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Finding Aid to the Wright Morris Manuscripts
BANC MSS 72/246 c  
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Materials
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Wright Morris manuscripts
    creator: Morris, Wright, 1910-1998
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 72/246 c
    Physical Description: 22 linear feet (15 cartons, 12 volumes)
    Date (bulk): approximately 1934-1980
    Location of Materials: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Manuscript drafts of Wright Morris' novels, essays, and stories along with a small amount of correspondence.
    Language of Material: English

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Biographical Sketch

    Wright Marion Morris (1910-1998) was a novelist, essayist, and photographer known for his portrayals of the Great Plains, especially Nebraska. Morris was also recognized as a experimentalist in narrative forms. He studied at Pomona College in Southern California and lived for many years in Mill Valley, California. He authored more than 40 books and many essays. Morris published his first novel, My Uncle Dudley, in 1942. He was finalist for the National Book Award three times and won the award in 1956 for The Field of Vision and in 1980 for Plains Song: For Female Voices. From 1962 to 1975, Morris was a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.

    Scope and Content

    Draft manuscripts of Wright Morris' novels, non-fiction, short stories, and essays. Also includes notes and a small amount of correspondence.

    Related Materials

    Wright Morris' photographic archive is held by the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
    Wright Morris papers are also housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln special collections (MS 049).
    Some of Morris' correspondence and taped interviews are held by the Lincoln City Libraries of Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in 2014.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Morris, Wright, 1910-1998--Archives
    Authors, American--20th century
    Great Plains--Fiction
    Online Archive of California