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New York Public Library Acquires Tom Wolfe Archive

The New York Public Library is acquiring the archive of influential American author, journalist and cultural commentator Tom Wolfe.

The impressive collection includes about 100 linear feet of manuscript drafts and outlines for most of Wolfe’s works, including Bonfire of the Vanities, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and The Right Stuff, as well as notebooks filled with interviews, drawings, research and correspondence. The collection will be part of the Library’s world renowned research division, and will provide a window through which researchers can approach broader studies of journalism literature, culture, politics and life in New York City.

The major acquisition was approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees at its Nov. 20 meeting. After the papers are processed by archivists and preservationists, they will be made available for researchers at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

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