William Neal Harrison Papers
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.
- Harrison, William Neal, 1933-2013 (Person)
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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:
- Series 1. Vitae and bibliographies 1955-1998
- Series 2. Correspondence
- Series 2. Subseries 1. Chronological arrangement 1956-1982
- Series 2. Subseries 2. Subject arrangement, personal and corporate name
- Series 3. Manuscripts and notes. Prose. Published or produced
- Series 3. Subseries 1. Novels
- Series 3. Subseries 2. Short story collections
- Series 3. Subseries 3. Short stories
- Series 3. Subseries 4. Screenplays and television dramas
- Series 3. Subseries 5. Articles
- Series 3. Subseries 6. Book reviews
- Series 4. Manuscripts and notes. Prose. Not published and produced
- Series 4. Subseries 1. Novels
- Series 4. Subseries 2. Short story collections
- Series 4. Subseries 3. Short stories
- Series 4. Subseries 4. Screenplays and television dramas
- Series 5. Manuscripts and notes. Poetry
- Series 6. Printed materials
- Series 6. Subseries 1. Reviews and articles
- Series 6. Subseries 2. Rollerball (film)
- Series 6. Subseries 3. Theatre programs and notices
- Series 6. Subseries 4. Short stories and articles, published copies
- Series 7. Miscellaneous materials
- Series 7. Subseries 1. Photographs
- Series 7. Subseries 2. Royalty statements
- Series 8. Oversize Materials
The William Neal Harrison Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by William Harrison of Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 19, 1990.
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.