Charles M. Schulz workspace library

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Charles M. Schulz workspace library

dec 18, 2022, 1:54 pm

At the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, on the second floor, they have reassembled everything that was in Schulz's "working space" from his home at the time of his death, including all of the books that were on the shelves in that area. In multiple visits, I have photographed all of these books (mostly spines but some covers), which are otherwise behind glass to prevent people from touching them, and I believe I have a complete list of every book displayed in that room -- and since I have been there multiple times, my photographic evidence indicates that this is a stable collection that has not changed over the years.

I realize that this is a very specifically-targeted library of books -- only those that were in Schulz' workspace, as opposed to any that might have been elsewhere in his home. But I thought I'd at least ask if this seemed like a good target for a Legacy Library?

dec 18, 2022, 2:07 pm

I think that would be interesting.

dec 18, 2022, 3:19 pm

Our own benjclark is the curator there so let's see what he says about that!

dec 18, 2022, 3:23 pm

dec 21, 2022, 1:18 am

>3 JBD1: Yeah. I actually know benjclark (long story). I'd love to hear what he thinks about this!

jan 5, 5:50 pm

Hello! Sorry to have missed this until now.

To clarify -- the books in the recreated studio at the Schulz Museum *all* belonged to Charles M. Schulz, except one -- a novel by his son Monte Schulz that he wrote for his Dad, but he didn't get to see. The books that are on exhibit are only a small portion of the books from Schulz's studio. There are hundreds and hundreds more. The museum's collection is representative only, from what I understand. It was put together by a previous curator who didn't leave me any notes on the subject. It's not a bad selection, just a little random in spots. Schulz's other books are still in his actual studio near the museum. His large collection of books at home was largely lost in the 2017 Tubbs Fire, which destroyed his house. Between his death in 2000 and the destruction of the house in 2017, many books were given away to friends, family, etc.

Someday, I'll revisit the collection at his actual studio and add important books to the museum's collection. I'd love to produce an annotated catalog of his entire library some day.

That said, we're a long way from that happening.

So --- I think we can do this. I'll have around 800 records of books and record albums we can put together, which should give us a decent look at his reading, interests, and influences.

jan 6, 4:38 am

>6 benjclark: Nice. I would be interested in helping