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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Richard Harris Papers, 1927, 1948, 1960-1991



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Harris, Richard, 1926-1987
Title: Harris, Richard, Papers
Dates: 1927, 1948, 1960-1991
Abstract: A copy of Freedom Spent, book drafts, a post card, and legal literature and court documents compose the Richard Harris Papers, 1927, 1948, 1960-1991, documenting Harris’ research for his novel Freedom Spent.
Accession No.: 2012-252; 2013-011
Extent: 4 ft., 3in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Author Richard Harris (1926-1987), born in Saginaw, Michigan, was a graduate of St. John’s College and Wesleyan University. He spent the majority of his career working for the New Yorker, 1952-1978, starting first as a fact checker and continued on as a staff writer. Harris wrote six of his eight books while employed for the magazine, which dealt with topics concerning legal and political systems. Some titles include: Justice: The Crisis of Law, Order and Freedom in America and Freedom Spent. After leaving the New Yorker he wrote two suspense novels, and was also working on a publication about the magazine just before his death.

Source:

“Richard S. Harris, 59, Writer for New Yorker.” New York Times . Accessed October 19, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/25/obituaries/richard-s-harris-59-writer-for-new-yorker.html.

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Scope and Contents

A copy of Freedom Spent, book drafts, a post card, and legal literature and court documents compose the Richard Harris Papers, 1927, 1948, 1960-1991, documenting Harris’ research for his novel Freedom Spent. Book drafts include chapters published in the New Yorker . A postcard from Seth Roberts congratulates Harris on the publication of his novel. Legal literature and court documents, comprised of opinions, memorandums, motions, affidavits, reports, articles, and legal publications, concern a number of court cases, particularly the trials of James Charles and Alan and Margaret McSurely, which Harris used as research for writing his book.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Harris, Richard, 1926-1987 -- Archives.
Charles, James.
McSurely, Alan.
McSurely, Margaret.
Subjects
Civil rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Judicial power -- United States.
Places
Addison, New York.
Judicial power -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Richard Harris Papers, 1927, 1948, 1960-1991, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Maria Soscia, October 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/P90 Book drafts for Freedom Spent, 1974
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2F522 Freedom Spent, by Richard Harris, 1974
Postcard to Harris from Seth Roberts regarding Freedom Spent, 1974
Legal literature and court documents:
James Charles case:
Charles James v. The Board of Central District no. 1 of the towns of Addison, et al., 1972
Addison School board meetings
Interview with Charles and Neva, 1969-1973
Quakers, 1972-1973
District Court, 1971
News clips, letters, etc., 1969-1971
Supreme Court papers, 1972
Dismissal and Nyquist hearing, 1969-1970
Correspondence and affidavit, 1970-1972
Court of Appeals briefs and decisions, 1972
Miscellaneous, 1969
News clips, 1969-1972
Notebooks
Legal publications, 1969-1974
Alan and Margaret McSurely:
Court documents (opinions, memorandums, motions, affidavits, reports, etc.):
United States of America v. Alan McSurely and Margaret McSurely, 1969-1970
Alan McSurely et al., Appellants v. Thomas B. Ratliff, etc. et al, 1967-1968
Alan McSurely et al., appellants v. John L. McCellan, Chairman, et al., 1969-1975, 1991
Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Alan McSurely, Margaret McSurely, and Joseph T. Mulloy
News clips, 1967-1973
Articles and correspondence, 1967-1973
Pamphlets, magazines, and newspapers, 1971-1973
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2F515 Various court cases, 1927, 1948, 1960-1985
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2K106-2K108 Drafts, notes, reviews, and manuscripts, 1964-1988

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