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Crazy Literary Fact: The Most Detailed Accounting of a Life

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.



Crazy Literary Fact: The Most Detailed Accounting of a Life

The US inventor and architect Richard Buckminster Fuller began, by way of scrapbooks and notebooks, a chronological record of everything in his life as a child in 1907. Called the Dymaxion Chronofile, it is possibly the most detailed document of a single human life ever compiled.

This scrapbook contained copies of all his letters, newspaper clippings, notes and sketches – even dry cleaning bills. It was stored in leather volumes but eventually just put in boxes. By the end of his life, this “lab notebook” of his great experiment occupied 270 feet of shelf space.