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Frank Harris correspondence and photographs

Call Number: RH MS 40

Scope and Contents

About 150 letters (photostats and originals) to and from Frank Harris, along with two photographs and other miscellaneous manuscript items. Most of the letters date from the latter part of Harris's life. Correspondents include George Bernard Shaw, Princess Alice of Monaco, Upton Sinclair, Jay Kaufman, and others.


  • Creation: 1892 - 1931


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Frank Harris

Frank Harris (14 February 1856 – 27 August 1931) was an Irish-American editor, novelist, short story writer, journalist and publisher.

Born in Ireland, he emigrated to the United States early in life, working in a variety of unskilled jobs before attending the University of Kansas to read (study) law. After graduation, he quickly tired of his legal career and returned to Europe in 1882. He traveled on continental Europe before settling in London to pursue a career in journalism. In 1921, in his sixties, he became a US citizen. Though he attracted much attention during his life for his irascible, aggressive personality, editorship of famous periodicals, and friendship with the talented and famous, he is remembered mainly for his multiple-volume memoir My Life and Loves, which was banned in countries around the world for its sexual explicitness. -- Wikidata (2019/9/20)


1 box (approximately 150 items)

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Physical Location

RH MS 40

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Arthur L. Ross, U.C.L.A. Library, 1957-1965; Purchase, Emily Driscoll, 1966; Purchase, Carnegie Bookshop, 1965.

Processing Information


Guide to the Frank Harris Collection
Frank Harris correspondence and photographs
lgg 21 October 1974; mg 2004
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Preferred citation
Frank Harris Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 40 , Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States