Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Some of what I hope to post here in the near future comes from some other great work done by another volunteer, Lucy Brusic. Lucy has been working through a lot of the John Bennett Shaw ephemera and has found some remarkable pieces. I plan on highlighting some of these finds in future postings.
Finally, I want to alert you to the next session of our ongoing program "First Fridays in Andersen Library" on December 2nd. I'll be presenting material from the Sherlock Holmes Collections, focusing on some of our most important collectors/donors. It should be a fun session and I hope you have the chance to join us.
In the meantime, I wish you all the best during this Thanksgiving season!
Monday, March 21, 2011
According to the tape label "This episode was recorded from a live broadcast at 'The Game Is Afloat' convention, 9 October 1993, St. Charles, Missouri and was a production of "the Victorian Broadcasting System." The production runs to just under twenty minutes.
Our thanks to Bill Cochran for his assistance and Mary Schroeder for permission to post this work.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Among the Sherlockian world I'm not sure how the day is celebrated, but we might think of lifting a glass to the Doyle and Foley clans who produced Sir Arthur. Although Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh his father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. So there is cause for celebration.
There was also cause for celebration on January 8, 1994 when the Baker Street Irregulars gathered as part of their 60th anniversary weekend. Those festivities were captured in another recording from the Sherlock Holmes Collections that has been added to the U Media Archive. The occasion was the Baker Street Irregular's Saturday-afternoon cocktail party at 24 Fifth Avenue in New York. The agenda included Jon Lellenberg and Clint Gould's "March of Time" report on the history of the BSI, a performance by Paul Singleton and Philip Brogdon of an excerpt from Jeremy Paul's play "The Secret of Sherlock Holmes", poetic reports by Al Rosenblatt and Marilyn McKay on the events of the previous evening, the award of an Irregular Shilling and Investiture to Catherine Cooke ("The Book of Life"), the usual fast-and-furious auction for the Dr. John H. Watson Fund, and a warm tribute to Tom Stix delivered by Bob Thomalen.
The recording is presented in two parts on U Media. The first part runs to about 45 minutes; the second part runs to about 40 minutes. Following the second part on the same tape is another recording from an unidentified location: a short talk by Robert Brodie on Dr. John H. Watson's Finances. (This talk may be found at the time-point 32:23 in the clip.)
However you celebrate St. Patrick, enjoy the day and stay safe. And enjoy these little glimpses into the life and times of the Baker Street Irregulars.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Jim Hawkins, in a tribute to John Bennett Shaw, noted this about the Moriarty scion society and Shaw's connection with it: "His home-made stationery showed Holmes, with deerstalker and pipe and magnifying-glass in hand, poring over a map of New Mexico with the town of Moriarty in view. Moriarty, the town, was important to Shaw's local scion, The Brothers Three of Moriarty. Their annual trek to that pitiable village was called the Happy-Birthday-You-Bastard-Moriarity."
The New York Times, in an article on the centenary appearance of Holmes, reported the following about Shaw and the Brothers Three: "From Sante Fe, N.M., came John Bennett Shaw, secretary of the Irregulars, who said he has the country's biggest collector of Sherlockiana (12,000 books). His club in New Mexico is called the Brothers Three Moriarity.
'The club is named after the three Moriarty brothers in the Holmes stories,' Mr. Shaw said, pointing to his pin. 'Our club insignia is three J's - all three were named James - with the middle one being a crooked J because Professor Moriarty was the crooked brother.'"
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This collection has been available on our unit web site for some time but we thought it was time to migrate the text and images to the U Media Archive. The original site was designed by Matthew James Buell, Mark Gill and professor Eva von Dassow as part of The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at the University of Minnesota. Professor von Dassow was responsible for the new text editions, Buell designed and programmed the web site, and Gill researched the history of this collection and the career of Edgar J. Banks. Ahn Na Brodie from the Libraries' digital services photographed the inscriptions. Marcel Sigrist also assisted on the text editions.
Gill made the following observations about Banks. "Edgar James Banks was the dealer who sold the University many, if not most, of its cuneiform tablets. He was very active in the first few decades of the twentieth century, and is responsible for most of the small cuneiform collections at universities, seminaries, and museums around the country. Banks led an interesting life, a summary of which can be found in the excellent article, "The Forgotten Indiana Jones," by Dr. Ewa Wasilewska. Dr. Wasilewska is writing a biography of Edgar Banks, and we are very grateful to her for her advice and help in identifying Banks' handwriting. Banks himself wrote several books, and one of them, Bismya or The Lost City of Adab, has been made available online by the University of Chicago Library. As a final note, at least one of the two cones in the collection was purchased from Banks, but we have been unable to determine which one; also, it seems likely that Banks was the source of some of the uncredited tablets."
Mrs. Kate Koon Bovey donated at least one of the tablets, but we don't have enough information to credit her with the donation of any specific tablet.
The most recent addition to our collection is the donation of a three-sided sealed clay label from the Ur III period, UM 19, donated by Karen Moynihan in August 2001.
The digitization of this collection is part of a worldwide effort to provide cuneiform-inscribed texts on the internet. This effort is spearheaded by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), a joint project of the University of California at Los Angeles and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
The program, hosted by Dan Erwine, featured two guests. Willis G. Frick joined Erwine in the studio and Bruce Southworth joined the conversation by telephone from Minnesota. Many of us know Mr. Frick through his web site Sherlocktron's Holmepage. Bruce Southworth is a Baker Street Irregular and member of the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota.
The tape of this broadcast was a gift to the Holmes Collections from Bruce Southworth. The file runs to about 47 minutes.
Friday, March 11, 2011
The first clip is of Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, testifying at a Senate hearing in 1969 for support of public broadcasting. The second clip is his acceptance speech at the 1997 Daytime Emmy awards.
Click here to get to the link from the New York Times.
Oh that there were more Fred Rogers in the world!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The first part includes the toast by Bill Schweickert to The Woman, Theresa Thomalen, during the pre-dinner cocktail party; the Sherlock Holmes prayer delivered by Dr. Ben Wood; a greeting read by Richard Shull from "the sage of Sante Fe," John Bennett Shaw; a greeting from the Sherlock Holmes Society of London by Geoffrey Stavert; a letter from Her Majesty's Government via Ambassador Sir Robin Renwick read by Richard Shull; expressions of thanks from Mr. Stix to those who assisted with the celebration; a reading of Elmer Davis's "BSI Constitution and Buy Laws" by Richard Miller; and a toast to Dr. Watson's Second Wife by Robert Katz.
The second part includes the continuation of the toast to Dr. Watson's Second Wife by Robert Katz; the "stand upon the terrace" obituaries read by Michael McClure; the Musgrave Ritual read by Kathryn White and David Stuart Davies; a toast to Mrs. Hudson by Ruthann Stetak; a toast to "The Game's afoot" by Ed Van der Flaes; a toast to "the second most dangerous man in London" by Steve Doyle; a toast to the Sherlockian spouse by Michael Kean; and Don Pollock on the demise of the Baker Street Miscellanea.
The third part includes the continuation of Don Pollock's presentation on the demise of the Baker Street Miscellanea; Bruce Montgomery's melodic tribute to his grand-aunt Clara and to his father, James; George Fletcher's anecdotal history of The Baker Street Journal; and a joint presentation by Susan Rice and Mickey Fromkin of some of the better Irregular poetry.
The final part includes comments by Tom Stix, Steve Rothman's discussion of the very early meetings of the BSI, and reminiscences of the annual dinners of the 1950s by David Weiss (who had been attending the annual dinners for more than 40 years). Irregular Shillings and Investitures were given to Peter J. Crupe ("The Noble Bachelor"), Mickey Fromkin ("The Missing Three-Quarter"), Ruthann Stetak ("The Camberwell Poisoning Case"), Geoffrey Stavert ("The Shingle of Southsea"), Bill Vande Water ("An Enlarged Photograph"), Don Izban ("Market Street"), Tom Joyce ("A Yellow-Backed Novel"), Hirotaka Ueda ("Japanese Armor"), Thomas Utecht ("Arthur Charpentier"), Francine Swift ("The Wigmore Street Post Office"), and Bruce Montgomery ("The Red Circle"). Eleanor O'Connor was awarded the Queen Victoria Medal in recognition of her many years of assistance to the BSI at the annual dinners, and Don Redmond (who was nearly ready to publish a new index to the Baker Street Journal updated through 1993) received the BSI's Two-Shilling Award. Bill Schweickert's own poetic birthday tribute to the Master, "A Long Evening With Holmes," ended the festivities.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
It is not certain where this event took place but a label on the tape indicates a date of April 7, 1982. Perhaps it was a joint event between the Norwegian Explorers and the University Libraries. We'll have to dig into the archives of the Explorers to see if anything turns up.
The recording is just over 58 minutes in length.
Friday, March 4, 2011
The full title of Mr. Key's talk was "Keeping the Holmes Fires Burning and Dr. Philip S. Hench's Contributions." At the conclusion of his talk the Fox Movietone interview of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was shown and comments offered by E. W. McDiarmid and Bryce Crawford. Also in the audience was Andrew Malec, at the time the Doyle bibliographer for Special Collections and Rare Books at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Some of the audio quality is poor, especially the comments at the end which were not picked up well by the recording equipment. The recording is just over 51 minutes in length.
Other materials related to Mr. Key's interest in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes may be found in the Jack Key Collection, an archival component of the Sherlock Holmes Collections.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Bruce Southworth is an invested member of the Baker Street Irregulars (as Victor Hatherley) and has been a member of both the Norwegian Explorers and Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections. Steve Staruch, the host of the program, can now be heard on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. Previously he hosted a number of programs on WCAL, including a weeknight program of sacred and contemplative music. An accomplished musician, Staruch is a violist with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and his own group, the WolfGang. He was a tenor in the Dale Warland Singers for seven seasons and also sang in the Oregon Bach Festival.
WCAL operated on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota until its purchase by Minnesota Public Radio. Our sincere thanks to Gary S. De Krey, professor of History and Archivist at St. Olaf for permission to post this interesting interview.
Additional information on Steele may be found in the excellent exhibit catalogs from the Holmes Collections: The Other Master -- Frederic Dorr Steele and The Frederic Dorr Steele Memorial Collection, both prepared by our local expert on Steele, Andrew Malec.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
We don't know who organized the "News-Maker" lunches so I may contact Don Shelby to see if he has any additional information about these events. If anyone else might know about this series I'd be interested in finding out more.
The recording is just under a half-hour in length, perfect for a lunch-time event.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It's the opening of the Arthur Conan Doyle Research Room, my dear Watson
Whether it's an original Sherlock Holmes manuscript, a poster advertising a Sherlock Holmes play at Richmond Hippodrome in 1912 or even a Sherlock Holmes pipe, sleuths can now explore one of the finest collections relating to Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes in the world.
The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green Bequest was donated to Portsmouth by the writer and collector Richard Lancelyn Green's family following his death in 2004.
A leading Sherlock Holmes specialist and Arthur Conan Doyle Scholar, Richard Lancelyn Green's collection spans over 40,000 items, archives and artefacts relating to Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, collected over 40 years.
The Arthur Conan Doyle Research Room will give students and fans easier access to books, pictures, letters and other other treasures.
Located at the central library, the room was officially opened today (21 February) by author Andrew Lycett.
Cllr Lee Hunt, member for culture, leisure and sport said: "The Arthur Conan Doyle research room is a fitting venue to explore one of the finest collections relating to Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes in the world."
"It's a fantastic resource for schools, colleges and local universities covering many different aspects of the curriculum.
We hope the room will contribute to the development of the central library as a Portsmouth literary centre that celebrate the literary wealth of Portsmouth."
For more information contact Fiona-Jane Brown, Conan Doyle projects officer on 023 9283 4727.
The following events are planned to mark the opening of the new Arthur Conan Doyle Research Room
Monday 21 February
11am - Official opening
2pm – Talk on the birth of Sherlock Holmes by Tony Pointon
Tuesday 22 February
All day – Cryptic crossword workshop with Tim Moorey
Wednesday 23 February
7.30pm – Decoding Sherlock
Thursday 24 February
2pm – Turning the tables by Paul Cissell
7.30pm – Turning the tables: the secrets of Victorian mediumship revealed
Friday 25 February
All day – Code breaking, the war time enigma with Bletchley Park Museum
Saturday 26 February
7.30pm – Sherlock Holmes film night
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The only other idea I have is that it may, indeed, be McDiarmid but that there was some fault with his recording equipment. I haven't played with the pitch in the recording. But there's something about the reading that says to me that this isn't the case, that it is someone else reading the poem. But who?
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
But there's nothing nasty about a new recording I've mounted from the Holmes Collections on the U Media Archive. In fact I think it has a certain innocence and sweetness to it, in part because it was a recording I believe was not really meant to be heard. Its a practice piece by a prominent Sherlockian.
I remember when I was much younger, learning to play the trombone (and later the tuba) that people really didn't want to hear me practice. Of course, when you're practicing the tuba where can you go where people can't hear you. (In my case I practiced in the basement and the whole house reverberated with my om pa pas.)
In this case the practitioner was E. W. McDiarmid. In this recording he's preparing a talk to students at Breck School the following day on the cult of Sherlock Holmes. As Dr. McDiarmid mentions towards the beginning of the tape, following this lecture the students would be visiting the Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota. There's no date on the tape, so we don't know when this was made. But its a sweet moment to hear the voice once again of a former University Librarian and founding member of the Norwegian Explorers.
(photo credit of McDiarmid: Marlin Levison, Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Mr. Malec pointed me to a book, History of St. Paul and Vicinity: A Chronicle of Progress and a Narrative Account of the Industries, Institutions and People of the City and its Tributary Territory by Henry A. Castle, Volume II, Illustrated (Chicago and New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912). An online version of this book is available here (although the text has some typographical problems due to how it was entered). If you search for "Informal Club" in the full-text version you'll find an lengthy discussion on the history of the club. A Google Books version of volume one is available here.
As for Mr. Smith, we have more information. Indeed, a number of his works are found in our catalog including Lost in the Rentharpian Hills: spanning the decades with Carl Jacobi (Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1985); Jeremy Brett and David Burke: an adventure in canonical fidelity (Minneapolis: Special Collections & Rare Books, University of Minnesota Libraries, 1986) and (Cambridge, England: Rupert Books, 1998); Remembering Jeremy Brett, (with Michael Cox) (Cambridge, England: Rupert Books, 1997); and Ronald Colman: gentleman of the cinema (Jefferson, N.C. ; London: McFarland, 2002). From the biographical sketch given in the Norwegian Explorers conference proceedings from 1993 ("Rogues, Rascals, and Ruffians") we find this: "R. Dixon Smith attended the University of Connecticut, where he received his BA and MA degrees. He has lectured on early cinema at numerous colleges and universities....He has been a member of the Norwegian Explorers since 1975." At some later time Mr. Smith established Rupert Books in Cambridge, but this establishment is, alas, no longer with us.
Mysteries aside, what we have is an interesting portion of a talk given by someone very knowledgeable on Holmes and cinema. If, by chance, we find the remaining portion of this talk, we'll put them together in a single file.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
We have no idea who or what the Informal Club was, but have written to George Hubbs asking us if he can supply us with some additional information and context for his talk. We'll report back anything we hear.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
A sample of these audio tapes has been mounted on the U Media Archive web site. Most of the fifty-seven recordings currently on the site were digitized by Tim and his colleagues at MPR during the production phase of the documentary and digital copies were provided to the U of M Libraries. We've added a few more recordings since then and plan on adding more.
Some of the significant recordings include: the announcement by McCarthy of his candidacy for president; a campaign song by Peter, Paul and Mary; and the debate between McCarthy and fellow Democratic candidate Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Many of the recordings are speeches McCarthy made on the campaign trail. There's plenty to discover, and we'll be adding more.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
The meeting begins with a note that E. W. McDiarmid, while not present (having just received a pacemaker and recuperating), was there very much in spirit. The Canonical toasts were given (including one by Explorer founder Bryce Crawford and another by Raymond Shove). The audio quality is not the best, given the position of different speakers in the room (especially for the toasts), but we've tried to compensate a bit in the recording levels on these softer passages.
Pj Doyle was the master (or mistress) of ceremonies. On a registration form for the event (found in the archives of the Norwegian Explorers) the evening was billed as "The Norwegian Explorers Annual Dinner and Holiday Celebration." It was held at the Campus Club at the University of Minnesota on December 8, 1988. In addition to the toasts the evening included: two Sherlockian songs (Aunt Clara being one of them), sung by Bill Teeple, with some audience participation; the business meeting and election of officers for the Explorers; "The Victorian Christmas Tradition" by Linda Reed; "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," a talk by Pj Doyle; and a dramatic presentation based on a script by Edith Meiser of "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (including audience participation). A good time, it seems, was had by all.
One of the latest additions to the site is a recording of a production of a radio drama, from a script by Edith Meiser, of the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band." The radio drama was performed at the University of Minnesota with Don Shelby as Holmes, Dave Moore as Doctor John Watson, Colleen Needles as Helen Stoner, and Tom Hanneman as Dr. Grimesby Roylott. The production is introduced by E. W. McDiarmid, former University Librarian and member of the Norwegian Explorers with comments by Edith Meiser, who attended the performance. The performance is from July 13, 1983 and lasts about 53 minutes. Enjoy!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
J. Randolph Cox, writing in the Winter 1984 issue of Baker Street Miscellanea, made this observation:
"Among the several lecturers was the noted British author and Sherlockian scholar Michael Harrison, making his first visit ever to the United States. Everywhere in sight throughout the proceedings, he spoke three times in all, and the subject matter of his remarks -- "Sherlock Holmes Then", "The Gaslight Era", and "The London of Sherlock Holmes" -- was treated by him in entertaining "stream of consciousness" fashion. As is the case with his Sherlockian writings, there was an engrossing immediacy to his presentations, bonused in this instance with erudite digressions and with a low-key sense of humor that sat well with the audience. In the estimation of this attendee, at least, his appearances were the high points of the workshop."
If we come across recordings of Harrison's other two talks at this seminar we'll be sure to add them to the U Media Archive.
From the start the meetings [of the Baker Street Irregulars] featured the presentation of "scholarly" papers, focusing on presumed inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the Holmes Canon. As students versed in the history of the sodality are aware, the earliest of these were intended as spoofs of the so-called "higher criticism" as applied to the Bible (the first such, Ronald Knox's 1912 "Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes", established the pattern), and later as gentle jokes at the expense of other examples of academic excess. Over the years, the whimsy has become so refined, and the satire so subtle, that the nonsense is often indistinguishable from the models. Which may be why more than a few of the movement's detractors, oblivious to the leg-pulling, have been academics themselves.Some, in arguing against the Knox thesis, may say that the praxis is in error, that it is unorthodox or heretical. Such may be the case. Or perhaps might makes right.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
January 16, 2011
At U. of Minnesota Libraries, a Curator Beckons Holmes, Sweet Holmes
By Jennifer Howard
If you ever catch Timothy J. Johnson in a deerstalker hat, it's more likely to be blaze orange than the subdued houndstooth associated with Sherlock Holmes. The game Mr. Johnson stalks really is deer, not London's criminal element. As the recently appointed E.W. McDiarmid curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, though, the native Minnesotan has developed a close bond with the fictional London detective and his world.
Mr. Johnson has charge of what he describes as the world's largest collection of material related to Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The archive includes the 1887 Beeton's Christmas Annual, which contained the first Holmes story to appear in print ("A Study in Scarlet"); 31 copies still exist worldwide, and Minnesota holds four of them. The collection also features many letters from Doyle to various correspondents as well as original artwork and sketches done by Frederic Dorr Steele, who illustrated Holmes stories for Collier's Weekly. And it contains the correspondence of John Bennett Shaw, a collector of Sherlockiana with close ties to the organization of Holmes enthusiasts known as the Baker Street Irregulars.
Before being named the Holmes Collections' curator, Mr. Johnson, 53, was already the Twin Cities campus library's curator of special collections and rare books, and he continues to oversee those areas. "When you have Holmes and Watson waiting for you and you have all the other stuff besides," he says, "it's not too hard to get up in the morning."
The Holmes Collections officially date back to 1974, when the university bought a private collector's set of first editions. Mr. Johnson credits E.W. McDiarmid, who had been university librarian, with inspiring the purchase. McDiarmid had been part of a group of Holmes-loving faculty members who began meeting in the late 1940s, calling themselves the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota.
In 1978 the Minnesota's Holmes holdings got a big boost when the university received a large collection of rare Holmes and Doyle material from the estate of a doctor at the Mayo Clinic. "That got everybody in the Sherlockian world's attention," Mr. Johnson says. "It included a lot of very rare first editions, some original artwork, some manuscript material. That kind of put us on the map in terms of Sherlock Holmes collections." Subsequent gifts and purchases have continued to expand the collections.
Mr. Johnson describes himself as being "gradually and enjoyably pulled into the world of Sherlock Holmes." He read the Doyle stories as a kid and grew up watching matinee broadcasts of the movies that starred Basil Rathbone as the hawk-nosed sleuth. In the 1980s, when PBS broadcast its Holmes adaptations starring Jeremy Brett, Mr. Johnson recorded them with his VCR so he could watch them again and again.
An undergraduate history major, he got his graduate degree at the University of Minnesota's library school. He worked as a reference and instructional-services librarian at Barat College, in Illinois, and moonlighted as a medical librarian at a local hospital.
"That almost changed my career because I really liked medical librarianship, and it also happened to be the hospital the Chicago Bears used," Mr. Johnson says. "I bumped into a lot of Chicago Bears there." He wanted to get back to his native state, however, and jumped at the chance to return when the special-collections and rare-books job at Minnesota opened up in 1998.
A good part of Mr. Johnson's work at Minnesota has involved cultivating potential donors as well as tending the rare materials in his charge. He spent 10 years helping to raise money to establish the curatorship named after McDiarmid. A large bequest from another longtime member of the Norwegian Explorers put the fund-raising campaign over the top and allowed the university to endow the position that Mr. Johnson now holds.
Scholarly interest in Holmes comes in waves and is once again on the rise, Mr. Johnson says. He is working to set up a visiting scholars' program, and he'd like to see the collections continue to expand. The library has been keeping an eye on the work of writers who create parodies or pastiches of, or homages to, Doyle's creation. The Minnesota writer Larry Millet, for example, has written a series of Holmes adventures that bring the great detective to the Midwest in the 1890s.
The library has begun the long process of putting the Holmes Collections online. Mr. Johnson would love to add more original Doyle papers and publications, but "it's going to be harder to find that material," he says. "There are a few of the Holmes stories that are floating around in manuscript form that might be available, but you're talking at least six figures to purchase those."
If there's a Sherlockian holy grail, it's manuscript pages from The Hound of the Baskervilles. "That's the one manuscript that Doyle treated a little differently," Mr. Johnson says. The author gave that manuscript to his American publisher, "who basically took it apart and used the individual pages as advertising. They were put on card stock and put in store windows announcing Doyle's new story."
The New York Public Library owns one complete chapter of the manuscript, while Minnesota's collection has four pages, Mr. Johnson says. "If I could get my hands on a few more pages, that would be delightful."