G. B. Harrison Papers: 1910-1981
Summary Information
Title: G. B. Harrison Papers
Creator: Harrison, G. B. (George Bagshawe), 1894-
Dates: 1910-1981
Extent: 7 linear feet, 18 microfilms
Abstract:
Scholar and professor of English at University of Michigan. Diaries, manuscripts of dramas and other writings, Shakespearean notes and lecture materials and personal and professional correspondence, including correspondence and other material relating to his service with the British Infantry during World War I.
Call number: 851423; Aa/2
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Mark Greene

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The papers were donated by G.B. Harrison (donor no. 4851) in 1971 and 1973. Additional files were received in 1985.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have not transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., G. B. Harrison Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Professor George Bagshawe Harrison was born in Hove, Sussex, England, on July 14, 1894. His education at Queens' College, Cambridge, was interrupted by the first world war, during which he served in India and Mesopotamia. In 1919 he returned to Cambridge, where he took a first class degree in English literature in 1920, one of the first such awarded.

Harrison became reader in English literature at King's College, London, in 1924, and remained there until the start of the second world war, when he rejoined the army. In 1943 he was released from the army to take up the post of Head of the Department of English at Queen's University, Ontario. In 1949 he went to the University of Michigan, and in 1963-64 he was a member of the English faculty at the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario. His publications include, besides his editions of the plays, a guide, the Companion to Shakespeare Studies (with Harley Granville-Barker), books on John Bunyan and the Earl of Essex, and the remarkable fictional Elizabethan and Jacobean journals. After his retirement, Harrison served on the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, for the Roman Catholic Church, for which he was instrumental in translating the Latin Mass into English.

Professor Harrison, Shakespeare scholar, editor, and teacher, died in New Zealand on November 1, 1991, at the age of 97. Professor Harrison not only taught many hundreds of students of English literature during his forty years of service at universities in Britain, Canada, and the United States, but he was known to tens of thousands more from his text of Shakespeare's Complete Works, widely used in university courses since its publication in 1952.

In 1985, Harrison published his memoirs One man in his time; the memoirs of G.B. Harrison 1894-1984 (The Dunmore Press Ltd)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contain diaries, personal and professional correspondence, articles, lectures, research notes, and literary manuscripts; material relates extensively to Shakespearean, Elizabethan, and Jacobean literary scholarship and the teaching thereof, to Catholicism (including the English liturgy), and to Harrison's service with the British Infantry in India and Mesopotamia (Iraq) during World War I. There is also material relating to feminism, publishing and copyright, rare books, and staging Elizabethan plays. Noteworthy is the extensive and substantive correspondence with Guy Hamilton and Gerald Cullinan, which ranges over literature, scholarship, politics, and personalities in the U.S. and England.

The G.B. Harrison collection is divided into the following series: Diaries; Correspondence; Religious Activities; Addresses and Lectures; Articles, Reviews, and Pamphlets; and Manuscripts of writings.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Authors, American -- Michigan.
  • India.
  • Iraq.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Diaries.
  • Catholic Church.
  • Harrison, G. B. (George Bagshawe), 1894-1991.
  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of English Language and Literature.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Cullinan, Gerald.
  • Hamilton, Guy.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Diaries [series]
Box   1  
April 1910

(Italy)

Box   1  
World War I (India and Mesopotamia) 1914-1918 (6 volumes (in 3 folders))
Box   1  
1936
Box   1  
1937
Box   1  
1938
Box   1  
1939
Box   1  
1940
Box   1  
1941
Box   1  
September 1943-May 1944
Box   1  
1945
Box   1  
1946
Box   1  
1947
Box   1  
1948
Box   1  
1949
Box   2  
1950-1974 (25 volumes)
Box   3  
1975-1981 (7 volumes)
 
Correspondence [series]
 
General [subseries]
 
Letter-press books
Box   3  
October 1926-July 1927 (2 volumes)
Box   3  
July 1927-July 1928 (2 volumes)
Box   3  
July 1928-October 1929 (2 volumes)
Box   3  
July 1929-April 1930 (2 volumes)
Box   3  
April 1930-Whitsunday 1935 (5 volumes)
 
Recordings by GBH of some of the correspondence from his letter-press books (7 reels)

(prior to the receipt of the originals, GBH made oral recordings of some of his correspondence from the letter-press books which he considered otherwise illegible; transcriptions were never made of these recordings)

Box   4  
Re publication of Companion to Shakespeare studies 1932-1933 (3 volumes)
Box   4  
World War I (letters to parents from India and Mesopotamia) December 1914-September 1916, March 1918
Box   4  
1930s
Box   4  
1940s
Box   4  
1944-1949

(re leaving Queens University and arriving at University of Michigan; includes resume)

Box   4  
1950s
Box   4  
1960s
Box   4  
1970s-1980
Box   4  
Fragments and undated
 
Special Correspondents [subseries]
 
Guy Hamilton
Box   4  
1926

(from GBH only)

Box   4  
1927

(from GBH only)

Box   4  
1929

(from GBH only)

Box   4  
1928-1948 (scattered)
 
Gerald Cullinan
Box   4  
1965-1967
Box   4  
1968-1969
Box   4  
1970-1971
Box   4  
1972-1973
Box   4  
1974-1976
Box   4  
1977-1980
Box   4  
"The Tulsa Feminists," re Profession of English 1974
Box   4  
Hyman Enzer (Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University), re GBH's first published novel Fires of Arcadia 1966-1970
 
Shakespeare and Other Writings [subseries]
Box   4  
Re Companion to Shakespeare 1932
Box   4  
Re Copy of Holinshed's Chronicles though to belong to Shakespeare 1935
Box   4  
With agent and publisher re Introducing Shakespeare, College Shakespeare, and Complete Shakespeare 1942-1952 (scattered)
Box   4  
Re problems with citations in New Readers' Shakespeare 1945
Box   4  
With Martin Holmes re illustrations for Harcourt Brace edition of Shakespeare 1946
Box   5  
With George A. Harrap and Co., Ltd. re Tyrone Guthrie's introduction to GBH work 1952-1953
Box   5  
With Arthur Eastman re collaboration on Shakespeare's Critics 1962
Box   5  
With publisher re Adventures in English Literature and Major British Writers 1963-1965
Box   5  
Re GBH's reviews of books by A.L. Rowse 1963-1965
Box   5  
Re Proposed project for Cliff's Notes 1966-1967
 
Religious Activities [series]
Box   5  
Conversion to Catholicism (includes correspondence and a memoir) 1946
Box   5  
International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICLE) (includes correspondence, diary entries, and meditations) 1966-1978
Box   5  
Pamphlets and Radio Addresses (include correspondence and texts) 1976-1982
 
Addresses and Lectures [series]
Box   5  
On Shakespeare (5 folders)
Box   5  
On Catholicism and Religion (2 folders)
Box   5  
Miscellaneous, especially Elizabethan literature

(folders 1-2)

Box   6  
Miscellaneous, especially Elizabethan literature

(folders 3-7)

 
Articles, Reviews, and Pamphlets (including scattered reviews of GBH's work) [series]
Box   6  
Scrapbooks 1924-1967 (3 volumes)
Box   6  
Shakespeare, Elizabethan drama, and general literature (3 folders)
Box   6  
Catholicism and Religion
 
Manuscripts of writings [series]
 
Scholarly: Jacobean Journal, volumes 1-3

(only volumes 1-2 were published)

Box   7  
Correspondence 1958-1968 (including, 1968 "history" of the Journal) 1958-1968
 
Typescript Entries
Box   7  
1611
Box   7  
1612
Box   7  
1613
Box   7  
1614
Box   7  
Miscellaneous notes
Box   7  
Notebooks (4 volumes)
 
Fiction (all unpublished)
 
Plays
Box   7  
Devil's Bargain
Box   7  
Essex
Box   7  
The Romantic Lover
Box   7  
Uncle Ezra
Box   7  
Unrest in Illyria
 
Novels
Box   7  
Devil's Bargain
Box   7  
Humphrey Maynard (2 folders)
Box   7  
Illyria: Land of Promise
Box   7  
Land of Promise; or Revolution in Illyria (handwritten draft of preceding work)
Box   7  
Love's Labours Won
 
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(including copies of works of Elizabethan literature)

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