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Historical novelist James Michener is making the University of Northern Colorado the only official repository of his works, donating manuscripts and personal writings.

The collection, expected to include 60,000 items, will be in the James A. Michener Archives in the library that also bears his name on the UNC campus, officials announced Friday,

Michener earned a master's degree at UNC and taught there from 1936 to 1941. The 90-year-old author now lives in Austin, Texas.

"What we're trying to do is give generations to come an idea of who James A. Michener was," said Gary Pitkin, dean of university libraries. "Undoubtedly, he will be remembered as one of the literary giants of the 20th century. We want to provide students, scholars and researchers with access to the person."

The materials will be available to students, researchers and the public by next summer.

Michener won the Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, "Tales of the South Pacific," in 1948. He went on to write many other books, usually epic in scope and always highly regarded for their historical detail.

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