Here is a fun post from the New Yorker that highlights the odd literary paraphernalia of the New York Public Library’s Berg Collection. Gifted to the NYPL by Henry W. and Albert A. Berg, this unique “cache of artifacts … includes a lock of Walt Whitman’s hair, Jack Kerouac’s boots, and Virginia Woolf’s walking cane—all guarded by a buzzer and a strict protocol for appointment-only visits.” And these three items just scrape the surface!
However, to learn what other treasures are in this idiosyncratic collection you’ll need to read this fascinating post
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.