Two Manuscript Collections Now Open to Researchers
Two sets of papers have been recently cataloged and opened to researchers in the Georgetown University Library Special Collections Research Center.
Peter J. Sullivan (1821-1883) was a notable officer in the American Civil War, and later served as U.S. Minister to Colombia (1867-1869). While this collection of his papers includes a few items relating to the Civil War, the bulk details Sullivan's unsuccessful and largely forgotten efforts to obtain a treaty with the nation of Colombia for the construction of a ship canal across the Isthmus of Darien. Only much later would the United States build the Panama Canal across the Isthmus of Panama.
Ames W. Williams is best remembered as the bibliographer of Stephen Crane. In 1948, together with Vincent Starrett, Williams co-authored Stephen Crane: A Bibliography. Williams' papers include ample correspondence among Stephen Crane scholars.