A collection of 1,705 boxes of materials from American astronomer and celebrated pop science advocate Carl Sagan was officially opened on Tuesday at the Library of Congress.
The library was able to acquire the late astronomer’s papers with a donation from Seth MacFarlane, the Emmy Award-winning creator responsible for popular TV shows like Family Guy and American Dad. He worked with Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow and long-time collaborator, to release the collection.
Both Druyan and MacFarlane joined the dedication on Tuesday.
Included in the materials is correspondence between Sagan and many of the biggest figures in astronomy and science in the 20th century, early drafts of some of the articles and books for which Sagan is so well known, and even early notebooks and report cards from Sagan’s academic career.