Category: Special Collections

  • The McSweeney’s Archive is open for business

      Dave Eggers launched Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern from his Brooklyn apartment in 1998. When the the McSweeney’s archive was acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas a mere 15 years later the McSweeney’s community had become one of the seminal hubs of literary culture in the  21st century. In addition to the…

  • In The Stacks: William Burroughs Through the Lens of Allen Ginsberg

    William Burroughs in front of sphinx at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. 1953.   For this installment of In the Stacks we visit the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto and their fabulous collection of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs.  With almost 8,000 prints the collection is the largest repository of photographs by Allen…

  • McSweeney’s is moving to Texas

    not really, but their archive is. The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas (HRC) has acquired the archive of McSweeneys. Founded in 1998 by Dave Eggers, McSweeney’s is easily one of the most influential literary journals and publishing houses of our generation. Aside from the stellar content McSweeney’s also boasts some of the…

  • Living with and sharing 35,000 books

     The Johnson family has been collecting and accumulating books since the late 19th century.  In 1899 the first family library was built by Thomas Moore Johnson (1851-1919) to house his 8,000 books. It is little wonder that with a library of that size he was known as the “sage of the Osage” (the house and library were…