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Archives related to: Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997

titlePapers of James A. Michener, 1906-1992 (bulk 1945-1992).
repositoryLibrary of Congress
collection titleCorrespondence, speeches, writings, journal, interviews, scripts, notes, legal and financial papers, awards, biographical material, clippings, photographs, and other papers documenting Michener’s literary career, his interest in politics, his art collection, and the adaptation of his works for stage and screen. Includes drafts, notes, background material, and other papers relating to Tales of the South Pacific (1947), The Fires of Spring (1949), The Floating World (1954), Hawaii (1959), The Source (1965), The Drifters (1971), Kent State: What Happened and Why (1971), and other published and unpublished works. Also documented are his association with the Asia Foundation, his newspaper reports from Korea in 1952, his support of John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election, his unsuccessful campaign for U.S. representative from Pennsylvania in 1962, his affiliation with the Pennsylvania Commission for Legislative Modernization, his coverage of Richard M. Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, and his membership on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Information (1970-1976).

Correspondents include David Adickes, Pearl S. Buck, Bennett Cerf, Albert Erskine, Oscar Hammerstein, Teddy Kollek, Hobart D. Lewis, Joshua Logan, Richard Rodgers, David O. Selznick, Helen M. Strauss, and Herman Wouk.
extent82.6 linear feet.
formatsCorrespondence Journals Interviews Clippings Ephemera
accessRestrictions apply.
record linkhttp://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms006019
record sourcehttp://catalog.loc.gov
finding aidIn repository and online.
acquisition informationGift, James A. Michener, 1955-1992.
updated09/12/2019 15:29:26
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titleCorrespondence with the University of Pennsylvania, 1926-1950.
repositoryUniversity of Pennsylvania
collection titleContains primarily correspondence between Barnes or the secretary of the Barnes Foundation, Nelle E. Mullen, on Barnes' behalf) and university officials. Vice-provost John M. Fogg is Barnes' most frequent correspondent, but other members of the university in the collection include presidents George William McClelland and Harold Edward Stassen; executive vice-president William H. DuBarry; George Simpson Koyl, dean of the School of Fine Arts; Roderick M. Chisholm, who was hired by the university to teach a joint Penn-Barnes course; Glenn R. Morrow, dean of the College; Edgar Arthur Singer, philosophy professor; Frederick C . Gruber of Penn's radio station; and students Jon D. Longaker and Hannah Dorothy Clymer.

In his correspondence with university officials, Barnes frequently enclosed copies of his correspondence with individuals not associated with the university, such as Marie Clews, John Dewey, John Hospers, R. Sturgis Ingersoll and Fiske Kimball of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, C. Brewster Rhoads, Nelson Read, Henry Clifford, James A. Michener, and Horace Stern. Much of the correspondence concerns attempts to establish a joint Penn-Barnes course, which met for only a few sessions before being called off by Barnes. Other topics of the correspondence include Barnes' feuds with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and with the author James Michener. A small series of miscellaneous materials (4 folders) includes copies of writings by Barnes; newspaper and magazine clippings concerning Barnes, which extend past the dates of the correspondence to 1974; and a brochure for the 1984-1985 program at the Arboretum School of the Barnes Foundation.

Location:
Rare Book & Ms Library Manuscripts

Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 402
extent1 box.
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.franklin.library.upenn.edu
acquisition informationGift of Helen B. Fogg, 1986.
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titleCorrespondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1953-1962.
repositoryUniversity of Pennsylvania
collection titleLocation: Rare Book & Ms Library Manuscripts
Call Number: Ms. Coll. 6
formatsCorrespondence
accessIn general, the Carl Zigrosser Papers may be examined by qualified researchers in the reading room of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. Photocopying of Zigrosser materials is at the discretion of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The receipt of photocopies does not grant publication rights without the written permission of the University of Pennsylvania and the literary executors of the authors in question.
record sourcehttp://www.franklin.library.upenn.edu
finding aidAvailable in electronic form and in repository.
acquisition informationGift June 1972
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titleEliot Elisofon Papers, 1930-1988 (bulk, 1942-1973)
repositoryUniversity of Texas, Austin
collection titleEliot Elisofon's career as a photojournalist, filmmaker, author, artist, and collector of primitive art and sculpture is documented by photographs, transparencies, slides, negatives, films, research material, notes, photo captions, logbooks, correspondence, agreements and other documents, drafts, proofs, tearsheets, clippings, scrapbooks, catalogs, sketchbooks, and artifacts, all dating from 1933 to 1988.
extent60.5 linear feet
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Writings Research Files Ephemera
accessOpen for research with the exception of Elin Elisofon's biography research files (folders 70.15 through 72.5) which require her permission to use
record linkhttp://www.hrc.utexas.edu/research/fa/elisofon.hp.html
record sourcehttp://www.hrc.utexas.edu/research/fa/elisofon.hp.html
finding aidOnline and in repository.
acquisition informationGift, 1992
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titleJames A. Michener Collection
repositoryUniversity of Northern Colorado
collection titleThe James A. Michener Collection was created in 1978 when Michener donated thirty-seven linear feet of his papers to the University of Northern Colorado. The papers were primarily related to his novel Centennial, published in 1974. Shortly before his death in 1997, James Michener designated the University of Northern Colorado the home of the bulk of his writing and publishing legacy. The Michener collection now consists of nearly 900 linear feet of materials including research notes, manuscripts, galley proofs and correspondence, as well as field notebooks, maps, photographs and slides he collected while writing his novels.
extent37 linear ft.
formatsManuscript Correspondence Research Files Notes Photographs
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
acquisition informationGift of James A Michener, 1978.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:59
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titleReel to Reel collection, 1952-1990 (bulk 1961-1990)
repositorySolomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives
collection titleThe collection consists of 675 reel to reel audiotapes, dating from 1952-1990. The tapes document museum lectures, symposia and radio shows produced at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Historical Abstract:
In 1953, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) announced the inauguration of a series of free art lectures and gallery tours in connection with its educational programs. While the lecture series was developed under the directorship of James Johnson Sweeney, the first regularly scheduled series of illustrated lectures on modern art began at SRGM in 1961 under the directorship of Thomas M. Messer. Lecture speakers included SRGM staff, art critics, historians and dealers. At the present, 2008, SGRM continues its support of public lecture programs through series such as the Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture.

Location: 1071 Cold Storage Vault
Call Number: A0004

For Michener See:
Series 6. Visiting Scholars Programs, 1961-1989, 5.2 cubic ft.
Box 615219, Title: Abstract Image of Our Time / Michener, James, Date: 11/26/1961.Date
11/26/1961
extent21 cubic ft. (21 record center cartons)
formatsSound Recording
accessThe collection is unrestricted.
record sourcehttp://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/library-and-archives/archive-collections/A0004/
finding aidOnline and in repository. Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff in August 2006.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:04
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