Basbanes Collection Acquired by Cushing Library at Texas A&M
In addition to the research materials related to the writing of his own nine books, the acquisition also counts approximately 800 books inscribed to Basbanes over the course of his career--by the likes of Annie Dillard, John Updike, Joseph Heller, Margaret Atwood, etc. Before focusing on book writing, Basbanes was the book review editor for the Worcester Sunday Telegram and a nationally syndicated literary columnist. There are also a number of literary "firsts" collections, including that of Tennessee Williams, James Agee, William Styron, Toni Morrison, and E. L. Doctorow.
Basbanes has had a longstanding relationship with Texas A&M University Libraries, most recently serving as the guest lecturer for the opening of the Cushing's Hand to Hand exhibition in February. He wrote about A&M as a "major new player in the world of special collections" in FB&C back in 2009, and he plans to devote his spring 2016 column to the experience of documenting and packing his collections.
Image Courtesy of Nick Basbanes.