John Hay Library of Providence and H. P. Lovecraft

Quick intro-aside: Still exhausted and bleary-eyed from a wonderful weekend at NECON. Everyone there was friendly and wonderful and it’ll take me the rest of the summer to properly recover from the festivities.

On Friday morning a group of folks, (Brian Keene, James A. Moore, Charles Rutledge, Mary SanGiovanni, Nick Kaufmann, his wife Alexa, Dave Thomas, and me! Huge thanks to Brian for setting up and organizing the visit.) visited the John Hay Library at Brown University. Gorgeous building. Christopher Geissler, of the Librarian for American and British Literary and Popular Culture Collections, spent an our with us and shared some their Lovecraft artifacts. Christopher was so gracious and accommodating and we can’t thank him enough. The great news is the Library is preparing a Lovecraft exhibit for the public to open possibly the day before the Necronomicon convention begins. So con goers, put a trip to the John Hay Library in your schedules.  Let’s make with the photos!

“Commonplace” notebook.

First page of the commonplace notebook.

First page of the commonplace notebook.

another notebook

another notebook

interior of notebook 2

interior of notebook 2

Notes for At the Mountains of Madness

Notes for At the Mountains of Madness

more story notes

more story notes

Original long-hand MS of AtMoM. (ignore my shadow reflection on the plastic sleeve of the page)

Original long-hand MS of AtMoM. (ignore my shadow reflection on the plastic sleeve of the page)

page 2 of AtMoM

page 2 of AtMoM

cover page

cover page

original typed MS of AtMoM

original typed MS of AtMoM

CoC title page

CoC title page

CoC manuscript.

CoC manuscript.

The Colour Out of Space

The Colour Out of Space

Dunwich title page

Dunwich title page

letters

letters

letter2letterenvelope

In the library with HP.

In the library with HP.

Group shot (photo by Charles Rutledge)

Group shot (photo by Charles Rutledge)

Not pictured were all the Charles Dexter Ward pages, more letters, a smooshed mosquito that bit Lovecraft (so I suggest we make a Lovecraft Jurassic Park, but I do not volunteer to watch the Lovecraft paddock) and an and incredible collection of Lovecraft fan-art drawn by a teen-aged Robert Bloch. All of which will be on display from late August through January!

Brian Keene also talks about the trip and includes some pictures. 

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  1. Pingback: Treasures of the John Hay Library | TENTACLII :: H.P. Lovecraft blog

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