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A collection of over one millionitems of automotive-related literature spanning more than a century has been donated to the Research Center of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (Dearborn, Michigan) by Henry Austin Clark Jr. (1917-1991) and his estate. Clark was known throughout the automotive world as a collector of historic documents related to the industry and his collection includes magazines, books, catalogs, photographs, advertisements, promotional literature, and manuals and memorabilia devoted to the development, manufacture, sales, aqd use of automobiles. Business records from several transportation firms are also included. Clark began collecting automotive literature in 1929 when, at age 12, he saved a 1912 Locomobile catalog he had discovered in his father’s bookcase. That same year he acquired his first car: a used Model T Ford purchased for $1.

Indiana Universitys Lilly Libraryhas acquired the archives of Gordon Lish, a collection of over 80,000 items including an extensive collection of manuscripts and correspondence. Lish was fiction editor at Esquire magazine from 1969 until 1977; he then assumed editorial duties at Alfred A. Knopf. The collection documents the editor/author relationship. Lish “cut manuscripts drastically to produce a publishable text,” said William Cagle, Lilly Librarian, “frequently writing his own transitional paragraphs so that, in some instances, what finally appeared in print was almost as much by Lish as by the author whose name is on the title page.” Correspondence with authors John Irving, James Laughlin, Alexander Theoroux, John Barth, Ann Beattie, John Cheever, Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Vladimir and Vera Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Anne Porter, Philip Roth, John Updike, and Robert Penn are included in the collection.

The Oberlin College Library hasreceived several major gifts of materials. The first installment of a collection by and about Aldous Huxley was donated by Robert H. Jack- son of Cleveland, Ohio. The gift, which will be donated over a period of two to three years, will eventually comprise all first editions of Huxley’s works, both fiction and nonfiction, including such titles as Jonah, a rare early verse work.

In another gift, 60 first editions of the works of Upton Sinclair were donated by Janet and Howard Gest of Bloomington, Indiana. The collection includes many autographed copies together with correspondence, pamphlets, and brochures. Janet Gest’s father was Sinclair’s personal secretary for several years.

A collection of books on organ history and construction was acquired from Fenner Douglas, an Oberlin graduate and professor emeritus at Duke University. The collection is broadly focused on the history of European organ construction, with some emphasis on the 19th-century French organ, and includes several rare French periodicals.

Five rare Italian renaissance books, including works by Speroni, Diego De Franchi, Antonio Doni, Plutarch, and the Roman biographer Suetonius were donated by alumna Ernestine King of Coming, New York.

The University of Michigan-Dearbornreceived from the Japan Foundation a gift worth over $4,000 consisting of 67 recently published books on Japanese business and economics, and the history and culture of Japan. Included among the titles is the 10-volume Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan. The donation came to UM-D through the Japan Foundation’s annual Library Support Program, designed to promote research on and understanding of Japan in the U.S. through donations of books and other materials related to Japan. UM-D was one of 25 applicants selected for the 1991-92 program.

The tapes, photographs, and paperscollected by Maliseet leader, the late Peter Paul, are now part of the collections of the library at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Paul spent his life living, learning, and extending to others the traditions culture, language and skills of the Maliseet, a North American people who inhabit the St. John River Valley in New Brunswick and northern Maine. Paul was able to break down the difficult Maliseet dialect for declension and translation, and shared his extensive knowledge of the Maliseet culture and language through lectures and seminars at Columbia and Harvard universities and as an adviser to the Museum of Man in Ottawa. Paul collected materials in the fields of ethnography, linguistics, and history. Among the print materials in his collection are books, papers, correspondence, news clippings, memorabilia, maps, prints, periodicals, and miscellaneous documents. Audio materials in the collection include tape recordings that reveal the culture as remembered by older Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Indians.

What may be the oldest continuousfarm diary in the United States, a 59-year record of rural life in Wisconsin’s Trempealeau County by farmer-businessman Dave Wood, is now available for study at the University of Wis- consin-Eau Claire. The 91 small, leatherbound diaries filled by Wood and sons Ralph and James, along with four similar-sized account books were discovered in a box in an old horse bam in Whitehall, Wisconsin, in 1974 by David Wood, great grandson of his namesake. The diaries, which begin in 1865, give terse accounts of daily activities and observations by Wood, a man with deep New England roots, and his sons. According to James Cummings, a Stillwater, Minnesota, bookseller and appraiser who examined the diaries, “These form an unparalleled account of rural Wisconsin life in the generations following the first wave of settlers.”

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