literary landmarks in Texas

  • O. Henry House and Museum, Austin, TX, 1999
  • Menger Hotel (associated with Oscar Wilde, O. Henry, and Theodore Roosevelt), San Antonio, TX, 2000
  • Katharine Anne Porter home, Kyle, TX, 2002
  • Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, Austin, TX. Noted Texas authors, including James Michener, Walter Prescott Webb, and Jack “Jaxon” Jackson used the state archives for research and inspiration. Former U.S. and Texas First Lady Laura Bush spoke at the building’s dedication. Dedicated Dec. 3, 2009. Partners: Friends of Libraries & Archives in Texas and Texas Center for the Book.

The Literary Landmarks Association was founded in 1986 by former FOLUSA  [Friends of the Library United States of America] president Frederick G. Ruffner to encourage the dedication of historic literary sites. The first dedication was at Slip F18 in Bahia Mar, Florida, the anchorage of the Busted Flush, the houseboat home of novelist John D. MacDonald’s protagonist Travis McGee.

In 1989, the Literary Landmark project became an official FOLUSA committee. Literary Landmarks will continue under ALTAFF, the newly formed division of ALA created by the joining of FOLUSA and ALTA [Association for Library Trustees and Advocates].

Dedications have included homes of famous writers (Tennessee Williams, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, William Faulkner), libraries and museum collections, literary scenes (such as John’s Grill in San Francisco, immortalized by Dashiell Hammett, and Willa Cather’s Prairie near Red Cloud, Nebraska), and even “Grip” the Raven, formerly the pet of Charles Dickens and inspiration to Edgar Allan Poe and now presiding (stuffed) at the Rare Books Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The list of dedicated sites continues to grow.

Local Friends groups, State Friends, Trustees, and libraries may apply to dedicate a Literary Landmark. When an appropriate landmark is identified, the sponsoring group plans a dedication ceremony and applies to ALTAFF for official recognition.


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