University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Olive Hershey Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Hershey, Olive
Collection Title Olive Hershey Papers
Dates 1978-1988
Identification 03/2013-011
Physical Description 4.50 linear feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

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.

Scope and Contents

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.


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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Manuscripts (document genre)
Personal Name:
Barthelme, Donald
Daugherty, Tracy
Hershey, Olive
Topical Term:
Authors, American -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Olive Hershey Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition Information:


Detailed List of Contents

Truck Dance

Scope and Contents
This series contains chapter and full drafts of Hershey’s novel Truck Dance. Many of the chapter drafts contain revisions and notes from American novelists Donald Barthelme and Tracy Daugherty. Folders were kept in their original order and original folder titles were used.
Chapter Drafts
Box Folder
1 1 Home (Little Egypt) - Tracy’s revisions undated
2 Other People’s Furniture - Tracy’s revisions undated
3 The Bridge - Tracy’s revisions undated
4 Vernon - Tracy’s revisions undated
5 The Bridge undated
6 The Truth Will Make You Free, But First It Will Make You Miserable - Tracy undated
7 The Bridge undated
8 Every Last One - Tracy undated
9 Espaldas Mojadas - Tracy’s revisions, Don’s revisions undated
10 Mardi Gras undated
11 The Bridge, Out from Under undated
12 Papa - Don’s revisions undated
13 Money Man - Don’s revisions undated
14 Vernon - Don’s revisions undated
15 Refuge - Don’s revisions undated
16 Home - Little Egypt - Don’s revisions undated
17 Mardi Gras -Donald and Tracy revisions undated
18 Pigeon Shoot - Don’s revisions undated
19 Every Last One - Cary undated
20 Mardi Gras - Cary undated
21 Other People’s Furniture - Don’s revisions undated
22 Sojourners - Don’s revisions undated
23 Sisters - Don’s revisions undated
24 Rafael undated
25 Hog Killing undated
26 After the Equinox undated
27 Synergy undated
28 Border Patrol undated
29 Refuge, Sisters undated
30 Hog Killing undated
31 Refuge undated
32 Car undated
33 Drifters undated
34 Vernon undated
35 The Truth Will Make You Free, But First It Will Make You Miserable undated
36 Drifters - Beverly (this actually looks like a bunch of chapters) undated
37 Oralee - New Beginning to Truck undated
38 Pigeon Shoot undated
39 Sojourners - Tracy’s revisions undated
40 Pigeon Shoot undated
41 Combat Zone undated
42 Out of the Combat Zone undated
43 Sanctuary undated
44 Hog Killing undated
45 Border Patrol, Gary, Truck Song undated
46 How About You, Money Man?, Pyramid, Synergy, Gary, Vernon undated
47 Synergy undated
48 Pigeon Shoot - McDowell version undated
49 Truck Song undated
50 Hog Killing undated
51 Pigeon Shoot - Last Revision February 15, 1985
52 Pigeon Shoot (Donald), Out from Under, Car, The Bridge undated
53 Mardi Gras, Pudge, Every Last One, Little Egypt, The Truth Will Make You Free But First It Will Make You Miserable undated
54 The Truth Will Make You Free, But First It Will Make You Miserable undated
Box Folder
2 1 The Truth Will Make You Free, But First It Will Make You Miserable (final) undated
2 Border Patrol, Synergy undated
3 The Truth Will Make You Free, But First It Will Make You Miserable undated
4 Hotel Jerome undated
5 Encounter (later it’s Vernon) undated
6 Mardi Gras, Home undated
7 Out from Under, Vernon undated
8 Crawdaddy undated
9 Drifters - Don’s revisions undated
10 Espaldas Mojadas undated
11 New Revision - Gary, Vernon, Caracara undated
12 Gary undated
13 Border Patrol undated
14 Truck Song undated
15 Gary undated
16 Truck Stop undated
17 Drifters 2 undated
18 Pigeon Shoot - Tracy undated
19 Hog Killing undated
20 Encounter/Crawdaddy undated
21 Pigeon Shoot - Don’s revisions undated
22 Vernon, Gary, Truck Song, Pigeon Shoot undated
23 Rafael, Combat Zone, Science in the Modern World undated
24 Vernon, Cab and Wilma, Sisters undated
25 Pigeon Shoot undated
26 Miss Cornelia undated
27 Every Last One undated
28 Espaldas Mojadas undated
29 The Bridge, Pigeon Shoot, Hotel Jerome undated
30 Sanctuary, Combat Zone, Out of the Combat Zone undated
31 Vernon, Car undated
32 Rafael, Road Runner undated
33 Road Runner, Gary undated
34 Home undated
35 Truth - comments for Beverly’s class undated
36 New Revision - Gary, Vernon, Caracara undated
37 Sanctuary undated
38 Roadrunner undated
39 Wilma drafts and working notes, Road Runner, Combat Zone undated
40 Every Last One, Out from Under undated
41 Hog Killing - last revision March 11, 1985
42 Pigeon Shoot undated
43 Refuge undated
Full Drafts
Box Item
2 1 Bound draft with notated bookmarks and handwritten notes 1987
Box Item
3 1 Bound draft 1987
2 Bound “1st Draft” with edits inserted 1987
3 Bound draft 1987
4 Bound draft 1987
1-4 Unbound draft with handwritten notes undated
5-7 Unbound printed draft with notes 1987
Box Folder
4 1-3 Unbound printed draft 1988
4-5 Unbound partial draft undated
6-8 Unbound draft 1987
9-11 Unbound draft undated
12-14 Unbound draft undated
15-17 Unbound draft undated
Notes and Research
Box Folder
5 1 Research articles 1996, 1984
2 Research clippings 1985
3 Cameron County Texas roadmap 1980
4 Novel notes undated

Other Works

Box Folder
5 5 “From Seed bed to Second Cutting: The Story of Texas Rice”
6 Dobie Paisano Fellowship Application 1984-1985
7 “Horse Power,” Texas Monthly March 1980
8-10 “The Little Man and The Unicorn” unbound dissertation draft 1978