APNewsBreak: Pat Conroy manuscripts being archived

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A vast collection of author Pat Conroy's handwritten manuscripts, letters, papers and family mementoes is going to the University of South Carolina.

The 68-year-old Southern writer is appearing Friday at the university for the announcement.

Officials hope the papers become a magnet for research into Southern writers and modern American literature.

The collection includes 10,000 pages of Conroy's handwritten drafts. Conroy never learned to type and doesn't use computers.

It includes 80 scrapbooks made by Conroy's father Don, the Marine Corps pilot who inspired "The Great Santini."

Dean of University Libraries Tom McNally says it is fitting the collection stays in the state that inspired "The Prince of Tides" and "The Lords of Discipline."

The huge archive was acquired for the university through a donation by a Columbia couple.

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