* Press release…
It was, ahem, an offer they couldn’t refuse.
When Diana and Bruce Rauner ’78 offered their collection of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s papers to Dartmouth Library, the answer was an emphatic yes.
The papers, which will be housed at Rauner Special Collections Library (named by a gift from the Rauners that created a permanent home for Dartmouth’s special collections), include draft manuscripts, correspondence, and other records from Puzo’s long career as a novelist and screenwriter—even the 1965 Olympia typewriter on which he likely wrote The Godfather. […]
“We are thrilled to place the Puzo collection at Dartmouth, where it will be available to the worldwide scholarly community and integrated into the curriculum to create immediate and lasting benefits for students,” says Diana Rauner.
“We love the fact that Puzo’s papers document the creation of Dartmouth’s most famous fictional alumnus, Michael Corleone, and that they will live for centuries to come with the papers of so many prominent, and real, alumni!” says Bruce Rauner, who is the governor of Illinois.
The release doesn’t explain how the Rauners obtained the collection, but Puzo’s papers were auctioned off in 2016. They had an estimated auction value at the time “of at least $400,000,” according to the Wall St. Journal. The New York Daily News reported they were sold for $625,000 to an anonymous bidder.
So, maybe now we know why the governor loves to compare Speaker Madigan to the mafia.