The family correspondence primarily consists of letters from Rebecca Newth Harrison to her mother-in-law Norma Harrison sharing news of the family and of their shared interest in bird watching and gardening. Early correspondence (1941-1960s), from Jim to his brother, describe Jim’s efforts to balance art and work, and show the close relationship between the two brothers. As original caretaker of Jim’s papers, John received correspondence from repositories interested in purchasing the collection. Newspaper clippings follow John’s career as a library director and includes his correspondence with various family members. Typescripts of poetry and novellas by Jim Harrison were sent to his brother for comment. Other writings were collected by John or Rebecca.
Rebecca Newth Harrison is a writer working in Fayetteville, Arkansas, having published books of poetry, a memoir, and a collection of children’s books. Newth was born in Lansing, Michigan and was married to John Harrison, the brother of author and poet Jim Harrison.
Arranged in 2 series: 1) Correspondence; and 2) Writings by Jim Harrison
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Rebecca Newth Harrison, October 2014 and August 2015.
Jim Harrison papers (RHC-16); Mary Harrison Dumsch collection (RHC-33).
Seidman House 1 Campus Drive
[Identification of item/Title], Rebecca Newth Harrison papers (RHC-95). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries. http://gvsu.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/2/resources/545 Accessed September 21, 2017.