H. H. Price papers, 1983-2009
Collection Scope and Content
These papers are organized into two series. Series 1 consists of book manuscript material pertaining to Blackberry Season: A Time to Mourn, A Time to Heal, published in 1993 by LuraMedia. Included are drafts of essays and chapters, correspondence, worksheets, illustrations, revisions, proofs and printer’s mechanicals produced between 1983 and 2009. Series 2 consists of three folders of materials pertaining to other projects, including correspondence, clippings and memorabilia.
Born in 1940, Harriet H. Price (H. H. Price) of Portland, Maine, is an award-winning author of two books and numerous print articles, reviews, op/ed pieces, educational brochures and online articles. Price is also a social activist, who has worked for peace and civil rights since 1970. The recipient of the 2007 Maine Historical Society’s Neal Woodside Allen Jr. History Award and numerous recognitions by Maine Media Women, Price managed the non-profit entity Visible Black History from 1999 to 2010, producing and making available educational materials on Maine’s black history. In conjunction with this effort she co-authored, with Gerald Talbot, the book Maine’s Visible Black History: The First Chronicle of Its People, published by Tilbury House in 2006. An expert on the history of the Underground Railroad in Maine, Price convened the Maine Underground Railroad Association in 2000, developed print and online educational materials between 1996 and 2000 and presented widely on the subject across the state. She is also the author of Blackberry Season: A Time to Mourn, A Time to Heal, a collection of short stories published by LuraMedia in 1993 that recounts Price’s experiences growing up with her paternal grandparents in Vermont, and living with the loss of her mother. Her essay entitled “Making Do” is included in the collection At a Grandmother’s Table: Women Write about Food, Life, and the Enduring Bond Between Grandmothers and Granddaughters, edited by Ellen Perry Berkeley and published by Fairview Press in 2000.