Fans of Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel may have seen its recent piece on the Clarence Birdseye field journals, which are held in Archives & Special Collections at Amherst. The two-minute clip covered the basics, but there’s more to the story.
In keeping with Amherst’s motto, Terras Irradient, the new Amherst College Press is part of a broader effort at the college to make information more widely available online.
The Folger Shakespeare Library (which is administered under the auspices of Amherst) has just released—online and for free—“meticulously edited” versions of the 12 most popular Shakespeare plays. Folger Director Michael Witmore believes the texts will become “the electronic edition of record for Shakespeare’s plays.” More digitized plays and poems are forthcoming.
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A first-edition copy (left) and manuscript of Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow '70, on display as part of Archives and Special Collections' Novelists of Amherst exhibition
“Everybody knows the poets of Amherst. Everybody thinks of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson and Richard Wilbur and James Merrill,” Michael Kelly said. “But we have just as many, if not more, novelists.”
Kelly was showing me the new Novelists of Amherst exhibition, in the college’s Archives and Special Collections area on the A Level of Frost Library. Since Kelly arrived as head of Archives and Special Collections a year ago, he said, he’s made it a priority to develop more systematic and extensive collections of all different types of creative writing published by Amherst grads—not just poetry, but also theatrical writing, screenplays and television scripts. And out of “a personal bias toward fiction,” he’s started with this collection of alumni novels.