On Tuesday, April 29, join the Penn Libraries and members of the Thayer family for a reception to welcome the John B. Thayer Memorial Collection of the Sinking of the Titanic to its permanent home in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.
This unique collection, which has remained in private hands until now, documents the personal experience of John B. “Jack” Thayer, a Penn alumnus who went on to work as the University’s Vice President of Finance from 1939 to 1945, and his mother, Marian Longstreth Morris Thayer. Both Jack and Marian Thayer survived the fateful shipwreck of 1912.
Items in the collection include the manuscript of Jack’s memoir published in 1940, contemporary newspaper clippings documenting the Thayers’ tale of survival, as well as correspondence between Marian Thayer and J. B. Ismay, CEO of the White Star Line, which commissioned the Titanic.
Housed on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, the Kislak Center actively seeks to provide original source material for study in the humanities at Penn. These collections support the research and instructional efforts of Penn’s faculty and students, and serve as a resource for scholars throughout the world.
The reception will take place at the Kislak Center, Sixth Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut St.
The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Nancy Gulsoy at email@example.com or 215-898-2520.