Holly Newstein-Hautala offered Rick’s archives—manuscripts, letters, etc.—to the Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook, ME, where he lived and worked most of his adult life. A year after the offer was made, the library turned down the offer. Holly tweeted about the rejection, which caught the interest of a couple of reporters, and now The Portland Press Herald and American Journal have run front-page articles about the issue.
- The Portland Press Herald: Holly’s Letter to the Editor
- The Portland Press Herald: Widow upset after Maine library declines horror writer’s archives
- American Journal: Rejected gift stings widow
- Teleread.com: Maine library declines Rick Hautala archive, citing resources
Before the articles even appeared, Southern Maine Community College expressed an interest in Rick’s papers. Holly will be visiting SMCC next month to see how they would care for Rick’s archives. Looks very promising, she said!