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Shaara - Professional Papers: Awards, Interviews, Speeches, and Teaching
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Series IV: Professional papers:  awards, interviews, speeches, and teaching, 1960-1994 and n.d. (0.20 linear feet)  

This series consists of materials relating to Shaara's awards and honors, interviews, speeches, and teaching. After winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, Shaara was honored by local county governments, and colleges and universities, and other associations and groups. Some awards and honors in this grouping include a certificate from the Colonial Dames XVIII Chapter, a proclamation from Brevard County Board of Commissioners, and an invitation to a FSU reception honoring the author for his Pulitzer Prize achievement. Additionally, there is a table place card from the White House State Dinner that Shaara and his wife attended in June 1975, during the Ford Administration. The archive does not contain the Pulitzer Prize. His FSU teaching materials include exams, lectures notes, and syllabuses from creative writing and English composition courses.

Materials are separated into four subcategories: Awards and honors, Interviews, Speeches, and Teaching. Within each subcategory, materials are arranged alphabetically by corporate name and title.

For information related to the Pulitzer Prize, see the Carlos Baker file in Series III: Correspondence - - Professional activities - - Princeton University. Articles on Shaara and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel can be found in Series VII: Clippings - - About Shaara, 1974-1975, and 1976-1979; and Series IX: Serials.

The reactions of readers, family, and friends may be found in Series III: Correspondence - - General correspondence. Materials related to the White House State Dinner can be found in Series VII: Clippings - - About Shaara, 1974-1975 (17 June 1975 and 29 June 1975).
 
The archive does not contain Shaara's certificate for the Coyle E. Moore, Jr. Award; however, other information can be found in Series III: Correspondence - - Professional activities - - Florida State University, Coyle E. Moore, Jr. Award; Series VII: Clippings - - About Shaara, 1963, 1965-1969; Series VIII: Printed matter - - Commencement program, 1966; Series IX: Serials (Florida Flambeau); Series XIII: Photographs - - Michael Shaara receiving the Coyle E.. Moore, Jr. Award. For other awards not represented in this series, see Series III: Correspondence - - Professional activities; Series VII: Clippings (About Shaara); and Series VIII: Printed matter. Further background on Shaara's relationship with the named colleges, universities, and associations can be found in Series III: Correspondence - - Professional activities. 

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Box
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Item Description

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 1

Awards and honors - - Brevard Community College, Certificate of Award to Shaara for completion of the Florida Space Coast Writers Conference and Workshop, 1-2 March 1986.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 2

Awards and honors - - Brevard County Board of County Commissioners posthumously honored Shaara and issued a proclamation for the Space Coast Writers’ Guild prestigious Michael J. Shaara Outstanding Writer’s Award, 30 August 1994.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 3

Awards and honors - - Colonial Dames XVII Century, Dominie Everardus Bogardus Chapter presented a certificate to Shaara in recognition of his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, 3 May 1976.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 4

Awards and honors - - Congressional Record, 18 April 1975, p. S 6222.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 5

Awards and honors - - Florida State University, reception honoring Shaara as the 1975 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction, 29 May 1975.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 6

Awards and honors - - Mark Twain Society, certificate in recognition of the Shaara’s contribution to modern literature.  Elected honorary member, 5 March 1975. Includes Mark Twain Journal inscribed by Cyril Clemens.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 7

Awards and honors - - Pulitzer Prize, envelope only, 15 July 1976.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 8

Awards and honors - - White House, State Dinner hosted by President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford, table place card, 16 June 1975. Plus photocopy of clipping.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 9

Interviews - - Transcript of Brad Linaweaver interview with Shaara, n.d.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 10

Speeches - - Dickinson College, Mid-Atlantic American Studies Association, 16 April 1977.  Holograph notes.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 11

Speeches - - Florida State University, Remarks to the faculty of the Florida State University, President Gordon W. Blackwell (original folder labeled: publicity on Dr. Blackwell’s last speech, ghosted), 12 April 1963.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 12

Speeches - - Miscellaneous, outlines of speeches for Florida State University, Strozier Library; the Women’s Club; and other venues, 1968-1976.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 13

Teaching - - Florida State University, Department of English, Annual Report of Professional Activities, 1960-61, 1961-2, 1962-3.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 14

Teaching - - Florida State University, Creative Writing, typescript with holograph annotations, 17 leaves. Also, “The Storyteller: An outline of a text for creative writing,” 17 leaves, 16 numbered. Includes typescript notes on teaching creative writing, 43 leaves, numbered 1-A – 2-A, 1 – 41.  Dates from 7 January 1970 to 13 March 1970. In original folder labeled: “Teaching Creative Writing”.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 15

Teaching - - Florida State University, Description of Proposed Study, A Study of Narrative Technique: Drama Form,” 3 typescript leaves, copy, and draft with 2 typescript leaves.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 16

Teaching - - Florida State University, English 101 and 102 TV questions, summaries, and lectures.  Mimeographed copy of leaves 2 through 6 of a script based on Hemingway’s “A Clean Well-lighted Place” with holograph corrections in ink and holograph notes in pencil.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 17

Teaching - - Florida State University, English 102, Final exam with holograph addition.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 18

Teaching - - Florida State University, English 371, Syllabus, exams, and lecture notes.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 19

Teaching - - Florida State University, “First Lecture” notes for honor students at the pre-registration conference, 1963. Notes for “Last Lecture”, 1967?  See Correspondence - - Professional activities - - FSU - - Paul J. Piccard to Michael Shaara, 12 September 1963. Includes campus publicity detailing the last lecture series.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 20

Teaching - - Florida State University, Hemingway lecture notes, 1 typescript leaf.

Series 4
Box 9
Folder 21

Teaching - - Florida State University, “Today is a dirty word”, 13 February 1970, 3 typescript leaves.

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