Saturday, October 23, 2010

Clements Library Acquires Strachey Archive

I had word this week that William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan was the top bidder for the Henry Strachey papers sold as part of the second round of the James S. Copley library auction at Sotheby's on 15 October (my auction roundup is here).

This acquisition is well done: the first director of the Clements, Randolph Adams, sought the Strachey collection in the 1920s, and the library purchased half of the papers in 1982; now the archive is together once more, and will soon be available for scholarly research. The purchase (for $602,500) was made possible by what the library is calling a "remarkable collaborative effort" between donors willing to underwrite the library's successful bid.

These papers could not have found a better home, and I'm delighted they'll be at the Clements where many generations of scholars will be able to put them to good use.

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