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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Lists

Correspondence

The Dawning Moon of the Mind

The Names of Things

Wolves and Honey

Journals

Notebooks

Literary Production

Research Material

Miscellaneous

Photographs

Slides

Negatives

Oversize OS27.5.3

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Susan Brind Morrow:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1940-2017 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Morrow, Susan Brind
Title: Susan Brind Morrow Papers,
Dates: 1940-2017 and undated
Abstract: The Susan Brind Morrow Papers contain manuscripts, drafts, and notebooks for The Dawning Moon of the Mind.
Collection # R28.3
Quantity: 5 boxes and 1 oversize folder (4 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A classicist, linguist, poet, and translator of ancient Egyptian mythology and contemporary Arabic poetry, Susan Brind Morrow is the author of three collections of nonfiction. Her first book, The Names of Things (Riverhead Press, 1997), chronicles her search for the birth of language in the expansive deserts of Egypt and Sudan. Interwoven with her etymological discussions are Morrow’s reflections on her early years growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The Names of Things was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albard Award for the Art of the Memoir. In Wolves and Honey (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), Morrow’s second collection, she explores more deeply her relationship to the Finger Lakes region. The memoir details the lives and passing of two family friends within the context of the history and mythology of the Finger Lakes region. Morrow delves into theosophy, the start of Mormonism, and the lasting relationships humans have cultivated with the natural environment, especially the history and continuing practices of trapping and bee-keeping in Upstate New York. In The Dawning Moon of the Mind (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), Morrow argues for the Pyramid Texts as a coherent work of art, as a religious and philosophical text and as one of the origins of poetic thought in Western culture.

Major publications include:

  • Morrow, Susan Brind. The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
  • Morrow, Susan Brind. Wolves and Honey. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
  • Morrow, Susan Brind. The Names of Things: A Passage in the Egyptian Desert. New York: River Head Books, 1997.

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Scope and Content

Manuscripts and drafts for The Dawning Moon of the Mind often appear as The Silver Eye. Notebooks with translations.

The collection is in good condition and is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World.

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Organization

The collection is organized by book titles and by types of materials such as correspondence, notebooks, and audio visual material.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use. Copy requests in excess of five pages must be approved by the donor or her representative.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Please contact the Reference Librarian at least 10 days in advance to make viewing arrangements.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Morrow, Susan Brind.
Morrow, Susan Brind--Archives.
Morrow, Susan Brind--Correspondence.
Morrow, Susan Brind--Manuscripts.
Morrow, Susan Brind--The Dawning Moon of the Mind.
Morrow, Susan Brind--The Names of Things.
Morrow, Susan Brind--Wolves and Honey.
Subjects
Pyramid texts.
Egyptian literature--History and criticism.

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Susan Brind Morrow Papers, 1940-2017 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2017-0182-X

Purchase, 2017

Processing Information

Processed by: Diane Warner, 2018.

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Collection Inventory

Lists

box folder
1 1 Lists of material by box, from Susan Brind Morrow and Ken Lopez, [2017]

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Correspondence

box folder
1 2 Business and personal, 2006-2017 and undated
3 Adventures Abroad, excerpts from letters to her family, 1982-1983
4 Cowley, Rob, August 27, 1987
5 Morrow to parents, "original letter, 1983, 'All of one's life is a beautiful pattern' Wolves and Honey," January 2, 1983
6 Morrow to parents, May 14, 1983
7 "Origins of quotes," includes Barry Lopez, Wm. F. Buckley, Jr., James Dickey, Noam Chomsky, and others, 1984-2009 and undated
8 Poetry Society of America, 2016
9 Sliter, Dorothy, "Letters from Kenya 1983, from Aunt Dorothy 1986," includes registration certificate, 1940-1986

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The Dawning Moon of the Mind

box folder
1 10 Correspondence, July 20, 2009
11 Second pass, author's set, July 23, 2015
12 Second pass, master, July 23, 2015
13 First pass, master set, May 13, 2015
14 Typescript with corrections, April 2015
15 The Great Silver Eye, August 2008
16 The Great Silver Eye, 2010
17 The Silver Eye, mockup, tapebound, 32 p., undated
18 Arabic and hieroglyphs, an essay, July 2016
19 Egypt notes, undated
20 Green folder with individual hieroglyph story translations, [1970s]
21 Into the dark - notes, February 2017
22 M-Eg. Stories, photocopy, undated
23 The Turning Sky, excerpt, in Lapham's Quarterly, Spring 2017
box folder
2 1 Publicity, public discussion, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, May 10, 2016
2 Research material, "A God and a general of the oasis on a stella of the Late Middle Kingdom," by Henry George Fischer, photocopy, undated
3 Research material, Egyptian tenses, by H.J. Polotsky, photocopy, 1979
4 Research material, notecards, undated
5 Research material, notes, undated
6 Research material, "Sethe-Pyramid Texts," photocopies, undated

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The Names of Things

box folder
2 7 Correspondence, publicity, reviews, 1997-2010 and undated
8 Egypt notes, 2 notepads and loose pages, undated
9 Publicity, reviews, 1996-2012 and undated
10 Title page and beginning of book, [proof copies?], February 6, 1997

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Wolves and Honey

box folder
2 11 Journal, 1984-1997

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Journals

box folder
2 12 Boat trip to New Guinea and Samoa, 1995
13 Chimney Rock, 1999-2003
14 [George Caitlin stamp], 1999
15 Sketchbook with one journal entry, 2010-2014
16 Sudan journal, 1983

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Notebooks

box folder
2 17 "As I come at this text ….," undated
18 Egypt, Tale of two brothers, circa 1980
19 Hieroglyph translations, antechamber translations, undated
20 Hieroglyph translations, notes on translation antechamber, undated
21 Hieroglyph translations, antechamber, east gable, east wall, undated
22 Hieroglyph translations, antechamber, north wall, undated
23 Hieroglyph translations, antechamber, south wall, east wall, cannibal hymn, May-June, 2009
24 Hieroglyph translations, antechamber, west gate, west wall, undated
25 Hieroglyph translations, entrance to antechamber, east wall, September 2008
26 Hieroglyph translations, Great Silver Eye translation, 2008
box folder
3 1 Hieroglyph translations, Orpheus, 2009
2 Hieroglyph translations, passage to sarcophagus chamber, sarcophagus chamber, south wall, Summer 2009
3 Hieroglyph translations, Pyramid texts, preliminary notebook, notes on the grammar, undated
4 Hieroglyph translations, The Pyramid texts, north wall, Summer 2011
5 Hieroglyph translations, Pyramid texts, [Osiris?] and community, undated
6 Hieroglyph translations, Sarcophagus chamber, east gable cont'd, west gable, undated
7 Hieroglyph translations, Sarcophagus chamber, east wall, undated
8 Hieroglyph translations, Sarcophagus chamber, north wall, undated
9 Hieroglyph translations, Sarcophagus chamber, west wall, undated
10 Hieroglyph translations, Tantra notes, undated
11 Hieroglyph translations, Word list, antechamber, undated
12 Key notebooks for hieroglyphs, 1 of 4, riddle metaphor, with flyer, 2009-2014
13 Key notebooks for hieroglyphs, 2 of 4, Pyramid text, June 2004-August [2004]
14 Key notebooks for hieroglyphs, 3 and 4 of 4, 2004 and undated
15 Notes for talks, ca. 2016
16 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [1], undated
17 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [2], undated
18 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [3], undated
19 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [4], undated
20 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [5], undated
21 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [6], undated
22 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [7], undated
23 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [8], undated
24 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [9], undated
25 Notes for talks, hieroglyphs as literary language [10], undated
26 Sanskrit from Harvard, 2004
27 Steno, Book notes for Ros Cowley, 1987-1988
28 Texas, poems, some passages later used in Wolves and Honey, undated

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Literary Production

box folder
3 29 "Egypt notes '82/82," two typescripts, 1982-1983
30 "I went to Cairo for the weekend," [early unpublished book typescript?], undated
box folder
4 1 Book review of Arab Folktales, by Inea Bushnaq, two drafts, published version, 1986
2 "Clarity of Light," introduction to exhibit catalog, Portraits and Desert Life, Ellen Warner, 2005
3 Early autobiographical travel pieces, two drafts, undated
4 Find the Living Thing, a talk, [1980s]
5 Hieroglyphs and translations, 1984
6 The Rhinocerous and the Unicorn, typescript, 4 pages, 1980s
7 "Stone Roberts," introduction to exhibition catalog, Stone Roberts: Eight Paintings, 2004

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Research Material

box folder
4 8 The Ababda: Lecture delivered at the Sudanic Institute of Cairo, March 8, 1950, photocopy, undated
9 "Asclepiades and other Greek," photocopy, reading list, Dept. of Classics, Columbia University, 1980 and undated
10 Dare Me to the Desert, by G.W. Murray, 1967, photocopies, undated
11 Libyan Sands: Travel in a Dead World, by R.A. Bagnold, photocopy, undated

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Miscellaneous

box folder
4 12 Artwork, three birds, pen and ink, June 2000
13 Artwork, three small drawings, undated
14 Barnard College, graduation program, May 12, 1978
15 Essentials of the eight traditions of Tibetan spiritual practice: lecture notes for an illustrated talk to Margot Wilkie's study group, with notes by SBM, 2003
16 Exhibition catalog, Stone Roberts, 1989
17 The Explorers Club certificate of appreciation, 2016
18 Map, proposed subdivision property of Ferdinand L. Wyckoff Sr. estate, March 22, 1994
19 Map, U.S., National Geographic June 1951
20 Passports, 2, 1980-2010
21 Single sheet of paper with portrait and [Arabic?] writing, "Jeannette Wakin, Arabic prof., Columbia," 1975

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Photographs

box folder
5 1 Red barn and fall trees, 1 color photo, October 1997
2 Rural scenes, river, 5 color photos, undated
3 Family photos (5), Ernie Sliter, Dorothy Sliter, Barb, child, house, 1968 and undated
4 Susan and Lance Morrow, canyon landscape, 3 color photos, 2000 and undated
5 Egypt, undated
6 Egypt, family, friends, wedding, 1980-1986 and undate
7 Susan Brind Morrow giving a sermon at Rutgers Presbyterian Church with Reverend Ondrej Stenlik, 1 color photo, September 2016
8 Susan Brind Morrow, Explorers Club, 1 color photo, October 2016
9 Names of Things, illustrations, [1996] and undated

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Slides

box folder
5 10 Egypt, undated

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Negatives

box folder
5 11 Names of Things, illustrations, 1996 and undated
12 Portraits, undated

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Oversize OS27.5.3

folder
1 Map, proposed subdivision property of Ferdinand L. Wyckoff Sr. estate, March 22, 1994
folder
2 Map, U.S., National Geographic, torn, in 2 pieces June 1951
folder
3 Poster, Univ. of Connecticut, Creative Writing Program, Visiting Authors, 2010
folder
4 Galley sheets, Heiroglyps as Nature, 8 sheets, undated

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