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Grants and Acquisitions

Ann-christe Young

New York University (NYU) has received atwo-year grant of $80,000 from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to assist in preserving and cataloging a collection of papers and photographs of Sir Harold Acton and his family. The collection is currently housed at Villa La Pietra, the Florentine estate bequeathed to NYU by Acton that now serves as the university's study center in Italy. Acton, a scholar, aesthete, writer, historian, and art collector, dedicated himself to developing the art and literary collections of his estate (his mother bought the villa in 1903). Of special interest in the collection are letters and books by such friends and contemporaries as Evelyn Waugh, Nancy Mitford, the Sitwells, W. Somerset Maugham, Gertrude Stein, Peter Quennell, Graham Greene, D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Bernard Berenson, and Henry Moore. During the 1930s Acton lived in China and taught at the University of Peking, and his papers contain an extensive correspondence with Arthur Waley, the noted Buddhist scholar.

Acquisitions

Journalist, commentator, and authorShana Alexander will donate her papers to the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Alexander was the first woman staff writer for Life magazine, the first woman editor of McCall’s, and the first woman columnist at Newsweek. In the 1970s she was well known for her popular “Point Counterpoint” segment on 60 Minutes. In recent decades, Alexander has turned her interest and talents to nonfiction. In particular, she has written about famous trials involving women such as Patty Hearst, Bess Myerson, and Jean Harris. Her most recent book, The Astonishing Elephant, is based on decades of writing about elephant births in captivity, the abuse of elephants in circuses, and their endangerment in various parts of the world. Parts of the collection have already been received, including scrapbooks, notebooks, photos, and other books.

A collection of family photos, scrapbooks,and memorabilia of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ daughter Joan, has been donated to the University of Louisville. Roy and Dela White of Denver, Colorado, made the donation to add to the Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection— which was established by George T. McWhorter, its curator, as a memorial to his mother Nell Dismukes McWhorter. In addition, the gift includes 35 original paintings used for illustrations in Burroughs’s Tarzan and Mars stories.

The personal Middle East studiescollection of Thomas Naff, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was donated to Portland State University. The collection includes 1,724 books, 81 periodicals, 56 reels of microfilm, 35 pamphlets, and personal papers. The gift includes Early Muslim Architecture, by K. A. C. Creswell; History of Turkey, by A. De Lamartine; Precis de I'histoire d’egypte; and a number of other rare items. The collection illustrates the influence of France on the Middle East, and features many books in the vernacular.

The archival collection of Beat poet PhilipWhalen has been acquired by the Brancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The library received nine boxes of journals, posters, cor-respondence, photos, writings, and Whalen’s personal library. The bulk of the collection is 62 of Whalen’s handwritten notebooks from 1959 to 1979, a period generally considered his most productive and creative. Whalen is author of more than 20 volumes of poetry, fiction, commentary, and interviews. His volumes of poetry include On Bear’s Head (Harcourt, 1969), Canoeing up Carbaga Creek (Parallax Press, 1996), Scenes of Life from the Capital (cranium Press, 1970), and Overtime (Penguin, 1999).

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A microfilm copy of the Bleek & LloydCollection of African /Xam San (“Bushman”) folklore from the 19th century has been ac- quired by Texas A&M University. The mi- crofilm collection was purchased from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, un- der the auspices of the School of Expressive Culture (SEC), which is housed in the Texas A&M Department of Anthropology. The col- lection consists of 19th-century folklore and other verbal materials dictated to linguists Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd by indigenous /Xam San (“Bushman”) people. The /Xam were living around 1870-1884, but no mem- bers remain today. Their /Xam language is also extinct, so the Bleek Collection is the last key to this ancient “click” language. The collection’s painstaking linguistic detail is a source of scientific data for archaeologists, confirming metaphoric patterns in the rock paintings of South Africa.

A significant collection of scholarlybooks on Buddhism, focusing particularly on Buddhism in China and Japan, has been be- queathed by Stanley and Lucie Weinstein of Hamden, Connecticut, to the University of Vir- ginia (UV). The collection of 10,658 books is particularly strong in 19th- and 20th-century publications on Buddhism, and also includes many books on other East Asian religions, as well as history, literature, art, and related sub- jects. When asked about his choice of UV as a permanent home for his library, Weinstein said, “The University of Virginia has shown a deep commitment to the study of Buddhism by es- tablishing four full-time positions in Buddhist Studies. An especially strong constellation of scholars has made Virginia one of the major centers in this country for the serious study of Buddhism.” A book endowment has been es- tablished in the UV Library to purchase books on Buddhism and other East Asian topics. The library is seeking additions to the book en- dowment to reach a goal of $100,000.

More than 200 children's books withillustrations by Arthur Rackham have been donated to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, by alumni Joann and Ned Chalat. Rackham published more than 3,300 illustrations in classic children’s literature of the late 19th century. Some titles in the collection include Cinderella, Mother Goose, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

A sketch from a 1980 Rackham Christmas card, part of the Chalat Family Arthur Rackham Collection.

Texas A&M University Libraries increasedits Russian and Slavic collections by 20 percent through the acquisition of three privately held collections. Professor Emeritus Horace G. Lunt of Harvard University, a leading scholar of early Slavic linguistics, donated nearly 6,000 volumes all in Slavic languages. The university libraries received a second gift of more than 1,500 volumes of Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet law and politics from retiring Professor Donald Barry, a political scientist from Lehigh University. The Lunt collection contains most of the major dictionaries of all Slavic languages ever printed. The Barry collection contains ongoing subscriptions to Russian law journals in translation. Robert Bathurst, a retiring diplomat, donated his 43-volume Encyclopedic Dictionary (Entsiklopedicheskii Slovar) published by Brockhaus and Efron in 1890-1906, which Associate Professor of History Chester Dunning describes as the “best reference work in Russian ever printed.” These acquisitions increase the Russian and Slavic Collection to more than 50,000 volumes. Stephen Atkins, associate university librarian for collection management, said the library also acquired 2,500 volumes of Soviet science materials, covering 1945 to 1965, during the spring of 2000. ■

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