Several books and documentaries have appeared or been announced in recent months that draw heavily on the unique collections housed in the Drew University Library—a reminder that  these collections are national treasures, used not only by our own students and faculty, but by scholars across the country.

2009 National Book Award in Biography

T. J. Stiles recently won the prestigious NBA Award for Biography for his portrayal of the
19th century tycoon, Cornelius Vanderbilt (The First Tycoon, Knopf, 2009). Vanderbilt knew William Gibbons and Daniel Drew, both of whom were integral to the founding of the Drew Theological Seminary. Stiles came to the Drew Archives in the course of his research to mine the extensive Gibbons Family Papers. He will be on campus Sunday, March 7, 4 p.m. to give a talk at The Friends of Mead Hall Benefit.

Cather’s Last Novel

The completion of the scholarly edition of Cather’s final novel, Sapphira and the Slave Girl (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), is an important event in Cather studies. More early drafts, including manuscript fragments, are available for Sapphira than for any other Cather novel, and Drew’s Cather Collection includes a nearly complete typescript. Drew’s typescript was a foundational document for this book by Ann Romines, a professor of English at George Washington University.

Garrison Keillor Introduces Dodge Poets for PBS

David Grubin Productions in New York City, winner of numerous Emmy Awards, has been using the Dodge Poetry Archive tapes to produce short segments that air on PBS in between their regularly scheduled programming. They produced 24 last year, and 8 more have been completed, just in time for National Poetry Month in April. We just learned that the new programs feature Garrison Keillor who introduces each poet. These “shorts” are available online at:

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