New-York Historical Society Acquires Papers of Biographer Robert Caro

The New-York Historical Society recently announced its acquisition of the papers of biographer Robert Caro, well known for his extensively researched works on Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson.

The collection will include his research on Moses and Johnson, including thousands of interviews, Caro’s notes, and original source material related to this research. This archive will be made available without restriction to researchers in a new Robert A. Caro Study Space. Taken together, the papers are an invaluable resources on New York City and State politics from the 1920s to the 1960s.

In addition, the New-York Historical Society is mounting a permanent exhibit, Robert Caro Working, that features highlights from the collection. The installation will show the stages of Caro’s work from initial outlines to final proofs. Robert Caro Working will include recordings of the author speaking about his process and videos of his television interviews.

Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of New-York Historical, described the importance of this collection. “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,” she said.