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James A. Michener Chesapeake papers

Identifier: JM002

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of James A. Michener, primarily related to the time he spent in Maryland while writing Chesapeake, although there are very few materials relating to his writing of the book itself. Included are manuscripts of articles and scripts for televisions series and appearances, reviews of articles and television productions, correspondence, maps, awards and honors, art, photographs, and other ephemera. This collection also contains a manuscript for Centennial.


  • 1970 - 1980
  • Existence: 1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections Department for further information.


14.00 Linear Feet (14 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Materials created and collected by James A. Michener while working on his book, Chesapeake.

Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred to the University of Northern Colorado from the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Maryland following Michener's death in 1997.

Location of Originals and Additional Materials

The original manuscripts for Chesapeakeas well as The Watermen are held by the Talbot County Free Library in the James A. Michener Chesapeake Collection. A finding aid for the collection is available online at:

Contact information: Talbot County Free Library, 100 West Dover Street Easton, Maryland 21601. 410-822-1626

Additional information on Chesapeake may be available in the Joseph Liener Papers (MS 71, Box 7, Folder 10) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Michener consulted Joseph Linear for information an Chesapeake Bay and its watermen and made comments on a draft copy of Chesapeake.

Contact information: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,

Minimally Processed
Finding aid written by Julia Remsik, 2005. Updated by Melissa Gurney Schultz
2022 February 16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
Consolidated information from previous finding aids, added instance with box location, and conformed to minimal DACS.

Revision Statements

  • 2005 May: Collection was processed by Julia Remsik, a graduate student
  • 2005 May 25: Electronic finding aid in EAD format encoded by Kacy L. Guill
  • 2006 August 30: Additional materials were added to the inventory by Shirley Soenksen
  • 2007 October 12: Finding aid revised and updated by Shirley Soenksen (Box 4: photos inventoried)
  • 2008 May 29: Finding aid was revised by Shirley Soenksen

Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

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