Category Archives: Archival collections

Our New Exhibition: Art in the Library

Art in the Library: Original Artwork in the Collections of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Open now through early January, 2014.      A special collections library is primarily a repository for printed and manuscript materials. But … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: History and Memory is now open

Our new exhibition, timed to coincide with the Battle’s 150th anniversary this summer, is titled “Gettysburg: History and Memory.” Here is the introductory text: The Battle of Gettysburg resonates with us in ways that are somehow different from our historical … Continue reading

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New Additions to the James Ellroy Papers

We are extremely proud to be the repository for the papers of novelist, screenwriter, and memoirist James Ellroy, the “demon dog” of American literature. The bulk of Ellroy’s papers came to us as a gift in the late 1990s, and … Continue reading

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An Important New Collection of African American Ephemera

The Libraries have recently received a large gift of the family library and material culture collections of Mr. Hemrick (Hink) Salley of Salley, SC. Parts of the library have been in his family for several generations, and Mr. Salley himself … Continue reading

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“Why Haven’t More Movies Stolen From George V. Higgins?”

  The new Brad Pitt film “Killing Them Softly,” which just opened, is based on Cogan’s Trade, George V. Higgins’s third novel, published in 1974. Anthony Lane just reviewed the film in The New Yorker, and his review (quoted above) … Continue reading

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Our new exhibition

On display now through February 28, 2012: “A Quieter and Less Eventful Life”: Ernest Hemingway on Writing and Other Pursuits This exhibition has, as its heart, Ernest Hemingway’s thoughts on writing and the writing life. Especially in letters to his … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Audubon’s Birds of America Prospectus

After recently reading about a prospectus for Audubon’s Birds of America that was discovered bound into a copy of his Ornithological Biography, I looked into our holdings to see if we had a copy. The Ornithological Biography is a 5-volume … Continue reading

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Cold Mountain screenplay archive

We’ve just purchased this small collection of scripts and film production memos relating to the 2002 filming of Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain. Frazier received his Ph.D. in English here at USC before his writing career took off, and Cold Mountain, … Continue reading

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A Burns gift book, in a Mauchline Ware binding

We’ve recently been given a small, handsome,  Scottish gift book by G. Ross Roy to add to his collection of Robert Burns, Burnsiana, and Scottish Literature. It’s a collection of Burns’s songs printed in Mauchline, Ayrshire (not far from the … Continue reading

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“Can we explain the appearance of life upon this planet in terms of science, or only, as in the past, in terms of theology?”

A John Burroughs Manuscript John Burroughs (1837-1921), the naturalist, environmental writer, and first biographer of Walt Whitman, continues to play an important role in American writing on nature. Over the course of his long life, he wrote intimately and expansively … Continue reading

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