No project of this kind is feasible without a
great deal of support. This one has had the advantage of the best
kind of help: the informed encouragement of the people entrusted
with the care of the extraordinary materials you will see in these
pages. It is a real pleasure to express my deep and warm gratitude
to all of them.
Tom Hickerson, Associate University Librarian
for Information Technologies and Special Collections in the Cornell
University Library, greeted my initial proposal with just the
kind of enthusiasm a scholar dreams of finding in an interlocutor.
He worked out all the details of my appointment, and provided
constant intellectual spurs to the projects realization.
As if that were not enough, he made Cornell and Ithaca my home
away from home in the summer of 1999.
Katherine Regan provided my first serious tour
of the holdings and saved me incalculable time by seeing instantly
which intricacies of the collections organization I needed
to know. My subsequent conversations with her never failed to
expand my sense of the possibilities of what I was doing.
Colleagues in the Kroch Library always had (or
made) time to talk with me; unfailingly helpful, they also knew
how to point me in fruitful directions.
Finally, I am especially grateful to Jennifer
Conklin. From a visual and technical standpoint, Jen has made
the site all I imagined it could be. But of equal importance is
how her passion for the subject itself and her imaginative investment
in this strange and compelling material, have from the first made
her the perfect partner in this venture.