Joseph M. Flora Papers, 1961-2009  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Flora, Joseph M.
Joseph M. Flora Papers
1961-2009 (inclusive)
2.0 linear feet, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS 285
Correspondence between Professor Joseph M. Flora and author Vardis Fisher on personal, biographical, literary, and political topics; together with letters to Flora from Fisher’s widow Opal Fisher and other scholars and critics of Fisher’s work; and Flora’s writings and research files on Fisher and authors related to Fisher. Also contains Flora's correspondence with and writings on Frederick Manfred; reviews, script, photos, and other items about "Jeremiah Johnson" movie based on The Mountain Man; writings by Vardis Fisher; and other materials.
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
Telephone: 208-426-3958
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joseph M. Flora was a professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and biographer of Vardis Fisher. In addition to his work with Fisher and western writers, Professor Flora has sat on the editorial boards of Studies in Short Fiction, The Southern Literary Journal, The Thomas Wolfe Review, and The Hemingway Review. He has served as president of The Western Literature Association, The Thomas Wolfe Society, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Approximately 50 letters (1961-1968) to Flora from Vardis Fisher on personal, biographical, literary, and political topics, beginning in 1961 when Flora was writing his Ph.D. dissertation on Fisher and continuing until Fisher’s death; together with letters to Flora from Fisher’s widow Opal Fisher and other scholars and critics of Fisher’s work; and Flora’s writings and research files on Fisher and authors related to Fisher.

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Preferred Citation

[item description], Joseph M. Flora Papers, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence: Vardis Fisher 1961-1968
1 2 Correspondence: Opal Fisher 1968-1974
1 3-4 Correspondence: Frederick Manfred 1972-1989
1 5 Correspondence: Boise State University, Western Writers Series 1973-1976
1 6 Correspondence: Grant Fisher 1997-2000
1 7 Correspondence: Dorys C. Grover 1969-1974
1 8 Correspondence: Patrick Magarick (includes letters from Vardis Fisher) 1973-1975
1 9 Correspondence: Isidore Reiter 1964
1 10 Correspondence: Revisionist PRess 1972-1973
1 11 Correspondence: Wallace Stegner 1970
1 12 Correspondence 1965-1989
1 13 Writings: Concealment in Fisher's "Orphans in Gethsemane" undated
1 14 Writings: The Early Power of Vardis Fisher 1963
2 1 Writings: Fraternal Mavericks: The Correspondence Between Vardis Fisher and Frederick Manfred 1957-1996
2 2 Writings: Rediscovering Vardis Fisher
Includes Vardis Fisher and Wallace Stegner: Teacher and Student, from Western American Literature, Vol. 5, No. 2
2 3 Writings: Remembering Vardis and Opal Fisher undated
2 4 Writings: Two Literary Friendships: Fisher-Wolfe, Fisher-Manfred undated
2 5 Writings: Vardis Fisher (dissertation, biography) 1962-1970
1 Writings: Vardis Fisher, Galley Proof from Twayne Publishers 1965
Box Folder
2 6 Writings: Vardis Fisher and John Gardner as Teachers of Creative Writing undated
2 7 Writings: Vardis Fisher and the Mormons undated
2 8 Writings: Vardis Fisher Bibliography 1989
2 9 Writings: Westering and Women: A Thematic Study of Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and Fisher's "Mountain Man" 1976-1977
2 10 Writings: Frederick Manfred Bibliography 1989
2 11 Desert Studies Institute 2009
2 12 E. Maynard Adams Lecture 2010-2011
2 13 Retirement from UNC Chapel Hill 2010
2 14 Vardis Fisher: At Cold Grey Dawn undated
2 15 Vardis Fisher: Confersations with Vardis Fisher by John Milton 1970
2 16 Vardis FIsher: Crime and the Great Society 1967
2 17 Vardis FIsher: Ersatz Marriages undated
2 18 Vardis Fisher: The Mormons undated
2 19 Vardis Fisher: The Mountain Man 1965-1972
3 1-2 Vardis Fisher: The Mountain Man/Jeremiah Johnson Movie 1972
3 3 Vardis Fisher: Orphans in Gethsamane undated
3 4 Vardis Fisher: The University Pen 1916-1923
3 5 Vardis Fisher: The Western Writer and the Eastern Establishment 1967
3 6 Vardis Fisher: Newspaper Columns: Vardis Fisher Says, Vardis Fisher Reports, Vardis Fisher's Viewpoint, Vardis Fisher's Views 1964-1968
3 7 Vardis and Opal Fisher: Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West 1968
3 8 Vardis Fisher and Alan Swallow: On the Testament of Man 1959
3 9 Opal Fisher on Vardis Fisher's Novels 1975
3 10 Opal Fisher: Revision of Introduction, Children of God 1979
3 11 Opal Fisher Obituary 1994
3 12 About Vardis Fisher 1962-1989
3 13 Vardis Fisher, Collecting undated
3 14 The Vardis Fisher Newsletter 1990
3 15 Vardis Fisher Papers at Boise State University 1972-1998
3 16 Vardis Fisher Events and Programs 1983-2006
3 17 Touring Fisher Country by Beatrice Morton 1986-1987
4 1 "The Mormon Heritage of Vardis Fisher" and Opal's rebuttal 1977-1979
4 2 Alan Swallow, Publisher 1963
4 3 William Faulkner 1974
4 4-6 Kalki: Studies in James Branch Cabell 1968-1993
1 Book Covers: Pemmican, Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West, Children of God, Passions Spin the Plot

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American literature--Idaho
  • Fisher, Vardis, 1895-1968
  • Flora, Joseph M.
  • Idaho
  • Literature
  • Manfred, Frederick Feikema, 1912-1994