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In Elite Library Archives, a Dispute Over a Trove

NYT – “Thirty feet below Midtown Manhattan, there is an elite club that admits just a few members each year: the archives of the New York Public Library, guardian of the personal papers of luminaries like Thomas Jefferson, Truman Capote and Herman Melville.
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Mr. Brodeur’s papers, which currently reside in the New York Public Library.

Authors and intellectuals spend lifetimes trying to earn a coveted place inside. Now, one of them is fighting desperately to get out.

In a move that has turned scholarly heads, Paul Brodeur, a former investigative reporter for The New Yorker, who donated thousands of pages of his work to the library, is demanding that the papers be returned. He claims that an institution renowned for its careful stewardship of historical documents has badly mishandled his.”

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