According to The New York Times, the $2.15 million acquisition (paid for mostly by a private donor) includes 190 boxes of material, 10,000 letters dating from 1965 onward and a couple fabric swatches from his tailor, perhaps to give the archives some social realism.
“The collection has a double richness,” said William Stingone, the library’s assistant director for archives and manuscripts. “It will allow research not just into Wolfe as an innovator in style and methodology, but also into the things he did research into. He had access that people will never have again.”
The collection will be on view to inspire a new generation of college students who think eschewing journalistic conventions, proper spelling and grammar is the same thing as never having to learn it in the first place.