Thomas Pinney, Pomona College

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Fall 1992


Rudyard Kipling, George Arents Research Library




Arts and Humanities | Library and Information Science


The following is an edited transcript of the talk given by Professor Pinney to the Syracuse University Library Associates on 25 September 1992. Professor Pinney is the editor of The Letters of Rudyard Kipling.

Though Kipling is known to have visited New York State, it is unlikely that he ever saw the streets of Syracuse. However, he is notably present in the city now through the large, important, and growing collection of his letters and printed works assembled here in the George Arents Research Library for Special Collections. There are other important Kipling collections in the United States. Kipling's great popularity in this country meant that his work, and everything connected with it, was eagerly sought after from the beginning of his career. As a result, considerable collections are now to be found in libraries throughout the country - in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library, the Ransom Library of the University of Texas, and the Bancroft Library of the University of California, to name only a few. But the Syracuse collection is not only the peer of these rivals, it is the most actively growing of them all.


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