BOZEMAN (AP) – Manuscripts, drafts and other items belonging to renowned Western author Ivan Doig will be housed at Montana State University.

MSU Library Dean Kenning Arlitsch said Wednesday the library will digitize the collection to make it available online. MSU also plans to integrate Doig's papers in its teaching and research programs and plans a scholarly conference on Doig's legacy in 2017.

Doig died in April in Seattle. He was 75. His wife, Carol, chose Montana State over two other major universities to house her husband's papers, saying MSU supported him early in his writing career. He received an honorary doctorate from MSU in 1984, five years after he published "This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind." The poetic memoir was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Doig's final book, "Last Bus to Wisdom," was published last month.

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