Ben Hamper papers Edit


MSS 391 large


  • 1972-2005 (Creation)
  • 1983-1998 (Creation)


  • 3 Linear Feet (Whole)
    3 boxes.



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for researc.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Ben Hamper papers, MSS 391, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    These materials were acquired from Mr. Ben Hamper.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Ben Hamper (Ben Eagan Hamper III), a Michigan author, was born in Flint, MI to a Catholic family with many ties to the General Motors assembly line. He worked the GM assembly line in Flint from 1977-1988. For many years Ben Hamper wrote for Michael Moore{u2019}s Flint Voices. In addition, he was a correspondent on several of Moore{u2019}s TV projects. Ben also hosted and wrote for Take No Prisoners (1989-1998), a Flint local TV show. When Michael Moore went to California to be editor of Mother Jones, he asked Ben Hamper to write a column for the magazine. After the first two issues were produced and the third was being readied for the press; the owner asked if Moore was going to published Hamper{u2019}s column. Upon answering yes, Moore was fired on the spot. Hamper appeared in many of Michael Moore{u2019}s TV productions and films. He had a cameo role in Canadian Bacon, written, directed, and produced by Michael Moore. He wrote Rivethead: Tales From the Assembly Line, published in 1991, which is an autobiographical account of his time on the GM assembly line. It became a bestseller about the time that Michael Moore{u2019}s Roger & Me was released. Matt Dillon was tapped for the screenplay for the movie based on Rivethead, but it never went past the conceptual phase.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection is comprised of newspaper clippings in photo albums, manuscripts, and columns by Ben Hamper, reviews of his book Rivethead, and realia.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in nine series: Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Manuscripts; Series 3. Publications; Series 4. Book publicity/tours; Series 5. Book reviews; Series 6. Screenplay adaptations; Series 7. Miscellaneous; Series 8. Videocassetes/audiocassetes/CDs; Series 9. Realia.