www.mybaycity.com March 15, 2011
Rotary Article 5789

Ken Follett Papers Housed At SVSU

March 15, 2011
By: Stephen Kent

Dr. Carlos Ramet
Dr. Carlos Ramet became interested in Ken Follett while taking a graduate course at the University, Chicago where students were looking at popular culture theory and how to apply that to works like thriller novels. Ramet had not read Follett at the time but came across one of his books in campus bookstore.

The paper Ramet eventually wrote grew into various articles and presentations. In the late 1990's Ramet took a sabbatical from SVSU and used the time to review his work and organize it into a book, which was published in 1999.

Ramet intentionally didn't try to contact Follett while writing the book. "I felt that if you are going to write on a writer you should be able to do it as you would a work on Dickens or anyone else based on the documents available on his books." Before the book was published, however, "I thought it would be a good idea to contact Follett before his lawyers did." That was the start of a long correspondence between the two men.

About a year later Follett wrote to Ramet saying that he was moving to another house and had a collection of correspondence, research papers, business records and first drafts, and wondered if Ramet would like to have those. The materials arrived in 18 large boxes and ended up in Ramet's house.

After about a year Ramet arranged with the SVSU library and Follett to house the collection there. In 2004 Follett came to SVSU for the dedication. Follett returned in 2010 with another large collection of his material. At that time he presented SVSU with $100,000 which has become an endowment to maintain the collection.

The archives, in 168 boxes and comprising over 60,000 separate documents, are being scanned, digitized, cataloged and organized on the Internet. This is the worlds largest collection of Follett's materials. The web site is publicly available and easily accessed as the Ken Follett Virtual Exhibit. The SVSU library also has a collection of the works and other rare books.


Over 80% of the membership has completed the Member Survey, received their makeup, and been entered in the drawing for the DoubleTree gift certificate.

If you haven't done your part, or don't have your e-mail invitation, send an e-mail to surveycommittee@RotaryBayCity.org

The club welcomed Dee Dee Wacksman home from her trip to New Zealand where she spent a week just after that country's earth quake. She took in a morning Rotary meeting while there and reported that breakfast cost $24 for tea and coffee, little boxes of cereal, and toast. "I looked around and said 'where are the eggs? No eggs for $24?"

Annual Community Grants applications are now being accepted. Visit the club web site for full information. Contact Kelly Frick or check the club web site Community Grants Page for details.

The Youth Study Exchange committee is planning for our incoming student and is looking for three host families. Each will take our student for 3½ months. Contact Brenda Rowley for more information.

Concert for Rotary date has been set for Friday, May 6. The committee is again selling ads for the program. See Andrea Hales at the meetings for details.

The 2011 Rotary District 6310 Conference will be held April 1 and 2 in Mt. Pleasant. Visit www.MPRotary.com for conference details. The club's board voted to continue the tradition of reimbursing a portion of a member's conference registration fee. Contact treasurer Doug Rise for more information.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

March 22, 2011: Vocational Day 2. Marlene Searles will talk about the Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Middle College

March 29, 2011: Vocational Talk: Fellow Rotarian Candace Bales Executive Director of the Bay City Downtown Management Board & Development Authority, will talk about her profession.


The second Vocational Day will be March 22.

The District Conference will be April 1 and 2 in Mt. Pleasant. Visit www.MPRotary.com for details.

Club Golf Outting - Monday, June 27, 2011.

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