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Olive Hershey Papers

Identifier: 2013-011

This collection contains drafts, revisions, editorial notes, and writings pertaining to the works of American novelist and poet Olive Hershey. The collection is divided into two series: Truck Dance and Other Works. Within each series, folders and items were left in the original order in which they were received from the author. Of particular interest are drafts of various chapters of Truck Dance containing revisions and notes from fellow American novelists Donald Barthelme, under whom Hershey studied while in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, and Tracy Daugherty, another student of Barthelme’s and graduate of the Creative Writing Program.


  • 1978-1988


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Open for research.

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4.5 linear feet

Biographical Information

Olive Hershey was born in Houston, Texas in 1941, the daughter of Jacob W. and Olive Hershey. She attended Connecticut College from 1958-60; University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.A. in 1968, M.A. in 1970, and Ph.D. in 1978; and University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, receiving an M.A. in 1987. While at the University of Houston, Hershey studied under American novelist Donald Barthelme. She published Face Up, a book of poetry, in 1984 and the novel Truck Dance (originally her University of Houston thesis) in 1984.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Olive Hershey on December 19, 2013.

Guide to the Olive Hershey Papers
Stacey Lavender
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA