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F. X. Roberts and C. D. Rhine Papers

 Collection
Identifier: JM022

Scope and Contents

This collection contains copies of manuscripts, correspondences, research materials, photographs, information about James A. Michener, and other information related to the writing of the book, James A. Michener: A Checklist of His Works with a Selected, Annotated Bibliography (Bibliographies and Indexes in American Literature). Researchers wanting to know about the changes made between the first and final draft of this book will find this collection helpful as it illustrates the changes and corrections made. This collection provides information about where the professors received their information with copies of source searches, and Interlibrary Loan forms, both filled and unfilled.

Dates

  • 1900-1997
  • Existence: 1995-05-10

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of F. X. Roberts and C. D. Rhine

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.edu or 970-351-2854 for further information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Frank X. (F. X.) Roberts and Charles D. (C.D.) Rhine worked at the University of Northern Colorado Libraries as Reference Librarians; they have since retired. They are the co-authors of the book, James A. Michener: A Checklist of His Works with a Selected, Annotated Bibliography.

Biographical or Historical Information

James Albert Michener was born in 1907 to unknown parents and raised as an orphan in the care of widow Mabel Michener of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. By the time he graduated from high school in 1925, he had visited 45 out of the 48 states. He was given a scholarship to Swarthmore College and after graduating summa cum laude in 1929, he traveled and continued his education at nine universities inside and outside of the United States. During this time, he also taught in Pennsylvania, Colorado and at the Harvard School of Education.

When he was not teaching, Michener worked as a textbook editor in New York and joined the British Merchant Marines. During WWII, he joined the Navy making use of his experience in the British Merchant Marines to climb through the ranks to lieutenant and his knowledge of history to carry out sensitive assignments in the South Pacific. It was the experience that brought about Tales of the South Pacific in 1947, which won a Pulitzer Prize. Michener used this novel as the cornerstone of his writing career publishing almost 50 books in the next 50 years, includingSayonara, Hawaii, The Source, Iberia, Caravans, The Covenant, Sports in America, andPoland.

In 1977 a four-part public television series called The World of Michener covered Israel, Hawaii, Spain, and Poland, just a few of the countries upon which his books have been based. Serveral other books have been turned into movies or miniseries and two of his novels have been turned into musicals (most notably South Pacific, which won its own Pulitzer Prize).

During the time that he was publishing, however, Michener did not ignore the world around him. He ran for Congress in 1962 and held positions on several committees, including the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, the U.S. Postal Service stamp committee, and an advisory position on a council for NASA. He also spoke often at congressional hearings and at functions of those organization in which he held in particular interest.

James A. Michener died at the age of 90 on October 16, 1997 in Texas, three years after his third wife, Mari Yoriko Sabusawa. He had no children.

Extent

3 Box(es)

Abstract

This collection contains copies of manuscripts, correspondences, research materials, photographs, information about James A. Michener, and other information related to the writing of the book, James A. Michener: A Checklist of His Works with a Selected, Annotated Bibliography.

Arrangement

This collection was arranged based on how information was gathered and used in the creation of the professors' book while also taking into account a three dimentional object. The order of series 6 and 7 reflect the order of the Bibliography Card Box with primary sources coming before secondary sources. This collection was arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Bibliography Card Index

Series 2: Correspondences

Series 3: Photographss

Series 4: Source Searches

Sub-Series 1: Book Reviews

Sub-Series 2: Literature Searches

Series 5: Biographical Sketch

Sub-Series 1: Advertisements

Sub Series 2: Biographical Information on James A. Michener

Sub-Series 3: Biographical Information on Mari Michener

Sub-Series 4: Brochures

Sub-Series 5: Chronologies

Series 6: Writings by James A. Michener

Sub-Series 1: Articles

Sub-Series 2: Narrative

Series 7: Writings About James A. Michener

Sub-Series 1: Articles

Sub-Series 2: Supplemental Index

Series 8: Manuscript Copies

Series 9: Book Reviews



All sub-series are arranged alphebetically.
Title
F. X. Roberts and C. D. Rhine Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Brittany Raines
Date
2016-04-01
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

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