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The Research Papers of Professor Tom Trusky

The Research Papers of Professor Tom Trusky

Photo of Tom Trusky looking at roll of film

Tom Trusky, 1987

Beginning Monday, April 9th, the research papers of the late Boise State English Professor Tom Trusky will
be available to the public in Special Collections and Archives at Albertsons Library. Organizing and
making over 200 boxes of Trusky’s books, research, and personal papers available for use has been an
ongoing project for more than two years.

Tom Trusky joined the faculty in 1970, and his research collection reflects a prolific 40-year career
championing the work of artists and writers who inspired his own projects. As a poet, book artist, and
scholar, Trusky was renowned for his eclectic research interests including the self-taught Idaho artist
James Castle, silent film pioneer Nell Shipman, zines and small press publications, and Idaho filmmaking.
His research and creative endeavors resulted in articles, books, documentaries, film festivals, and
national and international exhibitions and presentations.

At Boise State, Tom Trusky was the founder of acclaimed literary publications and initiatives including
cold-drill Magazine and Poetry in Public Places, as well as the co-founder and editor of Ahsahta Press
and the Western Writers Series. In 1991 he was named director of the Hemingway Western Studies
Center, and was the founder and director of the Idaho Center for the Book and the Idaho Film Collection.

In 1987 and 1989, Trusky was a recognized as one of the top 10 professors in the nation by the Council
for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He was named the CASE Idaho Professor of the
Year in 1990, 1991, and 1993.

Although Trusky donated some of his research papers to Special Collections and Archives during his
lifetime, the full extent of his collection was acquired after he passed away in 2009 and will be available
for the first time beginning on April 9th. Several campus events will celebrate his work and legacy
throughout the next month:

  • Friday April 6, 4:00-7:00, Exhibition Opening Reception, James Castle: Eighteen Artist Books
    Albertsons Library, Lobby
  • Friday April 6, 4:00-7:00, Exhibition and Open House, The Literary Legacy of Tom Trusky
    Albertsons Library, Special Collections and Archives
  • Thursday April 12, 6:00-7:30, Silent Film Pioneer Nell Shipman Film Screening, with an
    introduction by Karen Day. Riverfront Building Room 105 (Co-hosted with Idaho Film Collection)
  • Thursday April 19, 2:00-4:00, Zine-Making Workshop Open House, Albertsons Library Room
    201c (Co-hosted with the Gender Studies Program)

Gwyn Hervochon,
Assistant Professor, Librarian/Archivist

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