February 3, 2014

Postcards from Old Pete


Pete Seeger was not only a legendary folk singer and passionate activist, he was also a prolific postcard writer. If someone sent him their thoughts about the world, a note of thanks, or a letter asking for advice, he often wrote back. His notes reflected his personality—frank and honest, but always encouraging. In his later years, he signed the notes “Old Pete” and drew his trademark banjo. Read the postcards that were sent to five lucky recipients below—including one that’s dated January 13, 2014, just fourteen days before Old Pete passed on.




Claire Kelley is a the former Director of Library and Academic Marketing.