brautigan library


The Brautigan Library, a unique collection of nearly 400 unpublished manuscripts written by everyday authors, has a new home in Vancouver, Washington thanks to a partnership between the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program (CMDC) at Washington State University Vancouver and the Clark County Historical Museum. The Library will become a permanent part of the CCHM’s collection.

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Richard Brautigan was born in Tacoma, WA, and lived in a number of places in the PNW before moving to the San Francisco Area. He was an accomplished poet, novelist and short story writer. In 1990 an all volunteer organization in Vermont, The Brautigan Library Foundation, led by Todd Lockwood, created The Brautigan Library based on Brautigan’s 1971 novel, The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966. The book takes place in a fictitious Carnegie Library modeled after the Presidio Branch of the San Francisco Library which is also a historic Carnegie Library building like ours.

Before closing their doors, The Brautigan Library established a collection of approx. 400 unpublished manuscripts and an archive of related materials. The collection has been in storage in Vermont since 2001. We have spent the last two years negotiating the transfer of the Brautigan Library Collection and see this as an opportunity to develop a critical thinking program at the museum.

If you would like to get involved with this new program, please give your name and contact information to museum staff at the front desk. Museum staff can be contacted by calling (360) 993-5679 or via email at


For more information, visit our adjoining Brautigan Library pages, created by Brautigan scholar Dr. John Barber.