Sagan papers now available to public

Back in June of 2012, we brought you the story of the person behind the Carl Sagan collection of personal papers.

It is now available to the public.

MacFarlane Collection of Sagan & Druyan Archive | News Releases – Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today was joined by Emmy Award-winner Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan, the longtime collaborator and widow of astrobiologist Carl Sagan, to celebrate the official opening of The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive to the public at the Library of Congress.

Carl Sagan (1934-1996), a celebrated American astronomer, pioneering space scientist, astrobiologist, educator, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was a consummate communicator who bridged the gap between academe and popular culture. The processed collection comprises 1,705 archival boxes of materials and came to the Library through the generosity of Emmy Award-winner MacFarlane. It includes Sagan’s earliest notebooks and report cards, extensive correspondence with scientists and other major figures of the 20th century, drafts of scientific papers, books, articles, historical documents of the first 40 years of the space age and his laboratory research at Cornell University on subjects as varied as the origin of life, global warming and nuclear winter.

That’s what I consider a worthy way of spending money. I hope this leads to more projects and written pieces on Dr. Sagan. Once again, thank you, Seth MacFarlane.

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  4 comments for “Sagan papers now available to public

  1. Bob
    November 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I don’t know if you have ever worked in an archive, but that is an ENORMOUS processing job. Wow. That was not cheap.

  2. spookyparadigm
    November 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I’d be curious to see if there are any notes on when he briefly toyed with the ancient astronaut hypothesis (specifically the Oannes myth) before rejecting it. It would be a fascinating case study in how yes, _S_cience can have an “open mind,” at least until the evidence makes it clear the idea in question is wrong.

  3. November 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    you are my hero, seth mcfarland!

  4. November 14, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    It’s not enough to make amends for The Cleveland Show *shudder* but it’s a start.

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