Harrison, Michael (1907-1991)
Scope:
The Michael Harrison collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and other material.

Manuscripts by Harrison in the collection includes drafts and proofs for several works.  Titles include Exploits of the Chevalier Dupin; Rosa: Mrs. Rosa Lewis of the Cavendish Hotel, Harrison's biography of the hotel's owner that became the popular PBS series, The Duchess of Duke Street; the biography, Clarence: the Life of HRH the Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1972), along with correspondence with the publisher; The History of the Hat (1974); The Dividing Stone (1954); The Roots of Witchcraft (1973); Airborne at Kittyhawk (1995), along with illustrations and related press clippings; and a draft, working papers, and correspondence with publisher George Allen and Unwin regarding Harrison's The London That Was Rome: the Imperial City Created By the New  Archaeology (1971).    

Correspondence in the collection includes material related to Michael Harrison's work in the War Office (1944) and his account of preparing for the invasion of Europe.  Literary correspondence (1954-1957) deals with Harrison's books London Growing, Lord of London, and Edward and Alexandra.  The correspondence is accompanied by press clippings related to Holmes.  There is correspondence from Harrison concerning the publication of a “Sherlockian Anthology,” Beyond Baker Street by the American publisher, Bobbs-Merrill (1976).  Harrison also corresponds with a French publisher regarding the possibility of a French edition of Fire From Heaven, a book on spontaneous human combustion.  There is also correspondence between Harrison and his first publisher, along with royalty statements and contract for his first book, Weep for Lycidas (1934-1939).  

The collection also holds Mrs. Harrison's financial and legal files, primarily related to her public relations firm.
Notable Figures
1. Harrison, Michael, 1907-1991
Associated Subjects
1. Military History Subject Guide
2. Mystery and Suspense Fiction Subject Guide
3. Literary Collections Subject Guide
4. Book editors
5. English literature – 20th century
6. Children's literature, English, 20th century
7. Authors, English
8. Poetry