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Donald Morrison Collection of Robert Bly Audio Recordings

Identifier: Mss081K

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains 24 audio cassettes collected by Donald Morrison with documentation of The Mendocino Men's Conference of 1991, and "Matter and the Longing for God," presented at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada. An index to the Mendocino tapes and a short essay by Morrison are also included in the collection.


  • Creation: 1991, 1993, undated

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright retained by the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Note

Donald Morrison is a certified public accountant who was drawn to the writings of Robert Bly and became active in local Men's Groups in California. Educated at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, Morrison was initially introduced to Bly's work by a former classmate. Morrison and his friend felt that Bly spoke to "men like us," who felt something was missing from their quest for the "American Dream," and that Bly's writings articulated the frustrations they were feeling. For details of Robert Bly's biography, see: Robert Bly papers (Mss 81).


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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The collection contains audio recordings of the Mendocino Men's Conferences in 1991 (13 tapes), "A Day for Men with Robert Bly" from Santa Barbara, CA, and "Matter and the Longing for God," a ten part series by Ruth and Robert Bly. It also contains a two page personal reflection of "Iron John" written by Donald Morrison, and an index to the Mendocino tapes.


The collection is organized into one series of audio visual materials, and includes one folder of documents.

Physical Location

Mezz (R69, D6, S7)


Collection donated by Donald Morrison in 2015.

Related Material

Related collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries include: Robert Bly Papers (Mss081).

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Kate McManus, 2016.


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Donald Morrison collection of Robert Bly audio recordings, 1991, 1993 undated
Finding aid created by Kate McManus
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Collecting Area Details

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