The boxes of my papers recently placed on a 10-year loan to the Meyer Library on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield have been processed and are now available for students and others interested in looking through some of my work. Should anyone want to find them, the collection number is M131, Dates 1972-2018. I don’t believe the Finders Aid is online yet but will let you know if it becomes available. At some point not far off there will be a video interview and an audio interview of me talking about my work placed with the collections.
The bulk of my earlier papers are archived in 37 boxes and 4 binders in the Philip A. Sadler Research Collection of Literature for Children and Young Adults housed in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Here’s a link to the collection. https://guides.library.ucmo.edu/c.php?g=141854&p=929060
Off and on for over the past few weeks I’ve been poking around in the basement, garage, and filing cabinets, gathering manuscripts and correspondence regarding published work to place on loan at Myer Library’s archival collection at Missouri State University.
I’ve done this in the past. On the first occasion I had several boxes of manuscripts and correspondence appraised, took my tax write-off for the donation, and gave them to Ophelia Gilbert for her archival collection at James C. Kirkpatrick Library on the campus of Central Missouri University in Warrensburg, Missouri. By the next time I felt ready, Congress had changed the law about authors donating their papers. My work was worth the cost of the paper it was printed on. Needless to say, I placed that part of my work on loan rather than make an outright gift. Still waiting for Congress to decide that an author’s papers are worth something. What I’ve given or loaned to Kirkpatrick is available to students or other interested parties in 35 boxes plus some folders. They’ve done a very nice job of sorting and arranging for users’ convenience. http://guides.library.ucmo.edu/harrisond1
This time I’ve decided to place my papers on loan to Myer Library. It is here in Springfield and will be easier for me to access if for some reason I might want to look up something in the future. I’m working on an agreement to leave these papers on loan for a long enough period of time to protect the library’s investment of work, time, and knowledge in displaying and protecting the papers, after which my family could reclaim all or part of the work if it should suit them to do so. My opinion is that the papers are much better off in a library than stuffed in boxes in my basement.