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John Updike Collections

The John Updike Collections of the Alvernia University Archives and Special Collections

John Updike Collections

The John Updike Collections contain materials by and about the author John Updike, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, who grew up in the local areas of Shillington and Plowville.

The development of the collections is the result of a continuing partnership with the John Updike Society. In the early planning for its establishment in 2009, the founding members were deeply committed to the establishment of a society archives as an important source in the scholarship of John Updike. Several important collections were obtained through them and in 2011 ownership was transferred to Alvernia University as the permanent home for them and any future collections obtained through the efforts and influence of the Society.

Materials may be viewed in the Archives Research Room by appointment with the Archives staff. The John Updike Collections are housed in the Alvernia University Archives and Special Collections on the first floor at the 951 Morgantown Road facility. To review holdings in the collections, browse the series descriptions indexed by collection title on the navigation tabs.

How do I schedule an appointment to use the John Updike Collections?

To schedule an appointment to use the materials in the John Updike Collections please contact Dr. Eugene Mitchell, Project Archivist, at gene.mitchell@alvernia.edu.