NEW HAVEN, CONN.

- Claude-Anne Lopez, author and scholar of Benjamin Franklin's papers, has died at age 92.

Lopez started her studies of Franklin's papers at Yale University with secretarial-type work and rose to a top editor's job. Her son, Larry Lopez, said that she had Alzheimer's disease and died Friday at her New Haven home.

Lopez spent years working on "The Papers of Benjamin Franklin," a project at the university to collect, edit and publish Franklin's writings. She specialized in the American founding father's private life, and wrote a handful of books about him.

Former Yale colleague Jonathan Dull ranks Lopez as one of the 20th century's great Franklin scholars.

She also helped found a Philadelphia-based network of people interested in Franklin's life.