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Rebecca Newth Harrison papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-95

Collection Description

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.


  • 1941 - 2004


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.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Note

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.


1.25 Linear feet (1 carton)

Language of Materials



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.

Related Materials

Jim Harrison papers (RHC-16); Mary Harrison Dumsch collection (RHC-33).
Rebecca Newth Harrison papers, RHC-95
Special Collections & University Archives
September 2015
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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