May 31, 2011
A New Guide to the Kelvin Smith Library Manuscript Collection
The Special Collections Research Center is home to a variety of collections of archives and papers of institutions and individuals with ties to the University’s past. Among these is the Kelvin Smith Library Manuscript Collection, which is an artificial collection of manuscript material accumulated over the years from various sources in the University and deposited in our care. Organized in simple alphabetical order, our recently completed guide to this collection provides an annotated list of materials from which it is possible to draw primary source documents on a wealth of topics.
A fine example of such a resource, described in the guide, is a brief but very interesting correspondence between Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell and Western Reserve University (WRU) Professor Findley Foster in 1946. Mitchell, wearily fighting the endless copyright battles that still beset her ten years after the publication of her Pulitzer Prize winning Civil War epic, took pains to explain to Foster the exact nature of his copyright transgression as seen in the image below. The complete exchange of letters was donated by Foster to the libraries of WRU and is now a part of this unique collection.
TLS, 4pp, 10½"x7¼", Atlanta, 1946 Aug. 8. Addressed to Prof. Finley Foster. Very fine. displayed page one of four. See the complete letter here