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Fall 2004 Newsletter

Lake Cataloging Complete on Mellon Grant


Catherine Stollar, Monique Daviau, and
Richard Workman.

The Ransom Center is proud to announce the completion of the cataloging of the Carlton Lake Collection of French Manuscripts. With financial assistance from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the papers were processed over an eight-month period. The Carlton Lake Collection is one of the most important collections of French literary manuscripts outside of Paris. Over sixty years, Lake amassed this grand collection of rare and important French literary manuscripts, including the works of Jean Cocteau, Céline, Colette, Henri Pierre Roché, Gertrude Stein, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Guillaume Apollinaire, Valentine Hugo, and many more. Carlton Lake retired from the Ransom Center in 2003 with the title Executive Curator Emeritus.

The Mellon team, consisting of Monique Daviau, Richard Workman, and Catherine Stollar, along with Head of Visual Collections Joan Sibley and French Curator Linda Ashton, began the project in January 2004. The new organization of the collection includes, for the first time, indices of the works and correspondence, leading to more efficient retrieval by future scholars. The new finding aid is one of the Center's largest and will exist in both paper and electronic formats.

The Mellon Foundation provided the Center a grant to catalog four French literary collections over a two year period: the Carlton Lake Collection and the papers of Edouard Dujardin, The William Bradley Literary Agency, and Princess Marthe Bibesco.

The Ransom Center appreciates the Mellon Foundation's continuing support.  

-Monique Daviau

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