push to save war diaries online. “…the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help preserve hundreds of other Holocaust diaries and first-person accounts. The campaign, titled ‘Save Their Stories: The Undiscovered Diaries of the Holocaust,’ seeks to raise $250,000 (about £197,475 or AU$332,520) to ‘catalog, preserve, and make available online over 200 Holocaust diaries in the Museum’s collection — for the first time ever.’” At this writing the campaign has raised just under $41K.