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James A. Michener Centennial papers

 Collection — Box: JM001 Box 62
Identifier: JM001

Scope and Contents

James A. Michener's papers relate to the writing and publishing of Centennial, although there are some materials not related to the book. The folders are in original order and many include James Michener's description of the materials. Included are notes, outlines, manuscripts, proofs, galleys, correspondence, documents, printed materials, maps, photographs, slides, awards and honors, and other ephemera.


  • 1970-1978


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by James A. Michener, 1972-1978.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

The original inventory was prepared by Archival Services staff in 1999 and placed on the James A. Michener Library's website.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the UNC University Libraries Archival Services Department at library.archives@unco.eduor 970-351-2854 for further information.


37.00 Linear Feet

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Materials collected by James Michener during the writing of his novel Centennial and the making of the miniseries based on the novel, although there are some materials not related to the book.


This collection is organized into the following series: Series 1: Writing and publishing of Centennial Series 2: Centennial television series Series 3: Centennial Fawcett paperback production material Series 4: Trips Series 5: Gimcracks Series 6: General Files (V.5-V.16) Series 7: Road Maps Series 8: Photographs, Slides & Videos Oversize (Awards, Posters, Gimcracks)

Related Publications

Michener, James A. About Centennial: Some Notes on the Novel. New York: Random House, c1974. Kings, John. In Search of Centennial: A Journey with James A. Michener. New York: Random House, [1978].

Related Materials

Materials relating to the book and television mini-series Centennial can be found in the various collections that make up the James A. Michener Special Collection. Some of the collections have yet to be processed. Chesapeake Collection (SC 1-02) Space Collection (SC 1-03) Tessa Dalton Collection (SC 1-05) Covenant Collection (SC 1-23) Alaska Collection (SC 1-29) Vertical File About/By Michener (SC 1-30) Home Collection (SC 1-31) Nadia Orapchuck Collection, ca. 1968-1972 (SC 1-35) Reference Files (SC 1-50) Erlene Giffin Norris Paintings (SC 1-61) Chris Knisiak-Nadia Orapchuck Collection (SC 1-62) John C. Todd Collection (SC 1-64) Ephemera Collection, Centennial Photos Collection Fort Morgan Museum (SC 1-73, Box 2, Folder 9). Potato Brumbaugh's Collection (SC 1-74) University of Northern Colorado Libraries - "Centennial" Website (SC 1-75) Researchers may also want to consult the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center at the Greeley History Museum for more information.

Shirley J. Soenksen
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639