Jane Frank has just confirmed that she and her husband are making a major donation of William Hope Hodgson material! The donation consists of the Franks’ WHH archive of original typescripts, offprints, correspondence, photographs and ephemera (formerly known as the Sam Moskowitz collection).
It is being donated to the University of California, Riverside, where it will become part of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy in the UC Riverside Libraries’ Special Collections & University Archives. A formal announcement will be forthcoming from UC Riverside.
A special reception and panel discussion about Hodgson is planned to commemorate this event and will be held on April 16, 2014, at the Library.
In her email to me regarding the donation, Jane stated that it had always been their intention to donate the material to a college or university and that one of their primary goals when buying the collection at the Moskowitz auction was to keep it whole and complete. This will mark the first collection of Hodgson material available to the general public for research and edification.
On a personal note, I am beyond thrilled that the Franks have made this amazingly generous donation. For so long, it has been difficult to do scholarly work on Hodgson due to the lack of primary sources. It is my fervent hope that this will become the leading repository for Hodgson material and that other scholars and collectors will follow suit by donating even more material.
Sadly, I cannot attend the panel on April 16th but I strongly encourage any readers who can to make the trip! It will be the event of a lifetime!