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Collection Overview

Title: Mary Robinette Kowal Papers, 1983-2016

ID: RBSC/SFWA/031

Primary Creator: Kowal, Mary Robinette (1969-)

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is divided into series based upon format. Series I consists of Novels; Series II includes Short Stories; Series III contains correspondence; Series IV consists of miscellaneous items; and Series V is digital content. The majority of materials are organized within their series based upon original date of publication.  Dates of publication were taken from http://maryrobinettekowal.com/fiction-collectio/bibliography/

Date Acquired: 04/05/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Kowal, Mary Robinette, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Forms of Material: fantasy, science fiction

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Mary Robinette Kowal Papers consist of printed (paper-based) manuscripts of novels, short stories, short story manuscript critiques, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials from conventions, award ceremonies, and personal notes.

Collection Historical Note

Mary Robinette Kowal was born on February 8th, 1969 in North Carolina.  She is an American science fiction and fantasy author, as well as a puppeteer.  In 2008, she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.  Since then, two of her works have been nominated for Hugo Awards in the Best Short Story category: “Evil Robot Monkey” (2009) and “For Want of A Nail” (2011), "For Want of A Nail" (2011) won a Hugo Award. Kowal’s debut novel “Shades of Milk and Honey” was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel.

Kowal has worked as a professional puppeteer since 1989.  She has performed on Lazytown, the Center for Puppetry Arts and Jim Henson Pictures. She founded her own company: Other Hand Productions.

Mary Robinette Kowal has done voice acting for audio books.  She has also served as Vice President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Subject/Index Terms

Kowal, Mary Robinette
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additions from Mary Robinette Kowal: 09/21/2009, 05/31/2010, 04/15/2011, 09/19/2011, 05/12/2012, 11/11/2012, 09/15/2014, 09/12/2016, August 2016, 03/11/2017, 04/15/2017, 04/26/2019, 08/29/2019

Access Restrictions: Photographs and photocopies of collection are prohibited.

Use Restrictions: Property Rights are transferred to the University Libraries per the signed Deed of Gift Document. Literary Rights are retained by the content creator.  Any copyrights so stated in the materials remain in force.

Acquisition Source: Mary Robinette Kowal

Related Materials: For more information please see http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Novels],
[Series II: Short Stories],
[Series III: Correspondence],
[Series IV: Miscellaneous],
[Series V: Digital Content],
[All]

Series I: Novels
Box 1
Folder 1: Journey to the East [edited manuscript|unpublished] chapter 1 to chapter 22, 2003
Folder 2: Shades of Milk and Honey [partial timeline], no date
Folder 3: Glamour in Glass [manuscript] various pages, no date
Folder 4: The Transfigured Lady [draft pages] page 107 to page 122, no date
Folder 5: Glamour in Glass [dust jacket], no date
Folder 6: All in the Family [Advanced uncorrected proof], 2015
Addendum 1: Folders 6-7 are an addendum to Series I: Novels
Folder 7: All in the Family [Proof critiqued by Howard Taylor], 2015
Series II: Short Stories
Box 1
Folder 1: This Little Pig [edited manuscript] page 1 to page 24, no date
Folder 2: This Little Pig [edited manuscript] page 1 to page 23, no date
Folder 3: Scenting the Dark [manuscript critique by Barbara], no date
Folder 4: Jaiden's Weaver [edited manuscript] page 1 to page 22, no date
Folder 5: First Flight [edited manuscript] page 1 to page 13, no date
Folder 6: Consciousness Problem [edited partial manuscript] pages 3-4, 18-22, no date
Folder 7: Consciousness Problem|Scenting the Dark [edited page|excerpt from story] pages 3-4, 18-23, no date
Folder 8: Body Language [manuscript critique by Andrea Kail and edited manuscript], May 2008
Folder 9: Body Language [manuscript notes from critiquing], no date
Folder 10: Body Language [manuscript critique by Chris and edited manuscript], no date
Folder 11: Body Language [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 12: Body Language [manuscript critique by Chris], no date
Folder 13: Body Language [manuscript critique by Barbara and edited manuscript], no date
Folder 14: Body Language [manuscript notes], no date
Folder 15: Body Language [edited manuscript], no date
Folder 16: The Bride Replete [manuscript critique], Dec 2007
Folder 17: The Bride Replete [manuscript critique by Chris], no date
Folder 18: The Bride Replete [manuscript critique by Rick], no date
Folder 19: The Bride Replete [manuscript notes], no date
Folder 20: The Bride Replete [manuscript critique by Bob Howe], no date
Folder 21: The Bride Replete [manuscript critique by Barbara], no date
Folder 22: The Bride Replete [manuscript critique notes], no date
Folder 23: The Bride Replete [misc critiqued page], no date
Folder 24: Beyond the Garden Close [manuscript critique by Dave], no date
Folder 25: Beyond the Garden Close [manuscript critique by Garth], no date
Folder 26: Beyond the Garden Close [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 27: Ring Road [manuscript critique by Andrea Kail], May 2009
Folder 28: Ring Road [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 29: Ring Road [manuscript critique by Justin], no date
Folder 30: Ring Road [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 31: Ring Road [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 32: Ring Road [manuscript critique by Chris], no date
Folder 33: Ring Road [manuscript critique by Jean], no date
Folder 34: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Samuel Bailey], no date
Folder 35: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Laura Benson], no date
Folder 36: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Spencer Ellsworth], no date
Folder 37: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Brad B.], no date
Folder 38: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Julie McKeehan], no date
Folder 39: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Camille], no date
Box 2
Folder 1: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 2: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Ben Zurcher], no date
Folder 3: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Rick Nory], no date
Folder 4: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 5: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 6: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Suzanne], no date
Folder 7: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Bryan Summes], no date
Folder 8: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 9: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Sara Ellis], no date
Folder 10: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Aaron Johnston], no date
Folder 11: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique by Scott Danielson], no date
Folder 12: Salt of the Earth [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 13: An American Changling [manuscript critique], no date
Folder 14: Water to Wine [manuscript critique by Rob] page 1 to page 43, no date
Folder 15: Goodhouse Keeping [critiqued manuscript] page 1 to page 23], no date
Folder 16: Dust Up and Rain Down [manuscript] page 1 to page 22, no date
Folder 17: Dust Up and Rain Down [manuscript critique by Bob Howe], no date
Folder 18: Dust Up and Rain Down [manuscript critique by Chris], no date
Folder 19: Dust Up and Rain Down [manuscript critique notes], no date
Folder 20: Dust Up and Rain Down [manuscript critique], no date
Box 3
Folder 1: Unthread the Rude Eye [published as 'For Want Of A Nail']  [critiqued manuscript and attached notes], no date
Folder 2: Unthread the Rude Eye [published as 'For Want Of A Nail'] [edited manuscript and attached notes] page 1 to page 14, no date
Folder 3: Unthread the Rude Eye [published as 'For Want Of A Nail'] [critiqued manuscript] page 1 to page 14, no date
Folder 4: Unthread the Rude Eye [published as 'For Want Of A Nail'] [critiqued manuscript by Dave] page 1 to page 27, no date
Folder 5: Unthread the Rude Eye [published as 'For Want Of A Nail'] [critiqued manuscript] page 1 to page 24, no date
Folder 6: Unthread the Rude Eye [published as 'For Want Of A Nail']  [critiqued manuscript by Garth] page 1 to page 28, no date
Folder 7: Coldmonger's Boy [manuscript critique by Dave] page 1 to page 5, no date
Folder 8: Coldmonger's Boy [manuscript critique by David] page 1 to page 4, no date
Folder 9: Coldmonger's Boy [manuscript critique] page 1 to page 4, no date
Folder 10: Valient Dust [manuscript critique] page 1 to page 10, no date
Folder 11: Valient Dust [manuscript critique by Dave] page 1 to page 10, no date
Folder 12: Valient Dust [manuscript critique] page 1 to page 10, no date
Folder 13: Valient Dust [outline], no date
Folder 14: Valient Dust [outline], no date
Folder 15: Tiger Cat [photocopy of manuscript] page 2 to page 39, no date
Folder 16: Kethrelnie [photocopy of manuscript], no date
Folder 17: The Performer [photocopy of manuscript written by Kowal|art by John Forsythe] page 1 to page 23
Folder 18: Kiss Me Twice [manuscript], no date
Addendum 1: Folders 18-21 are an addendum to Series II: Short Stories
Folder 19: Rockets Red [edited manuscript], no date
Folder 20: Wary of Iguanas [edited manscripts], no date
Folder 21: Weaving Dreams [edited manuscripts], no date
Addendum 1: Folders 6-7 are part of Addendum 1
Series III: Correspondence
Box 1
Folder 1: Letter from Kowal to Bobbie Nidzgorski re: portfolio, resume, deposit, 3/19/1993
Folder 2: Card from Christopher to Kowal re: her help with puppetry and thanks, 10/2003
Folder 3: Letter and photos from Yvette to Kowal re: thank you for help on pilot production, 4/8/2004
Folder 4: Card from Christopher to Kowal re: thanks, 5/2004
Folder 5: Card from Dana Read re: thanks, 12/2004
Folder 6: At the Edge of Dying [rejection letters from John Joseph Adams to Kowal], 11/29/2007
Folder 7: Chrysalis [letter to Kowal from Sam's Dot Publishing re: payment], 12/8/2007
Folder 8: At the Edge of Dying [letter from Kowal to Shawna McCarthy|Realms of Fantasy| re: submission, 3/28/2008
Folder 9: Salt of the Earth [rejection letter from Stanley Schmidt to Kowal], 4/17/2008
Folder 10: Letter and photos from John Moore to Kowal re: Hugo award|Campbell award, 8/12/2008
Folder 11: American Changling [rejection letter from Gordon van Gelder to Kowal], 9/2/2008
Folder 12: The Consciousness Problem [letter from Clair Crowley|Dell Magazines| to Kowal re: manuscript to be published, 12/4/2008
Folder 13: Trip, Trap, Tripping [rejection letter from Gordon van Gelder to Kowal], 2/20/2009
Folder 14: Ring Road [rejection letter from Ellen Datlow to Kowal], 3/3/2009
Folder 15: Shades of Milk and Honey|Glamour in Glass [letter from Jennifer Jackson to Kowal re: copies and agreement, 3/23/2009
Folder 16: Letter from John to Kowal re: photos and new contact, 5/12/2009
Folder 17: First Flight [letter from Torie Attinson|TOR|to Kowal re: manuscript], 6/12/2009
Folder 18: Thought Experiments: Almost Possible [letter from Claire Crowley|Dell Magazine|to Kowal re:manuscript ot be published], 6/16/2009
Folder 19: Card from Ingrid Carlson to Kowal re: thank you, 11/6/2009
Folder 20: Postcard from Paul Dellinger to Kowal re: thanks, 11/12/2009
Folder 21: Photograph Christmas postcard to Kowal from David, Sheila, Irene, and Juliet, 12/2009
Folder 22: Shades of Milk and Honey [card|envelope| from Felecity Shoulders to Kowal re: thanks, 8/7/2010
Folder 23: Card from Kowal to Evan Nichols re: congratulations, 9/27/2010
Folder 24: Card from Felecity Shoulders to Kowal re: thanks, reception, and reading, 10/1/2010
Folder 25: Card from Amity Thompson to Kowal re: WFC and thanks, 11/2010
Folder 26: Card from Merilee Karr and David Goldman re: RSVP, 11/22/2010
Folder 27: Card from Judy Straalsend to Kowal re: RSVP, 11/29/2010
Folder 28: Letter from Madeleine Robins to Kowal re: 2010 Nebula Awards final ballot, 2010
Folder 29: Letter from Liz Gorinsky to Kowal re: Lev Rosen's manuscript, 6/15/2011
Folder 30: Letter from Kelly Cospar to Kowal re: thanks for helping with fundraising, 6/16/2011
Folder 31: Card from Catherine Shaffer to Kowal re: thanks, 7/5/2011
Folder 32: Card from Sandra Tayler to Kowal re: congratulations on Hugo award, 8/25/2011
Folder 33: Rejection letter from Shawna McCarthy|Realms of Fantasy|to Kowal, no date
Folder 34: Letter from Miriam Weinberg to Kowal re: book signing giveaway, no date
Folder 35: Note from Mark Murata to Kowal re: apology for missing reading session, no date
Folder 36: Thank you card from Neile, Les, and the Clarion West class to Kowal, no date
Folder 37: Paperwork from Laura Grafton|Brilliance Audio|to Kowal re: independent contractor agreement, no date
Folder 38: Letter from Mishell Baker to Kowal re: admiration, no date
Folder 39: Letter to SFWA members from Kowal|and others| re: re-election, no date
Folder 40: Card from Kowal to Sarah Burgess re: thanks, no date
Folder 41: Card from Julianna and Kahlua to Kowal re: welcome to Lazytown Co. and Iceland, no date
Folder 42: Card from Ian to Kowal re: thanks for help in production, no date
Folder 43: Postcard from Kahlua and Julianna Rose to Kowal re: thank you, no date
Folder 44: Card from various people|The Play Co|to Kowal and attached letter from Tyler to Kowal re: thanks and congrats, no date
Folder 45: Card from Penny Press and Dell Magazines re: holiday wishes, no date
Folder 46: Card from Kate Baker to Kowal re: warm wishes for holiday, no date
Folder 47: Card from Laurel and Chris to Kowal re: thanks for hosting, no date
Folder 48: Letter to Kowal from Glenette Carlson re: bookplate signed, no date
Folder 49: Card from Ciaran O'Reilly and Charlotte to Kowal re: thanks for help on Prisoner of the Crown, no date
Folder 50: Card from Ed McKeown to Kowal re: autographed copy of book, no date
Folder 51: Card from Rose and Sigga to Kowal re: Icelandic book and puppetry, no date
Folder 52: Ginger Stuyvesant and the Case of the Haunted Nursery [letter from Christopher Cevasco|Paradox|to Kowal re: manuscript rejection], no date
Folder 53: Card from Johnathon Judge to Kowal re: working on Lazytown together, no date
Folder 54: Buisness Correspondence, 2010-2016
Addendum 1: Folders 54-55 are an addendum to Series III: Correspondence
Folder 55: Correspondence, 2010-2016
Series IV: Miscellaneous
Box 1
Folder 1: Flyer for Whatnot at Rexall Rose Theatre, 6/23-29/1997
Folder 2: Salt of the Earth [fact sheet on Sodium Azide], 5/5/2003
Folder 3: Fax of timesheet, 8/10/2007
Folder 4: Weekly timesheet for Leslie Silver and Assoociates Inc., 8/10/2007
Folder 5: Name badge from World Fantasy Convention, 11/1-4/2007
Folder 6: Shimmer Pirate issue 2007 [vol 2 issue 3], 2007
Folder 7: Voter regisration, 4/29/2008
Folder 8: Invitation to Hugo Award Nominees Party, 8/9/2008
Folder 9: Program from Devention 3: Hugo Awards Ceremony, 8/9/2008
Folder 10: Invitation to Pre-Hugo Reception, 8/8/2008
Folder 11: Devention 3: 66th Science Fiction Convention [badge, ribbons, button], 8/6-10/2008
Folder 12: Postcard advertising Lady [where Kowal was the propmaster], 8/28-9/28/2008
Folder 13: Letter of agreement between Kowal and Board of Directors of Dragon*Con, 2/17/2009
Folder 14: Name badge from Lunacon 2009, 3/20-23/2009
Folder 15: Medtox Laboratories Inc paperwork from biotest review, 9/25/2009
Folder 16: Norwescon 2010 badge, 2010
Folder 17: Name badge from 2010 Nebula Awards weekend, 2010
Folder 18: To do list, 2/6/2011
Folder 19: To do list, 2/10/2011
Folder 20: MidSouth Con 29 badge and ribbon, 3/25-27/2011
Folder 21: MidSouth Con 29 program, 3/25-27/2011
Folder 22: MidSouth Con 29 pocket program, 3/25-27/2011
Folder 23: Name tag from Locus awards, 6/24-26/2011
Folder 24: Readercon 22 badge, 7/14-17/2011
Folder 25: War Horse [ticket to the movie at Vivian Beaumont theatre], 7/20/2011
Folder 26: Amtrak ticket from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA, 7/29/2011
Folder 27: Invitation to Hugo Award Nominees Reception, 8/20/2011
Folder 28: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park ticket, 8/28/2011
Folder 29: [The Bride Replete?] handwritten notes, no date
Folder 30: Proofreader's marks, no date
Folder 31: Hugo Awards photo from Alan Roberts, no date
Folder 32: Resume, no date
Folder 33: Business cards [5 total], no date
Folder 34: SFWA 2008 membership survey, no date
Folder 35: Various sketches [possible designs for puppets], no date
Folder 36: Memorare [cover art direction done by Kowal], no date
Folder 37: Blood donor card, no date
Folder 38: Mask making instructions, no date
Folder 39: Sketch of a dog, no date
Folder 40: Photographs of puppets [7 total], no date
Folder 41: Name plates from conferences, no date
Folder 42: Shopping list, no date
Folder 43: Baycon event schedule, no date
Folder 44: Twenty-fourth Poland Memorial rehearsal, no date
Folder 45: Handwritten notes, no date
Folder 46: Shades of Glamour game instructions and cards, no date
Box 2
Folder 1: Best short story envelope and winner card from Hugo Awards, no date
Folder 2: Name tag extension [I am out of excuses], no date
Folder 3: Hugo Loser's Party card [admit two], no date
Folder 4: To do list, no date
Folder 5: Starflight, Mother, Unmade Hero, and Shoestrings [journal of short stories] page 1 to page 49, no date
Folder 6: Pure Icelandic chocolate bar wrapper, no date
Folder 7: Warhorse [short script in French], no date
Folder 8: Mask making instructions, no date
Folder 9: Twenty-fourth Poland Memorial rounds, no date
Folder 10: List of play shots, props, actors, and notes, no date
Folder 11: Handwritten page of a story [Unknown], no date
Folder 12: Similarities between puppetry and SF theatre, no date
Folder 13: Anticipation 67th World Science Fiction Convention [badge and buttons], no date
Folder 14: TOR.com button, no date
Folder 15: Pure Icelandic chocolate bar wrapper, no date
Folder 16: Temporary Interim license for Oregon, no date
Folder 17: Sketchbook, no date
Folder 18: Various sketches [possible designs for puppets], no date
Folder 19: Miscellaneous Signature Book, 1983
Addendum 1: Folders 19-20 are an addendum to Series III: Miscellaneous
Folder 20: Mary's Diary, 1984
Box 3
Addendum 1: Box 3 is an addendum to Series IV: Miscellaneous
Folder 1: Various Awards, 2008-2016
Folder 2: Surrey International Writer's Conference, 2011; 2014, 2015, 2016
Folder 3: Conventions Mary Robinette Kowal Attended, 2011-2015
Folder 4: Audio and Theater Work, 2013-2016
Folder 5: Calendar, 2014
Folder 6: Other Science Fiction Writers' publicity, 2014, no date
Folder 7: Various Prints [Artist Unknown], 2014, no date
Folder 8: Photographs of Various Trips, 2014, 2015
Folder 9: Newspaper Articles, 2015
Folder 10: Promotional Materials, 2016,2017, no date
Box 4
Addendum 1: Box 4 is an addendum to Series IV: Miscellaneous
Folder 1: Events attended byMary Robinette Kowal, 2014-2016
Folder 2: Audio Correction Scripts for Of Noble Family, 2015
Folder 3: Coventions attended by Mary Robinette Kowal, 2015-2016
Folder 4: Kiss Me Twice Book Cover, no date
Folder 5: Decoder Book, no date
Folder 6: Exhibit List, 9/12/ no year
Folder 7: Glamour in Glass Misc. Papers, no date
Folder 8: Glamour in Glass Playing Cards, no date
Folder 9: Manuscripts [Unknown Author], no date
Folder 10: Pinnochio Play [Design by Mary Robinette Harrison (Kowal)], no date
Folder 11: Play script [unknown name of play and author], no date
Folder 12: Puppets, no date
Folder 13: SFWA Papers, no date
Folder 14: Miscellaneous Papers, no date
Box 5
Addendum 1: Box 5 is an addendum to Series IV: Miscellaneous
Folder 1: Other Authors' stories sent to Mary for Review, no date
Folder 2: Sketchbook, no date
Folder 3: Various Drawings, no date
Folder 4: Various Buisness Cards
Item 25: 50th Anniversary SFWA Coin, 2015
Box OVERSIZE
Addendum 1: Oversize is an addendum to Series IV: Miscellaneous
Folder 1: Sketch of a person [Rema Bassilvergoran], 2012
Folder 2: "Beauty Will Come" Toy Theater Set and Puppets, no date
Folder 3: Event Poster, 2013
Series V: Digital Content
Electronic Mail Attachment 1
Item 1: Unthread the Rude Eye.3, 3/27/2009
Item 2: Unthread the Rude Eye.3, 5/1/2009
Item 3: Unthread the Rude Eye.3, 5/10/2009
Item 4: Unthread the Rude Eye.3, 5/12/2009
Item 5: Unthread the Rude Eye.3-1, No Date
Item 6: Almost Possible, No Date
Item 7: Almost Possible-1, No Date
Item 8: Almost Possible-2, No Date
Item 9: Unthread the Rude Eye.3.2, No Date
Item 10: glamour_in_glass_outline, No Date
Item 11: glamour_in_glass_outline-1, No Date
Item 12: glamour_in_glass_outline.2, No Date
Item 13: Glamour in Glass, No Date
Item 14: Glamour in Glass-1, No Date
Item 15: Glamour in Glass-2, No Date
Item 16: Glamour in Glass-3, No Date
Item 17: Glamour in Glass-4, No Date
Item 18: Glamour in Glass-5, No Date
Item 19: Dust Outline.2, No Date
Item 20: Dust Novel, No Date
Item 21: Transfigured Lady, No Date
Item 22: Transfigured Lady2, No Date
Item 23: Transfigured Lady2.3, No Date
Item 24: Flash drive, 2014
Addendum 1: Item 24 is an addendum to Series V: Digital Content
Item 25: Science Award Plaque, 2015
Item 26: Convention T-Shirt, no date

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