Harrison papers

Hi everyone,

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.

The new hope

Hi everyone,

I attended the annual Student Awards Luncheon yesterday at Drury’s School of Education and Early Child Development. I had nothing to do with it but as adjunct faculty of that school and poet laureate for Drury I get invited to nice things. I watched as nine young graduating teachers received awards for outstanding work during their student careers. Several of the awards are named for friends of mine — Wanda Gray, Polly Copper, Sharon Price, Dan Beach.

On the way home I made my way through snarled traffic around another campus, Missouri State University, and was reminded that these special ceremonies to celebrate smart and dedicated college graduates are taking place all over America. It’s a good feeling. The media keeps us up to date on trivia, trash, and tragedy. But yesterday I sat in a room watching great representatives of the next generation being recognized for the marks they’ve already made, and I felt better about our world than I have in a while.

An interview

Hi everyone,

My thanks to Dr. Tom Peters, Dean of Library Services, Missouri State University Libraries, in Springfield, Missouri, for coming to our home in September to interview me for the university’s oral history collection called Ozark Voices. The interview is now available to anyone with an interest. Full disclosure: this one lasts 70 minutes so bring your own popcorn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xeTZtApDgg&list=PLyugBRJhQ4EwftBGQOCn2HDmPk2-9cAMd

I haven’t asked for a while but if you haven’t signed the guest book on my website, I hope you’ll consider it. I’ve been blogging so long I almost forget I even have a website — and people who follow the blog may forget about it, too, but it’s a nice one, thanks to Kathy Temean who created it. She’s also the one who said I needed a guest book.

For a while a lot of visitors signed the book but I keep forgetting to ask, remind, or outright beg. Make Kathy happy. Sign the book. Thank you!