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Robert DeMott research collection on Jim Harrison

Identifier: RHC-42

Collection Description

The collection of research, interviews, and writing by Robert DeMott; and the collection of published writings by and writings about Michigan writer Jim Harrison were compiled by Robert DeMott while writing Conversations with Jim Harrison (2002) and Conversations with Jim Harrison, Revised and Updated (2019). The collection contains a notebook compiled by DeMott, interviews conducted and edited by DeMott and Patrick Smith, correspondence with Harrison, a chronology of interviews, and other materials collected by DeMott. The collection of published poetry, articles, and reviews by Harrison, and taped and published interviews and articles about Harrison supplement materials in the Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives.


  • 1971 - 2019


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

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.


Robert DeMott is the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University, where he has taught since the start of his career in 1969. He is a former director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University (1984 and 1985), and served for over three decades on the editorial boards of Steinbeck Quarterly, Steinbeck Newsletter, and Steinbeck Studies. He is chief editor of the Library of America's four volume edition of John Steinbeck's writings. He has received multiple awards for his teaching, his writing, and for his outstanding contributions to Steinbeck studies.

His books include three poetry collections--"News of Loss" (1995), "The Weather in Athens" (2001), and "Brief and Glorious Transit" (2007)-- as well as "Dave Smith: A Literary Archive" (2000), a bio-bibliography and memoir, "Conversations with Jim Harrison" (2002), a book of interviews with the contemporary novelist/poet, and "Conversations with Jim Harrison, Revised and Updated (2019). A lifelong fly fisherman and a certified fly casting instructor, DeMott is co-editor with Dave Smith of "Afield: Writers on Bird Dogs" (2010), which includes essays by Jim Harrison, Tom McGuane, Richard Ford, Tom Brokaw, Howell Raines and others; and he is currently working on a collection of personal essays on outdoor sports, "The Far Field," and a book on fly fishing literature called "Fish(ing) Plots." DeMott wrote the Introduction to Orr and Torreys "Jim Harrison : A Comprehensive Bibliography" (2009). Jim Harrison's collection of novellas, "The Farmer's Daughter" (2010), is dedicated to DeMott.


5.0 Linear feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 3 series: 1) DeMott research and writing; 2) Reference materials; 3) Working Papers.

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Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Robert DeMott from 2009 to 2019.

Publication Information

Conversations with Jim Harrison by Robert DeMott, published by University of Mississippi Press, May 2002 Conversations with Jim Harrison, Revised and Updated by Robert DeMott, published by University of Mississippi Press, 2019
Robert DeMott research collection on Jim Harrison, RHC-42
Nancy Richard
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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