Sara S. “Sue” Hodson, Curator of Literary Manuscripts and Jack London scholar, retires from The Huntington
If you were to ask Sue Hodson, who is retiring today, about her favorite Huntington memories, she might tell you about the repartee that was exchanged by the panel of political cartoonists convened in conjunction with her Paul Conrad exhibition. Or she might tell you about the media frenzy that occurred when The Huntington boldly opened access to its microfilm copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls, or the kerfuffle created by the discovery of a signature purported to be that of Shakespeare (it wasn’t). Or she might tell you about lunches with her colleagues and searching for the best local chocolate sundae. But no matter how she replied, she would certainly mention two things: the collections and the people. . . .
She has become a scholar of author and adventurer Jack London, recognizing that London was more than a writer of dog stories and Klondike tales. Captivated by the humanity of London’s portraiture, she published Jack London, Photographer, with Jeanne Campbell Reesman and Philip Adam, in 2010.
Text and image from http://huntingtonblogs.org/2017/08/sue-hodsons-legacy/. Read the rest at the link–and happy retirement, Sue!
A sad note. Sue Hodson always very kind to me-warm, able and so very encouraging and helpful. Sue, will you stay on at H on a voluntary basis?
Sue is one of my favorite people in the world of Jack London scholarship, and I admire her work. I will miss working with her, but am eager to see what she will produce now that she has time to focus on her own projects.
Sue Hodson patiently guided me in my early research. It was a master class in understanding my findings and their use. Thank you, Sue. You will be missed.