Handwriting Is Not Dead: A Conversation with Collector Pedro Corrêa do Lago

When he was just eleven years old Pedro Corrêa do Lago wrote to ask François Truffaut for his signature and received, by return mail, a book inscribed by the French director. Over the ensuing decades Corrêa do Lago built one of the world’s most compelling collections of its kind. What draws him—and us—to a personal letter from Emily Dickinson, a psychoanalysis bill penned by Freud, or an inscrutable note from Rasputin? Corrêa do Lago joins Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, for a lively discussion about the lure of handwriting and the joy of collecting.

The exhibition The Magic of Handwriting: The Pedro Corrêa do Lago Collection will be open at 5:30 pm for program attendees.

Thursday, May 31, 6:30 pm
Tickets: 
$15; free for members and students with a valid ID.

Letter from seven-year-old Victoria, the future Queen of Great Britain, to her uncle the Duke of York, 16 August 1826. Collection of Pedro Corrêa do Lago.

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