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Mary Harrison Dumsch papers

Identifier: RHC-33

Collection Description

The Mary Harrison Dumsch papers consist of personal records and published writings collected by Dumsch by and about the life and work of Michigan-born writer Jim Harrison. The Dumsch collection, in part, duplicates materials found in the Jim Harrison papers, but also includes many unique items.

The collection includes handwritten correspondence by Harrison, primarily to his mother, one early letter to his sister Judy; promotional materials from publishers, producers, and event coordinators; photographs including 3 unique early images of Harrison as a young man; copies of magazines, calendars, and other publications that include Harrison's writings; and newspaper clippings of interviews and articles about Harrison. See Jim Harrison papers (RHC-16) for additional materials in all series.


  • 1956-2007


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Mary Harrison Dumsch is the youngest of five children of Winfield Sprague Harrison and Norma Olivia (Wahlgren/Walgren) Harrison. She is the sister of Michigan poet and author Jim Harrison (born James Thomas Harrison).


2.5 Linear feet (2 boxes and 1 folder)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 3 series: 1) Personal files, 2) Articles by Harrison; and 3) Interviews, articles and clippings about Harrison

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Mary Harrison Dumsch, the sister of Michigan author Jim Harrison (RHC-16), in 2008.

Related Material

Jim Harrison papers (RHC-16).

Mary Harrison Dumsch papers, RHC-33
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States