New York and the nation as seen through the eyes of biographer Robert Caro will be on display at the New York Historical Society, which announced its acquisition of the famed author’s papers that include his historic work on Robert Moses and former President Lyndon Johnson.
“We are thrilled that Robert Caro has chosen the New York Historical Society as the repository of his life’s work,” said Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New York Historical Socieity. “Making Robert Caro’s remarkable archive available to the public will give generations of scholars and researchers access to priceless documentation of some of the 20th century’s most influential public figures.”
The archive covers the sweeping history of New York City and state politics from the 1920s through the 1960s and chronicles the history of the United States from the 1930s through the 1960s.
The documents include thousands of interviews the Manhattan native conducted throughout his career. For example, while working on “The Power Broker,” his Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Moses, New York’s master builder, Caro conducted more than 500 interviews — all with notes and typed transcripts that are also in the collection.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to know my papers now have a permanent home at the New York Historical Society,” Caro, 84, said in a statement.
“When I was a boy, my favorite aunt often took me to visit New York Historical while my mother was ill, and in more recent years I’ve spoken there on a number of occasions and been a recipient of its awards. In a strange way, I feel at home at New York Historical so this announcement makes me just plain delighted.”
Caro also earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for his Johnson biography, “ Master of the Senate.”