Wright Morris, Collected Materials
Title: Wright Morris,
Creator: Morris, Wright, 1910-1998
Quantity: 2 boxes (0.8 linear
Collection Number: MS 0117
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Preferred Citation: Wright Morris, Collected Materials (MS 0117). Archives & Special Collections,
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Long regarded as one of America's most gifted writers, Wright Morris authored over
thirty-three books. He was born in Central City, Nebraska, on 6 January 1910. His
novel, A Field of Vision, won the National Book Award
in 1957, and Plains Song won the 1981 American Book
Award for Fiction. In addition to his novels, he is the author of a number of
photo-text books, books of criticism, and several collections of short stories. He
taught English at San Francisco State College, and he and his wife, Josephine Mary
Kantor Morris (1927-2002), made their home in Mill Valley, California. Morris died
in April 1998.
Scope and Content:
The Morris collected materials include a holograph manuscript page from the novel
Plains Song. The single page contains 24 lines in
black ink. There are photocopies of correspondence between Morris and David Madden,
many of the letters contain nicknames that the two correspondents created. There are
cassette-recorded lectures and interviews of Morris recorded by Nebraska Educational
Television during his semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a visiting
lecturer. Some of the recorded materials were transcribed, and photocopies of the
transcripts are included in the materials. Selected interviews with Morris were
conducted by David Madden, Peter Bunnell, and Wayne Booth. Some cassettes contain
recorded information about Morris. Additional items include: a bibliography that
documents Morris' novels, photo-texts, and articles about Morris or written by him.
Newspaper clippings and several promotional items about Morris are also a part of
the collected materials.
Morris, Wright, 1910-1998
Fiction - 20th century - History and criticism
Box 1. Folder 1. Manuscript page, "Plains
Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence (photocopies), 1957-1975
Box 1. Folder 3. Transcripts (photocopies), 1975
Box 1. Folder 4. Bibliography
Box 1. Folder 5. Reviews, on Morris, 1957-1972
Box 1. Folder 6. Reviews, on Morris, 1973-1976
Box 1. Folder 7. Promotional materials, 1976-1977
Box 1. Folder 8. Newspaper clippings, 1976-1977
Box 2. Folder 1. Cassette tapes, Morris Lecture Series (15), 1975
Box 2. Folder 2. Cassette tapes, Morris Lecture, 1976, Oct. 30
Box 2. Folder 3. Cassette tapes, State Library Association Meeting (2), 1976, Oct. 16-17
Box 2. Folder 4. Cassette tapes, Montgomery Lecture, undated
Box 2. Folder 5. Cassette tapes, Montgomery Lecture, 1975, Dec. 8
Box 2. Folder 6. Cassette tapes, interview, Wayne Booth, undated
Box 2. Folder 7. Cassette tapes, interview, Peter Bunnel, undated
Box 2. Folder 8. Cassette tapes, interview, Dave Madden, 1975, Nov. 11
Related Material and Resources: Additional Wright Morris materials appear in several collections in the UNL Archives
& Special Collections. A list of these materials is available in the repository.
The UNL Archives & Special Collections also contains a collection of books by
Wright Morris including selected items from his personal library. These books can be
located through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries on-line catalog,
which is available through IRIS.