New York Public Library Gets Schlesinger Papers

The New York Public Library will announce its acquisition of 280 linear feet of Arthur Schlesinger’s documents today, according to The New York Times. There are 400 boxes of the historian’s correspondence and documents, covering everything from his travel diaries of the 1930’s to his phone-message log from the 1980’s.

In his long career Mr. Schlesinger was, among other things, a speechwriter for John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign, a special assistant to the president from 1961 to 1964 and a trustee of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. He was also active in Edward M. Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign. He won two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards and taught history at the City University of New York.

Mr. Schlesinger wanted the library to be his papers’ final resting place; negotiations for the acquisition were almost complete when he died of a heart attack in February at 89.