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Assisted-Suicide Advocate Kevorkian's Papers Open to Public

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian arrives at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, August 29, 2010 (file photo).

Dr. Jack Kevorkian arrives at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, August 29, 2010 (file photo).

A University of Michigan library has acquired the papers of assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian and is making them publicly available.

The Ann Arbor school says Tuesday that Ava Janus, Kevorkian's niece and sole heir, donated the collection, which spans from 1911 to 2014.

Terrence McDonald, director of the Bentley Historical Library, says in a statement that the papers "will allow scholars and students to understand the context of and driving forces in an interesting and provocative life."

The collection includes correspondence and manuscript drafts. It also includes files on assisted suicides, including medical histories, photographs, video and audio.

Kevorkian died in 2011 at age 83. He sparked the national right-to-die debate with a homemade suicide machine that helped end the lives of about 130 ailing people.

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