Can You Credit A Talking Bear For The Sagan Archive?

Depends on whether the bear curses and is scared of thunder.

If so, then the answer is yes.

On Tuesday the Library of Congress formally opened The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive (H/T Mashable).  Sagan and Druyan developed the television program COSMOS over 30 years ago; Druyan, along with MacFarlane, is an executive producer of an upcoming successor series, which should air on the FOX network next spring.  It is airing on FOX in no small part due to MacFarlane, who has produced three animated programs for the network and directed a successful comedy film featuring that talking bear of the title (for whom he performed the voice).

The archive is over 1700 boxes of material covering the bulk of Sagan’s life, and includes notebooks, early paper drafts, correspondence, and research material from his lab at Cornell, where Sagan was a professor of astronomy.  The ceremony accompanying the opening included Sagan’s successors as science popularizers, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, along with several of Sagan’s students.  The opening culminates a process dating back nearly a year and a half, when MacFarlane’s initial donation (allowing the purchase of the papers) was announced in June 2012.  I note that back then the number of papers involved filled roughly 800 boxes.  Whether the new box number is a function of more papers, smaller boxes, or more forgiving packing, I have no idea.

But now I can go to the Library of Congress and try to figure it out, thanks in part to a cursing stuffed bear