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Tom Garrison Papers Edit


WASH 020


  • 2010-12-19 – 2016-05-05 (Creation)


  • .83 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 letter size document boxes



  • Abstract

    Tom Garrison writes about his youth, education, marriages, politics, challenges to authority, and other adventures as part of his baby boomer lifestyle. Garrison detailed his exploration of southwest hiking trails and sites, and published his experiences by means of print and digital news media.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contain Garrison’s articles from December 2010 through May 5, 2016. During this time, Garrison wrote articles for newspapers, magazines and websites. Of the seventy-eight articles, there are sixty on hiking and travel, nine on political and social commentary, eight humorous essays, and one letter to the editor. In addition, there are eight writing and photography awards, as well as, three published books. The hiking and travel essays and one of the published books constitute the majority of the collection and are descriptions of outdoor hiking and travel activities in southwest Utah and adjacent areas.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Tom Garrison was born January 18, 1952 in Shafter, California twenty miles northwest of Bakersfield, California. Graduating High School in 1970, he was in the first class to enter California State College, Bakersfield the following fall. He married his first wife, Lorraine Denise Irwin (Lori) on June 24, 1972. In 1974, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. In September 1974 – June 1976, Garrison attended and the graduated from the University of California, Davis in the Master of Arts degree program in Political Science. In 1975, he joined the American Political Science Association and remained a member until the late 1990s. After graduation, Garrison earned a Community College Instructor Credential to teach Government from the California community colleges and began a multi-year study of Zen Buddhism. In September 1976, he began a Doctor of Philosophy program in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1977, his writings earned recognition in public competitions. In 1981, he and his first wife divorced, he was arrested for civil disobedience, blockading and unlawful assembly at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, and attempted to organize a nonviolent revolutionary base camp. Garrison married his current wife, Deborah Ann Looker, in March 1982. The 1980s were filled with political activism including joining the Socialist Party, and the creation of a new bi-monthly newsletter, LEFT OUT. In the 1990s, Garrison and his wife began to explore the desert southwest (Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California) about which most of his essays in this collection are written. In 1992, he was listed in the 4th edition of Who’s Who in Writers, Editors & Poets: United States and Canada 1992-1993 and self published The New Alliance Party: A Media Analysis which consisted of 17 independent leftist newspaper and journal articles criticizing the political party. In 1993, he and his wife founded Pacifica Communications to publish Guide to Political Videos a bi-annual publication that included descriptions/reviews of political videos, and published the last issue of LEFT OUT. In 1994, Garrison allowed his Socialist Party membership to expire. In 1997, Garrison joined the national Libertarian Political Party. In 1998, he was listed in Who’s Who in California (1998-1999) (27th edition). From 1993 until 1998 he served as an Advisory Board member of ABC Poli Sci. In 2009, Garrison and his wife sold their home and moved to Saint George, Utah. In December 2010, his first essay written in St. George “Limited government: Privatize liquor sales” which was published by The Salt Lake Tribune. His collection of published books, essays and awards continues to grow.

  • Arrangement

    The Tom Garrison Papers are arranged chronologically by publication date of article or book. A bibliography of Garrison’s publications, including date, title and publication information, is included in the last folder.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description & date, WASH 020 Tom Garrison Papers, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.