Author Pat Conroy's handwritten manuscripts, memorabilia being archived in South Carolina

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REMOVES REFERENCE TO COLLECTION DONATED - Author Pat Conroy speaks to a crowd during a ceremony Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Hollings Library in Columbia, S.C. in which Conroy announced that his collection of handwritten manuscripts, personal papers and family memorabilia will go to the University of South Carolina. Dean of University Libraries Tom McNally said the archive was acquired for the university through a donation made by USC alum Richard Smith and his wife Novelle in memory of Richard's mother Dorothy. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

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After the two reconciled, Conroy's father decided to document his son's fame in scrapbooks. McNally said the elder Conroy would go to his son's residence to have coffee, "and go through his mail and steal things for the scrap books, including a letter from Jimmy Carter Pat never knew he'd gotten."

The dean said the collection is more extensive than any he has ever seen in his decades of collecting. Despite advice to keep his financial papers out of the collection, Conroy insisted they be included, McNally said.

"He's written about his family, himself. He is wide open, and he wants all of his archives to be treated just the same," McNally said.

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