Chronicling the life and works of Pearl S. Buck, a new website launched by the West Virginia and Regional History Center enables online visitors to explore the Nobel Prize winner\u2019s archives now preserved at West Virginia University Libraries.\r\n\u201cOur website will bring this important collection of original manuscripts by one of the world\u2019s greatest writers to the attention of scholars, teachers and students for the first time,\u201d WVRHC Curator John Cuthbert said. \u201cThe Pearl S. Buck Collection is open to anyone who is interested in Pearl Buck and her work.\u201d\r\nThe website, pearlsbuck.lib.wvu.edu, includes a guide that details the contents of the extensive collection (nearly 80 archival boxes), which includes manuscripts of Buck\u2019s novels, non-fiction, children\u2019s books and short stories, as well as articles, speeches and other materials.\r\n\u201cWhile much of her writing may be found in published form, our collection contains the vast majority of her original manuscripts, not only in their final form but in various versions that reveal her creative process and the changes she made as her thoughts evolved when writing,\u201d Cuthbert said.\r\nWVU became caretaker of Buck\u2019s archives in October 2014 after beginning a partnership with West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation to protect and promote Buck\u2019s legacy. Under the agreement, the WVRHC assumed the responsibility of providing physical care for and access to the Buck Collection. Previously, West Virginia Wesleyan housed the collection.\r\nBorn in Hillsboro to missionary parents, Buck was the first American woman to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature. While she is probably best known for her novel \u201cThe Good Earth,\u201d her parents\u2019 biographies \u2013 \u201cThe Exile\u201d and \u201cThe Fighting Angel\u201d \u2013 helped earn her the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature.\r\nThe website also promotes programs and events relating to Buck, such as:\r\n\u2022 The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, through a grant from the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau Calvin W. Price Appalachian Enrichment Series, presents the 2016 PSBBF Creative Writing Workshops, \u201cWhat\u2019s In Your Blood? Finding expression in your memories and experience.\u201d For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-653-4430.\r\n\u2022 This fall, WVU will host the first Living Gateway Conference, which celebrates the life and legacy of the West Virginia native. The event, scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at the Erickson Alumni Center, is sponsored jointly by WVU, the West Virginia Humanities Council, the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation and West Virginia Wesleyan College.