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Guide to the Wright Morris papers
BANC MSS 72/246 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Arrangement

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Wright Morris Papers
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/246 c
    Creator: Morris, Wright, 1910-
    Extent: Number of containers: 5 cartons and 12 portfolios
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Correspondence and manuscripts concerning the work and activity of Morris as a writer, and a dissertation prospectus by Jack R. Cohn to study Morris' midwestern novels.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research, except for one portfolio containing a dissertation prospectus by Jack R. Cohn, which requires permission of the author. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed in writing to the Head of Public Services.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Wright Morris papers, BANC MSS 72/246 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    This collection of his papers and correspondence was begun in 1954, when the author presented drafts, typescripts, and manuscripts of his novels to the University Library. These materials have been augmented from time to time with later manuscripts from Mr. Morris and with items from his correspondence given by Professor James Hart of the Department of English, U.C. Berkeley.
    "Works of Love." Final draft. Microfilm of typescript in the Walter Teller Collection of Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University.
    Students and researchers who wish to publish work based on this collection must secure permission from the owner of the literary rights.

    Biographical Sketch

    Wright Morris was born in Nebraska in 1910. He studied at Pomona College and presently lives in Mill Valley, California.


    The collection is divided into two parts. Part 1 consists of drafts, typescripts, and galley proofs, arranged as nearly as possible according to the year during which he was writing the work in question. Descriptive notes for Part 1 are the author's own, taken from the manuscript packets. Additional comments (in brackets) were supplied in August 1967 by Jack R. Cohn, from his study of Morris' writings.
    Part 2 contains correspondence.