The Library of Congress announced recently that it has acquired the personal papers of American astronomer, astrobiologist and science communicator Carl Sagan (1934-1996). A celebrated scientist, educator, television personality and prolific author, Sagan was a consummate communicator who bridged the gap between academe and popular culture.Sagan introduced millions of people to the wonders of the universe in the 13-part public 1980 public television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.
The Sagan collection has come to the Library through the generosity of writer, producer and director Seth MacFarlane, and is officially designated The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive. MacFarlane, creator of the animated television shows “Family Guy,” ”American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show,” donated the funds to the Library of Congress so it could acquire the papers. MacFarlane Mr. MacFarlane and Sagan's widow and collaborator, Ann Druyan, are wil be collaborating on a follow-up to “Cosmos” which MacFarlane will produce. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will host the series, which is scheduled to begin production this fall.
The collection comprises approximately 800 boxes of materials that document Sagan's life and work and includes his extensive correspondence with scientific colleagues and other important figures of the 20th century. It also includes book drafts, publications files, "idea files" on various subjects, records of various symposia, NASA files and academic files covering the years he taught at Cornell University. Among the personal files are his birth announcement, handwritten notebooks of his earliest thoughts and grammar-school report cards. In addition to manuscript materials, the collection includes photographs, audiotapes and videocassettes. Researchers and scholars will be able to use the collection once it has been fully processed by the Library's archivists.
28 Jun 2012 4:11 PM