Library acquires collection of Eudora Welty

Princeton NJ -- The University library has acquired a remarkable collection of the works of writer Eudora Welty through the Richard Ludwig Endowment.

Welty received an honorary doctorate from Princeton in 1988 and served as the first Belknap Visitor in the Humanities in April 1985. She died in 2001 at the age of 92. The collection of her works includes more than 180 items, ranging from first editions of her novels and short stories to drawings for her high school yearbook.

The endowment was set up in 2001 by Michael Spence, a 1966 Princeton graduate and a winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economic sciences, and his wife, Monica. It honors Spence's mentor at Princeton, the late Richard Ludwig, professor of English emeritus and former chair of the Program in American Studies, who died April 28.

The Welty collection joins the library's strong holdings of writers from the South, a program of collecting first begun by the library together with the Department of English in the 1930s. Over the years, the program has added collections of the manuscripts and books by Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Thomas Wolfe and William Faulkner.

Library staff told Ludwig several months before his death that it planned to acquire the Welty collection by using the fund created in his honor. The collection is the second major acquisition by the library through the Spence gift. The first purchase was a collection of the correspondence of William Ewart Gladstone, who served as the four-time British prime minister between 1869 and 1894.

For more information about this collection, contact the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University library at 258-3184.

 
top
 

 

June 2, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 28
archives   previous   next

Contents

Page one
Valedictorian looks forward to continuing pursuits beyond Princeton
Latin salutatorian: Mythical fascination leads to odyssey with classical languages
Slaughter advances the Wilson School by reaching out

People
New faculty members appointed
Labouisse winner gets 'in the flow' of research
Four seniors, one alumnus receive Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Four honored for their work mentoring graduate students
Spotlight, briefs

Inside
Admission video wins gold medal
Provenance research subject of exhibition at art museum
Library acquires collection of Eudora Welty

Sections
Calendar of events
Nassau Notes
By the numbers


The Bulletin is published weekly during the academic year, except during University breaks and exam weeks, by the Office of Communications. Second class postage paid at Princeton. Postmaster: Send address changes to Princeton Weekly Bulletin, Office of Communications, Princeton University, 22 Chambers St., Suite 201, Princeton, NJ 08542. Permission is given to adapt, reprint or excerpt material from the Bulletin for use in other media.
Subscriptions. The Bulletin is distributed free to faculty, staff and students. Others may subscribe to the Bulletin for $28 for the academic year (half price for current Princeton parents and people over 65). Send a check to Office of Communications, Princeton University, 22 Chambers St., Suite 201, Princeton, NJ 08542.
Deadline. In general, the copy deadline for each issue is the Friday 10 days in advance of the Monday cover date. The deadline for the Bulletin that covers June 16-September 7 is Friday, June 6. A complete publication schedule is available at deadlines or by calling (609) 258-3601.
Editor: Ruth Stevens
Calendar editor: Carolyn Geller
Staff writers: Jennifer Greenstein Altmann, Steven Schultz
Contributing writers: Patricia Allen, Karin Dienst, Eric Quinones, Joseph Seldner
Photographer: Denise Applewhite
Design: Mahlon Lovett, Laurel Masten Cantor, Margaret Westergaard
Web edition: Mahlon Lovett