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Type: Literary Archive

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 200,000 volumes, close to 9,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, and about 65,000 media elements, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, including the papers of writers such as E. L. Doctorow, Erich Maria Remarque, and William Zinsser.

Address: New York University
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor
New York, NY 10012
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206 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
740 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Type: Literary Archive

Established in 1936, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library has grown to over 300,000 books and over 7,130 linear feet of manuscripts. Particular strengths lie in early printing and the Elizabethan and Stuart periods in England, with works by Shakespeare, various important editions of the Bible, and renaissance school books standing out as distinctive and deep collections. The Library is also renowned for its collections of incunabula and emblem books, the collections in the history of Mark Twain and his age, as well as the papers of such notable figures as William Maxwell, W.S.

Address: 346 Main Library (MC-522)
1408 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
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Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
340 N. Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
2419 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655
Type: Literary Archive

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.

Address: 225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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199 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
17 East 47 Street
New York, NY 10017

Tucson, Arizona

Online Only, posted 1.31.12

Ander Monson, editor of DIAGRAM and author, most recently, of Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir, leads a literary tour of Tucson, Arizona, home of the renowned UA Poetry Center.

Denver

Online Only, posted 12.16.11

In this tour of the Mile High City, novelist Jenny Shank visits the sites, writing groups, organizations, and presses that, despite a down economy, keep her hometown's literary spirit alive in the bootstrapping tradition of those “roaring drunken miners” who founded it.

Homegrown Libraries

10.31.11

Artist Colin McMullan, founder of the Kindness and Imagination Development Society, has found one way to take the act of sharing that’s become so popular with social media outside the electronic box and into the physical world with his Corner Library project.

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Washington, D.C.

Online Only, posted 9.22.11

New York Times best-selling author Carolyn Parkhurst shares the bookstores, reading series, and other literary landmarks of Washington, D.C., that make it “a beautiful, vibrant, creative city."

Los Angeles

Online Only, posted 7.18.11

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From F. Scott Fitzgerald to Nathanael West, Joan Didion to Raymond Chandler, many writers have been inspired by Los Angeles. In this installment of City Guides, Carolyn Kellogg, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and Jacket Copy blogger, visits her favorite haunts made famous by writers of both past and present.

Boston

Online Only, posted 7.18.11

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The city of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalists has produced many prominent writers in its past, but it is also a city whose literary history is still in the making. Ifeanyi Menkiti, who was born in Onitsha, Nigeria, and moved to Massachusetts eventually becoming owner of the nation’s oldest poetry bookstore, tours the vast literary landscape of the greater Boston area.

Chicago

Online Only, posted 7.18.11

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Zach Dodson, cofounder of Featherproof Books, an independent publisher of fiction based in Chicago, takes us on a down and dirty tour of some of Chicago's most popular reading venues, with a few stopovers along the way.

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