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The Horatio Alger Association to Place Archives to Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
The “Horatio Alger Association Collection” to Include Historical Documents, Multimedia and Publications Marking Decades of the American Dream
WASHINGTON, November 17, 2009 – The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is honored to announce that it will create an official archive at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. The “Horatio Alger Association Collection” will be available for viewing after the spring of 2010.
The collection will house thousands of documents, multimedia records and publications belonging to the association. The written and video biographies of the association’s members tell the stories of the American dream, highlight their “rags to riches” lives, and share their dedication to giving back to those in need. The records and information regarding its admired scholarship programs will also be preserved for posterity and made available to researchers for years to come.
“The Horatio Alger Association is delighted to include our records in the renowned Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University,” said Terrence J. Giroux, executive director of the Horatio Alger Association. “These documents recount the lives of those who have helped shape our nation while in their pursuit of the American dream. This includes association member Dr. John R. Silber, President Emeritus of Boston University, to whom we are very grateful for helping to make this possible.”
“We look forward to including the compelling Horatio Alger member stories and records that exemplify the American dream,” said Vita Paladino, director of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. “We welcome the addition of the association’s records to our extensive and growing collections, as we continue to bring treasured manuscripts to researchers from all over the world.”
The mission of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center is to capture and document history by collecting manuscripts from individuals who play a significant part in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television and political and religious movements. The center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. For more information about the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, please visit their website at http://www.bu.edu/dbin/archives/.
About The Horatio Alger Association
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans continues to fulfill its mission of honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. The Horatio Alger Association offers three annual scholarship programs: the National Scholarship Program, State Scholarship Programs, and Graduate Grants. The association awards nearly $7 million annually in college scholarships and has given more than $63 million to deserving students since 1984. The association is a 2008 Combined Federal Campaign participant, ID# 77062. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.