May 21, 2022

University of Michigan Library: “Letters to Orson Welles Draw an (online) Crowd”

From the U. of Michigan Library:

Orson Welles (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

In just three days, a group of volunteers from around the world transcribed more than 1300 letters (almost 2000 pages), mostly handwritten, sent to Orson Welles and his network CBS in the wake of the infamous 1938 War of Worlds radio broadcast.


The digitized letters and their transcriptions will soon be available to the public along with lesson plans created in collaboration with teachers and schools in southeast Michigan, aimed at instructors and students in middle school, high school, and community college.

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See Also: Findings Aids, University of Michigan Library Special Collections Research Center

See Also: Help University of Michigan get Orson Welles into classrooms (via WellesNet; April 14, 2020

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