Magazine article World Literature Today

Rediscovering the WLT Archives

Magazine article World Literature Today

Rediscovering the WLT Archives

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"Books Abroad is absolutely the most welcome reading I've found in years. I can't believe I tried to live my life, pretending knowledge and posing intelligently, without these volumes."

-Maya Angelou

THERE IT WAS, tucked in between two pieces of day-to-day correspondence in Box 63, Folder 1. A handwritten letter from Maya Angelou. Her kind words laid out in large cursive.

Last May, while cleaning out an old file cabinet, I stumbled across a 98-page document entitled "WLT Archive Index." Curious as to the document's origin and purpose, I asked around the office for insights, and was pointed upstairs to the Western History Collections. WLT and WHC are housed in Monnet Hall, originally the University of Oklahoma's law school. Hundreds of years of history carefully preserved in thousands of boxes have surrounded me as I worked each day, but it wasn't until that day last May that I realized how much of WLT's history was right under my nose, waiting to be rediscovered. …

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