An interview with Lisa Monhoff, archivist at the Charles M. Schulz museum

After interviewing Jeannie Schulz, I sat down with Lisa Monhoff, archivist at the Charles M. Schulz museum archivist. We talked mostly about the museum’s archives and how they’re treated. There were also a couple of interesting tangents that I’ve posted below as separate clips.

The archives are really quite neat, and I’m hoping that this interview will prove interesting for Peanuts fans or anybody out there who’s interested in archives and library science.

Peanuts military patches

These are the military patches in the museum archives that Lisa showed me during the interview.

Charlie Brown "men's room" sign

This sign on the men’s room door is quite obviously inspired by the comic strip.

A little postscript here: If anyone’s interested, I dug up some more info on the braille “Twin Vision” version of Happiness is a Warm Puppy — scroll down to the “Happiness is Twin Vision” article on the page linked above.

An interview with Jeannie Schulz, widow of Peanuts artist Charles M. Schulz

I’ve always been a Peanuts fan. I loved reading Snoopy’s adventures when I was a kid. And I remember picking up a Peanuts anthology during a particularly tricky stretch of my adult life and feeling less lonely simply because I was reading about characters whose neuroses mirrored my own.

While recovering from my wild boar attack in California earlier this summer, I visited the Charles M. Schulz museum in Santa Rosa. Schulz is, of course, the artist who drew Peanuts during its fifty-year run. I was impressed with the museum, and thought that I might try my luck to see if I could interview someone there for my website. After a little bit of back and forth, I was able to set up interviews with Jeannie Schulz, Charles’ widow, and museum archivist Lisa Monhoff.

I think this interview will probably work best with minimal introduction, so here you go — I guess the only thing that you’d need to know going in is that Charles Schulz’s nickname is “Sparky”.

Jeannie Schulz in Charles' studio

Jeannie Schulz in Charles’ studio. August 10th, 2012.

Snoopy's doghouse, wrapped by Christo

The artist Christo presented Schulz with this version of Snoopy’s doghouse.

Charles Schulz's studio

Charles Schulz’s studio, where I interviewed his widow Jeannie.

Me in Charles Schulz's studio

Here I am looking like a gigantic goober in Charles Schulz’s studio.