McSweeney’s is moving to Texas July 31, 2013 – Posted in: Libraries, Special Collections – Tags: ,

mcsweeney's archive

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 highest production and design chops in the trade. This holistic approach to the book has separated them from much of the field.

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The bulk of the archive includes of manuscripts of books, essays, and short stories; correspondence drawn from the publishing house’s work with hundreds of writers; and award-winning design materials. A current digital copy of all files relating to McSweeney’s work will be included, as well as first editions of all its publications. books, Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern,The Believer magazine, the food journal Lucky Peach, and the DVD-journal Wholphin.

On the acquisition founder Dave Eggers says:

We’re very happy to have the McSweeney’s archive at the Ransom Center, The Ransom Center is a world-class institution, and we’re honored to be included among their holdings. McSweeney’s is celebrating our 15th anniversary this year, and we’ve had the honor and pleasure of publishing hundreds of authors, established and upcoming, while navigating the choppy seas of independent publishing. We thank the Ransom Center for taking on our archive and for cleaning out our basement

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The archive will be in good company at HRC sharing space with the likes of the archives of Alfred A. Knopf, P.E.N. International, Nancy Cunard’s Hours Press, Anvil Press Poetry, Commentary magazine, the London Review of Books, and Little Magazine among others.

Press release

From the HRC blog, Cultural Compass – Unpacking the McSweeney’s archive 


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