Thanks to Christoph Irmscher who sent this today:
An update on Don’s papers and books: We have sorted through Don’s vast library, which the family kindly left to the English Department. While the English Department will create its own library in Ballantine Hall devoted to his memory, the many, many first editions and signed copies in his library ( with moving dedications from bell hooks to Edmund White) are now at the Lilly Library, which has also independently acquired Don’s manuscripts, especially the invaluable journals he has left.
It will take a considerable amount of time to process and catalogue all these materials, of course, since there are just so many of them. But the good news is that everything will be publicly available at some point in the future. Thanks are due to Breon Mitchell, Director of the Lilly Library, who was involved in all the negotiations and spent days at the office of the the family’s representatives reading Don’s manuscripts ; Joel Silver, the Lilly’s Associate Director and Curator of Books; and Cherry Williams, the Lilly’s Curator of Manuscripts–as well as Alita Hornick and Alex Teschmacher, who helped me go through the books, and, of course, Ross Gay, who brought many of the boxes over to the Department in the first place.
It’s heartening to know that Don’s literary legacy will now be preserved at one of the finest Rare Books and Manuscripts libraries in the world. It’s also one of the most accessible ones: the Lilly’s collections are open to everyone, with or without a research agenda. Anyone with an ID can walk in and ask to see Don’s manuscripts once they’ve been treated conservatorially and catalogued. I will keep the users of this site updated when new information becomes available.