Collecting Sarah Piatt at The Ohio State University's Rare Books & Manuscripts Library

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What role can a special collections library play in helping recover a forgotten writer? This article provides a case study from a curator's perspective on building a collection dedicated to the nineteenth-century American poet Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt at Ohio State University's Rare Books & Manuscripts Library (RBML). A partnership between teaching faculty and RBML has helped make OSU a center for Piatt research by developing published and archival collections, digital projects, and oral histories. I will discuss RBML's approach to collection development and how Piatt fits into the broader collecting goals, the strategies involved in this project, and the benefits of prioritizing a lesser-known writer.



Sarah Piatt, special collections, American literature, collection development


Braun, Jolie. "Collecting Sarah Piatt at the Ohio State University's Rare Books & Manuscripts Library." American Literary Realism, vol. 55 no. 3, 2023, p. 240-247. Project MUSE