Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ball State University Libraries Exhibit Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the John Steinbeck Collection

Ball State University Libraries Exhibit Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the John Steinbeck Collection

A new Archives and Special Collections exhibit celebrates the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the Steinbeck Collection at Ball State University. “A man without words is a man without thoughts.” Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the John Steinbeck Collection at Ball State University Libraries runs from September 12 to October 28, 2016 on the second floor of Bracken Library.

On March 26, 1976, in conjunction with the dedication of the new Alexander M. Bracken Library, a formal opening and reception was held for the John Steinbeck Collection.  Archives and Special Collections was honored with the attendance of Steinbeck’s widow Elaine, Steinbeck’s former literary agent Elizabeth R. Otis, and prominent Steinbeck scholar Dr. Warren French. The collection was established through the efforts of Professor of English Tetsumaro Hayashi, Vice President for Instructional Affairs and Dean of the Faculties Richard Burkhardt and the President of the University John J Pruis.

Dr. Hayashi came to Ball State University in 1968, bringing with him the Steinbeck Society of America and his publication, which he co-founded in 1966-67 with Preston Beyer, the Steinbeck Quarterly. Dr. Hayashi’s efforts and connections resulted in the Steinbeck Collection’s growth to include donations from Mrs. Steinbeck and Elizabeth Otis, as well as obtaining the papers of Steinbeck scholars such as Warren French. 

The exhibit displays photographs donated by Elaine Steinbeck, first editions of Steinbeck’s novels, correspondence and manuscripts.

For more information about this exhibit, contact Ball State University Archives and Special Collections at libarchives@bsu.edu or (765) 285-5078.


 
Dr. Richard Burkhardt, Elizabeth Otis and Elaine Steinbeck viewing exhibit at the dedication of the John Steinbeck Collection on March 26, 1976


 
Dr. Tetsumaro Hayshi with Elizabeth Otis and Elaine Steinbeck at the dedication of the John Steinbeck Collection on March 26, 1976

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