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William Neal Harrison Papers

Identifier: MC 487

Scope and Content Note

The Harrison collection contains extensive personal and professional correspondence; notes and manuscripts of the majority of the novels; manuscripts of several short stories; drafts of poetry; reviews of Harrison's works; articles pertaining to Harrison's career; published copies of selected short stories; interviews; photographs; and royalty statements.


  • 1956-1999


Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

William Neal Harrison, novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter, was born on October 29, 1933, in Dallas, Texas. He received a B.A. in 1955 from Texas Christian University and an M.A. in 1959 from Vanderbilt University. As both an undergraduate and graduate student, Harrison had some of his poetry and essays published in student publications. At Vanderbilt, Harrison became involved in theatre as an actor, director, and playwright, and he also received awards for his short stories. Harrison spent a year in the University of Iowa's Creative Writing Program before teaching for two years at Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville, Texas. He accepted a faculty position in the English Department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1964; the following year Harrison established the University of Arkansas's Creative Writing Program, which, within a period of a few years, achieved national recognition.

Harrison's best-known works are The Theologian, In a Wild Sanctuary, Rollerball Murder and Other Stories, Rollerball (screenplay), Africana, Savannah Blue, and Burton and Speke. He has received several awards and honors, including the Columbia School of Journalism Prize in Fiction (1971), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1974), a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1977), and the Christopher Award for Television (1979).


7.8 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Language of Materials


Arrangement of the Papers

Arranged by subject.

Material is arranged and described in three series:

  1. Series 1. Vitae and bibliographies 1955-1998
  2. Series 2. Correspondence
  3. Series 2. Subseries 1. Chronological arrangement 1956-1982
  4. Series 2. Subseries 2. Subject arrangement, personal and corporate name
  5. Series 3. Manuscripts and notes. Prose. Published or produced
  6. Series 3. Subseries 1. Novels
  7. Series 3. Subseries 2. Short story collections
  8. Series 3. Subseries 3. Short stories
  9. Series 3. Subseries 4. Screenplays and television dramas
  10. Series 3. Subseries 5. Articles
  11. Series 3. Subseries 6. Book reviews
  12. Series 4. Manuscripts and notes. Prose. Not published and produced
  13. Series 4. Subseries 1. Novels
  14. Series 4. Subseries 2. Short story collections
  15. Series 4. Subseries 3. Short stories
  16. Series 4. Subseries 4. Screenplays and television dramas
  17. Series 5. Manuscripts and notes. Poetry
  18. Series 6. Printed materials
  19. Series 6. Subseries 1. Reviews and articles
  20. Series 6. Subseries 2. Rollerball (film)
  21. Series 6. Subseries 3. Theatre programs and notices
  22. Series 6. Subseries 4. Short stories and articles, published copies
  23. Series 7. Miscellaneous materials
  24. Series 7. Subseries 1. Photographs
  25. Series 7. Subseries 2. Royalty statements
  26. Series 8. Oversize Materials

Acquisition Information

The William Neal Harrison Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by William Harrison of Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 19, 1990.

Processing Information

Prepared by Julie Watkins; completed in June 1999.

Three additional Roller Ball drafts were transferred from the accession file to the collection as Box 12, Folders 5-7 by Katrina Windon in April 2019.

William Neal Harrison Papers
Julie Watkins
June 1999
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Language of description note
Materials are in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444