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The Brautigan Library is a different kind of library. It follows the vision of 20th Century American writer Richard Brautigan by providing a home for "the unwanted, the lyrical and haunted volumes of American writing." More than three hundred unpublished manuscripts are collected here, between 1990-1996, and starting again in 2013, all submitted by authors with little or no opportunity to see their works commercially published. Each manuscript has its own, unique story to share. You are welcome to explore.


The Brautigan Library organizes manuscripts using The Mayonnaise System. Start browsing in these categories.
1). Adventure (ADV)
2). All the Rest (ALL)
3). Family (FAM)
4). Future (FUT)
5). Humor (HUM)
6). Love (LOV)
7). Meaning of Life (MEA)
8). Natural World (NAT)
9). Poetry (POE)
10). Social/Political/Cultural (SOC)
11). Spirituality (SPI)
12). Street Life (STR)
13). War and Peace (WAR)
14). Digital (DIG, added in 2013 for digital manuscripts)

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Learn more about The Brautigan Library
Answer Frequently Asked Questions
Browse information about the manuscripts using the Library's catalog
Explore manuscripts in the fourteen categories of The Mayonnaise System
Search for collection information using interactive sorting tools (coming soon)
Submit your own unpublished manuscript to the Library's collection
Subscribe to The Brautigan Library newsletter, The 23 (coming soon)


The Brautigan Library website is curated by Brautigan scholar John F. Barber, who also curates American Dust, the renowned online resource about Richard Brautigan, his life and works. Barber convenes with the faculty of The Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington, USA. His contact information follows.

John F. Barber
Email: jfbarber[at]eaze[dot]net
Web: www.nouspace.net/john/
The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program
Washington State University Vancouver
Curator, American Dust: Richard Brautigan's life and writing
Curator, Radio Nouspace