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Payne Harrison Collection
Name of creator
Payne Harrison, Jr., is a writer of several noted technothrillers. He was born in 1949, the son of Payne Harrison, Sr., who graduated from Texas A&M in 1924 at the age of 19 and as the youngest graduate in the history of the university. Harrison, Jr. attended Texas A&M from 1967-1971, during which time he served as a member of the Corps of Cadets. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism and subsequently served for two years in the U.S. Army as a public relations officer.
After completing his Army service, Harrison returned to A&M, where he obtained a master's degree in political science. He also earned an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, and worked as a reporter and a financial consultant before beginning his literary career.
Harrison's first technothriller was Storming Intrepid, released in 1989. The book tells the story of a attempt by Soviet agents to hijack the (fictional) American space shuttle _Intrepid._A sequel, Thunder of Erebus, set in Antarctica, followed in 1991. Harrison wrote two additional novels, Black Cipher(1994) and Forbidden Summit(1997), before taking a hiatus from writing. He returned to the technothriller genre in 2010 with Eurostorm.
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Scope and content
The Payne Harrison Collection consists primarily of manuscripts, notes, and related material for Harrison's novels and other written works (including an unproduced screenplay, Arrow Storm). There is also a considerably large subject file consisting of news articles, government documents, and other materials that Harrison used in research for his works.
Also in the collection are a number of photographs and slides depicting trips Harrison made (to England and to Japan, among other places), as well as various aircraft and other military subjects. (Some photographs are held in the Subject File.)
System of arrangement
Arranged by series: Manuscripts, Correspondence, Subject File, Additional Materials, Photographs, Publications.
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Conditions governing access
These materials are stored offsite and require additional time for retrieval.
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Related archival materials
- Processing information: Newspaper clippings in the Subject File have been photocopied, and the originals have been tossed.
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Finding Aid Authors: Jeremy Brett.