May 28, 2022

Large Collection of Superman Items Donated to Cleveland Public Library

From the AP (via Columbus Dispatch):

A comic strip writer who is a Superman super-fan has donated his collection of about 17,000 pieces for a permanent exhibit dedicated to the Man of Steel at Cleveland’s main library.

Seventy-five years’ worth of Superman memorabilia was boxed up by Arkansas native Mike Curtis and sent by truck to the Cleveland Public Library, where staff will put together an exhibit honoring the hero’s creators.

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For More About this Collection see, “Superman Collection Arrives, Will Become Heart of a Superman Exhibit” (via Cleveland.Com)

Amy Dawson, manager of the library’s literature department, said they will categorize every piece of paper, every magazine article about Superman, every lunchbox, every game, every glass, every toy and then preserve it the best way possible.

“There is a lot here,” she said, looking at the dozens of boxes in a library storage area. “We will apply for a grant to get money so we can preserve and restore the pieces. There are some valuable pieces here that people will want to look at.”

The job of doing the physical, painstaking labor involved goes to Michael Olszewski, president of the Siegel and Shuster Society. Olszweski is working toward a master’s degree in library science, and working with this collection qualifies as work toward his degree. He is officially an intern with the Cleveland Library.

He said it will take until the end of the year to categorize and describe each item. Dawson said they will work with specialists to clean up and preserve many of the pieces.

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