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John M. (Mark) Harris papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 24, Placement: 02
Identifier: MSF 164

Scope and Contents

Copy of a speech given by Mark Harris at the New York Public Library, December 8, 1987.


  • 1987


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Mark Harris was born on November 19, 1922, in Mt. Vernon, New York. After serving in the United States military briefly from 1943-1944, Harris returned to civilian life as a journalist. Some newspapers and magazines he wrote for include the Daily Item (Port Chester, NY, 1944-45), PM (New York City, 1945), the International News Service (St. Louis, 1945-46), and the Negro Digest and Ebony (Chicago, 1946-1951).

In 1948, Harris enrolled at the University of Denver, where he went on to receive his master’s degree in English in 1951. In 1956, Harris earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Following his doctorate program, Harris began a long career as a college professor, teaching English at San Francisco State College (1956-1967), Purdue University (1967-1970), California Institute of the Arts (1970-1973), the University of Southern California (1973-1975), the University of Pittsburgh (1976-1980), and Arizona State University-Tempe (1980-2001).

Throughout his career and education, Harris also authored numerous books. He published his first, Trumpet to the World, in 1946 while working as a journalist in St. Louis. Among his most well known works are Bang the Drum Slowly (1956), Something about a Soldier (1957), Wake Up Stupid (1959), The Goy (1970), and Killing Everybody (1973).

Harris passed away in 2007.


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

The material has been placed into an acid-free folder and an acid-free box.
Mark Harris papers
Under Review
Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed 2009-11-09.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-06-05: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.
  • 2024-02-02: Biographical information note updated by William Niner.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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