Doughnut sales help university acquire Ken Kesey archive

Sales at VooDoo Doughnut in Portland and Eugene of this colorful, lemon cream-filled doughnut called the “Easy Peasey Lemon Kesey” help the University of Oregon’s Knight Library raise money to buy the Ken Kesey collection. Right now the collection is at UO and worth at least $2 million.

Kesey grew up and graduated from UO, and the film based on one of his most well-known works, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” was shot in Oregon. UO wants to permanently house Kesey’s archive of letters, manuscripts, and artwork and his family has given the school first shot at purchasing it. UO has responded with a fundraising effort to avoid losing the collection.

(Editor’s note: University of Oregon purchased the Ken Kesey collection earlier this month – prior to this post – allowing the Knight Library to keep the author’s archive at his alma mater. The partnership between UO and Voodoo Doughnut was an example of how an everyday experience connected to the important work archivists do to acquire, preserve, and enable access to institutional and regional cultural heritage. We look forward to highlighting more partnerships between archives and the communities they serve.)

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