Literary Landmarks™

Stark Young Literary Landmark dedicationThe Literary Landmarks Association was founded in 1986 by former FOLUSA president Frederick G. Ruffner to encourage the dedication of historic literary sites. The first dedication was at Slip F18 in Bahia Mar, Florida, the anchorage of the Busted Flush, the houseboat home of novelist John D. MacDonald's protagonist Travis McGee.

In 1989, the Literary Landmark project became an official FOLUSA committee. Literary Landmarks™ continues with United for Libraries, the division of ALA created by the joining of FOLUSA and ALTA.

Dedications have included homes of famous writers (Tennessee Williams, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, William Faulkner), libraries and museum collections, literary scenes (such as John's Grill in San Francisco, immortalized by Dashiell Hammett, and Willa Cather's Prairie near Red Cloud, Nebraska), and even "Grip" the Raven, formerly the pet of Charles Dickens and inspiration to Edgar Allan Poe and now presiding (stuffed) at the Rare Books Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The list of dedicated sites continues to grow.

library of congress literary landmark dedication Local Friends groups, State Friends, Trustees, and libraries may apply to dedicate a Literary Landmark.

Please reach out to us at to apply for a Literary Landmark. NOTE: The Literary Landmark approval process is currently undergoing reassessment. Our Committee is taking their time to thoroughly review each application and discuss them in detail. Due to this new process, it may take longer than usual to hear back regarding your application. Please plan to allow ample time between the date your application is submitted and your organization's intended ceremony date.

When an appropriate landmark is identified, the sponsoring group plans a dedication ceremony and applies to United for Libraries for official recognition. Full details of planning a Literary Landmark dedication can be found in the fact sheet Designating a Literary Landmark.

Literary Landmarks™ is a trademark of United for Libraries.