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Academy of Distinguished Researchers Presents Sara S. “Sue” Hodson, Guest Lecture

April 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

| Free

Secrets from the Stacks: Untold Stories of Collecting the Papers of Contemporary Authors
Sara S. “Sue” Hodson

When a research library announces the acquisition of the archive of a major literary figure, the press release is not likely to tell the story behind the acquisition – how the author and library met and developed their relationship, why the author decided to entrust his/her papers to the library, and what setbacks might have occurred in the process. The speaker will tell some of these hidden tales from behind the scenes, focusing on her acquisition of the archives of such modern authors as Charles Bukowski, Hilary Mantel, Octavia E. Butler, Christopher Isherwood, and Paul Theroux. She will also discuss another kind of secret from the stacks: the handling of private or confidential documents contained in the archives of modern authors. What does the curator do about diaries or correspondence that could reveal personal or sensitive information about people still living? This lecture will relate some of the challenges faced by the curator in handling sensitive personal papers.

* Lecture free and open to the public (faculty, staff, and students)

** A faculty reception will follow the lecture from 5:00-6:30 PM in the Faculty Center Casual Seating Area (JPL 4.04.16).

Registration:  https://utsaresearch.wufoo.com/forms/academy-of-distinguished-researchers-guest-lecture/

sarasuehobsonBiography:  Sara S. “Sue” Hodson retired in August, 2017, as the curator of literary collections for The Huntington Library,  where she oversaw all British and American literary manuscripts, from the Renaissance to the present, and all modern literary rare books.

Sue earned her B.A. (with honors) and M.A. degrees in English from Whittier College and her M.L.S. from UCLA. She has spoken and published widely on literary and archival topics, especially privacy and confidentiality in modern manuscript collections. Her articles have appeared in The American Archivist, California History, the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, and numerous other publications.

Her essay, “ Freeing the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Question of Access,” recounted and analyzed the Huntington Library’s historic opening of the scrolls for universal, unfettered access. A past president of the Society of California Archivists, Sue is also active in the Society of American Archivists, including service on the Council and as chair of the Publications Board.



April 27
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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