Community College Foundation has received a donation of a rare, unpublished
letter written by author Ernest Hemingway while in Havana in 1933. Attorney
Larry Peterson of Lake Oswego donated the letter jointly to the CCC Foundation
and the Alden E. Miller Law Library of Clackamas County.
letter is handwritten in pencil on four sheets of Inglaterra
Restaurant-Café-Bar stationary. The letter is written to Hemingway’s friend and
hunting and fishing partner Charles Thompson. He writes of deep-sea fishing off
Cuba, his car he left in Key West, Fla., and of postponing an upcoming trip to
Africa. It is believed to be one of four unpublished Hemingway letters.
Hemingway enthusiast who has collected memorabilia and artifacts over the
years, purchased the letter at a Christie’s auction in New York in December
1993. The unpublished Hemingway letter by the Nobel Prize-winning author has
been stored in a cool, dry place for the past 20 years. Along with the letter
are several newspaper articles about Hemingway from the 1930s and a large,
vintage book on sport fishing in America that includes a chapter written by the
author known for his spare, unadorned writing style.
“I’m a great fan
of the community college,” said Peterson. “I’m pleased the letter will be a
part of the college where so many people go to get a start in life.”
The CCC Foundation
is drawing up a memorandum of understanding with the Law Library of Clackamas
County that will detail how the two entities will share in the ownership of the
opportunities with such a gift are enormous,” said Greg Fitzgerald, executive
director of the CCC Foundation. “We are working with our English Department
faculty, as well as Hemingway experts in the state, to plan activities to
unveil the letter. There may be tremendous research opportunities. We’re
looking at all possibilities.”
The letter is now
in a safe and will remain locked away until arrangements are made for proper
handling and archiving.
information, please contact Greg Fitzgerald at 503-594-3132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.