Octavia Butler’s Papers Bequeathed to Huntington Library

Octavia Butler’s papers are being added to the holdings of Huntington Library, located in San Marino, California.

Butler, who died in 2006 at age 58, included the Huntington in her will after curator of literary manuscripts Sara “Sue” Hodson approached her regarding the dispensation of her papers. “I was over the moon about it, but I’m crushed to see it come true so soon,” Hodson said. “We are so grateful for her gift but so very sorry that she’s gone.”

Butler’s papers include more than 39 cartons and eight file-cabinet drawers of manuscripts, correspondence, school papers, notebooks, photographs, and other materials. Library staff are processing the collection, which will become available to researchers in the coming year.

For more information, see this item in the Los Angeles Times.

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