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.
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