Happy New Year!

Cushing is open again and I’ve been back and hard at work. First, some major news: Mark your calendars for March 22, 2013! We’re going to open a major exhibit devoted to the work of George R. R. Martin with Martin himself in attendance for a brief talk, Q&A session, and book signing. More details will be forthcoming as things develop, I promise. (Like, a title. A good title is vital. Also, the catalog. And the promos. And — Right, focusing.)

I’ve been spending the interim working on the processing backlog. Of interest to many of you will be The Hyborian Age Archives, a collection of manuscripts and correspondence from the Robert E. Howard files of John D. Clark. Curious as to how the Conan the Barbarian franchise essentially evolved in the 1950s, almost twenty years after Howard’s death? The items in this collection will tell you, including how the Gnome Press volumes were organized and those stories that were liberally rewritten by L. Sprague de Camp when they actually ran out of Howard’s material. Go check out the finding guide here.

(What the archive won’t tell you? How this:

became this:

And we do love you, Khal Drogo Jason Mamoa, but really.)

I’ll also have a student helping me finish processing the fanzine collection we got in 2010. (Look it was 150 boxes and they were all stuffed to the gills, these things take time, ok??) Stay tuned as I expect we’ll find some shiny items to share there as well.

Anyhow, from all of us to all of you, have a very Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see what adventures we’ll all get into!

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