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The Wright Morris-Victor Musselman Correspondence

Biographical Sketch

Wright Morris (1910-1998), was born in Central City, Nebraska. The writer and photographer, author of over thirty books, received critical acclaim for his phototexts and novels that explored life on the Plains. Morris’s innovative work gained him three Guggenheim fellowships and and a National Book award, among other honors. He fictionalized Central City as “Lone Tree” in his novels, and wrote a number of books exploring his Nebraska roots. The Heritage Room owns original Morris prints as well as books and correspondence.

Collection Summary

Origin of Collection: Victor Musselman donated his correspondence with Morris to Lincoln City Libraries in 1996.

Collection Name: The Wright Morris-Victor Musselman Correspondence

Extent of Collection: 8 linear inches.

Storage: Filed in acid free folders with acid free dividers in two acid free document boxes. Temperature and humidity are controlled and monitored.

Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of Morris’s letters to Musselman from the years 1928-1938. In addition there are photographs, newspaper clippings and Musselman’s copy of The Inhabitants.

Dates: Inclusive dates 1928-1980.

Repository: The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1899. Phone: (402) 441-8516.

Rights: Victor Musselman transferred all of his rights in this collection to Lincoln City Libraries. The Morris estate owns the copyrights to Morris’s letters.

Restrictions: Researchers may view the materials and take notes in pencil only. Photocopying is not permitted. Lincoln City Libraries retains any rights it may have in previously unpublished materials. Researchers wishing to copy, quote from, or reproduce Morris’s letters must obtain permission directly from the Morris estate. Researchers are expected to follow all applicable copyright laws.

Finding Aids: A paper finding aid (file listing) is available from Heritage Room staff.

Related holdings:

Galley Proofs for A Life by Wright Morris.

Galley Proofs for About Fiction by Wright Morris.

The Gale E. Christianson Collection of Eiseley Research Materials. (Includes correspondence, taped interviews with Wright Morris, and interview notes.)

dsc: 7-9-2006

Contact the Heritage Room:

The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1899

Phone: 402-441-8516


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