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Michael Dorris papers, 1971-1994Rauner Manuscript MS-1176

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Michael Dorris papers

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Rauner Manuscript MS-1176

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Size of Collection:

10.5 linear ft., 7 boxes


Michael Dorris (1945-1997) author and professor. Contains manuscript drafts of books, correspondence, and research materials. Documents Dorris' teaching, writing and studies.

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Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Michael Dorris (1945-1997), author and professor. Contains drafts and galleys of 'The Broken Cord," "Yellow Raft in Blue Water" and "The Crown of Columbus." Also contains materials related to fetal alcohol syndrome, correspondence related to his books and to the television adaptation of "Broken Cord." Additionally, the papers include letters to Dorris' mother and aunt, notes, papers concerning his teaching career at Dartmouth College and some correspondence with Louise Erdrich.


Michael Dorris (1945-1997.) Author of the "The Broken Cord" and "A Yellow Raft in Blue Water" among other works. Dorris was appointed the first Chairman of the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth College in 1972.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Papers, 1971-1994

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Contains manuscript drafts, letters, notes, research materials, tenure application book, audio cassette tapes, a photograph, student papers, and dissertation materials.

Box: 1, 1975-1994

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Contains drafts of "Yellow Raft in Blue Water" as well as reviews and clippings of the book, letters related to fetal alcohol syndrome, Dartmouth College materials supporting Dorris' tenure application, and microcassette tapes recorded at Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.

Box: 2, 1971-1994

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Contains letters related to "The Broken Cord", a photograph of Jeff Dorris, book reviews written by Dorris, correspondence with publishers, an introduction to Hunt's "Ramona", film materials related to the television production of "The Broken Cord" and legislative materials concerning Fetal Alcohol Syndrome put forth by Senator Daschle.

Box: 3, 1971-1994

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Contains "The Crown of Columbus" printers layout and draft, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome materials and notes, CV for Louise Erdich, letters to Mother and Aunt, and draft of "The Broken Cord."

Box: 4, 1985-1994

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"Yellow Raft in Blue Water" draft and layout as well as draft of "The Broken Cord."

Box: 5, 1980's

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Contains Dartmouth College correspondence, Curriculum Vitae, Calvin Trillin 'New Yorker' Indian symbol piece and related correspondence, Fellowship applications and materials (Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Woodrow Wilson), sabbatical '85-'86, student work and papers, Dartmouth course materials, Native American Studies program materials and grants. Correspondence with Louise Erdrich from 1979 is also included.

Box: 6, 1970's

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Contains Yale dissertation materials, Native American land claims and Alaskan research materials.

Box: 7, 1970's

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Contains correspondence and materials related to the 'Handbook of North American Indians,' thesis research on Tyonek, Alaska.

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