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Papers of Herk Harvey

Call Number: RH MS 1229


Herk Harvey was an actor, vice president, director, and producer for Centron Films in Lawrence, Kansas. This collection contains film treatments, notes, correspondence, catalogs, slides, contracts, a mayoral proclamation, news articles, photographs, scripts, and an Academy Award Nomination plaque.


  • Creation: 1962 - 2007


Language of Materials

English, Korean, German, and Italian

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Herk Harvey

Harold A. Harvey, known as "Herk," was born June 3, 1924 in Fort Collins, Colorado to Everett and Minnie R. (Prewitt) Harvey. After graduating from Fort Collins High School and serving in the Navy during World War II, Harvey completed both bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Kansas in 1948 and 1950.

Soon after Centron Films was established in Lawrence, Kansas as an independent film production company, Harvey was hired on by co-founder Art Wolf. Harvey worked as a producer and film director for Centron, mostly in industrial and educational films.

In the early 1960s with writer John Clifford, who also worked extensively for Centron, Harvey directed the thriller Carnival of Souls, with a total budget of $30,000. The movie later gained a cult following, and a remake was released in 1998. Harvey worked on over 400 educational and industrial films, winning an Academy Award for the short documentary "Leo Beuereman."

Herk Harvey was married to Pauline G. Pappas. He retired in 1985, continuing to teach film production at KU, adjudicate films for the American Film Festival and for the Kansas Film and Video Festival, and directed plays for the Lawrence Community Theatre. Harvey died in 1996 from pancreatic cancer.


3.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder, 13 audio visual items)

Scope and Contents

Material includes correspondence, film treatments, shooting schedules, take sheets, sound logs, contracts, notes and scripts for short films on Korea in the 1980s. Also includes slides from the Caribbean, Central America and South America used for geographic films produced in the 1960s and an Academy Award Nomination plaque for the 1969 short film "Leo Beuerman."

An addition to this collection contains materials related to the film directed by Herk Harvey and written by John Clifford, Carnival of Souls, including newspaper and magazine articles, scripts, contracts, information on film festivals where it was shown, posters, press kits, information on the Saltair location where part of the film was shot, information pertaining to the VHS release, photographs from the filming and subsequent re-release, and corresondence regarding the film. The addition also includes photographs from several Centron films directed by Herk Harvey and scripts from several other short films and plays on which he worked.

Physical Location

RH MS 1229

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RH MS-P 1229

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RH MS 1409

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RH MS Q421

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Physical Location

KC AV 23-25

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Robert M. Rose, 2002; Stephen Callahan, 2015.

Related Materials

John Clifford Collection, RH MS 1094, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Separated Materials

Price, Michael H. and Debra Rowden. Carnival of Souls. Baltimore, Md.: Midnight Marquee Press, 2005. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH D9763.

Carnival of Souls. Directed by Herk Harvey and written by John Clifford. Rahway, Nj: Vintage Video, 1988. Located at Spencer Research Library at KC AV 26.

Carnival of Souls. Directed by Adam Grossman. United States: Trimark Home Video, 1998. Located at Spencer Research Library at KC AV 27.

Guide to the Herk Harvey Collection
Papers of Herk Harvey
Finding aid prepared by brch, 2010; revised by tmw, 2017.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Papers of Herk Harvey, RH MS 1229, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States