In November members of the Pearl S. Buck Board of Directors and staff members worked on a mini grant with the West Virginia Humanities Council. This grant would cover costs associated with appraising the Pearl S. Buck Manuscript Collection that is being housed at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The collection was purchased by the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation in 1970 from Pearl S. Buck for the nominal fee of $1.00. Her wish was the collection could be used to help support the development of her mother's house as a center for education on those topics that are exemplified in her mother's philosophy of life.
This appraisal is the first step in making this great humanities learning resource available for the public. To insure the finest appraisal possible Willis VanDevanter has been asked to perform the assessment. Mr. VanDevanter is highly qualified to perform this appraisal and has appraised manuscripts including Martin Luther King Jr., Gen. Alfred Gruenther, Irving Berlin as well as many other notable individuals.
The grant was submitted December 1 and now the committee is anxiously awaiting a reply.