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Collection Overview

Title: Mary Robinette Kowal Papers, 1983-2016


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],

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

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[Series I: Novels],
[Series II: Short Stories],
[Series III: Correspondence],
[Series IV: Miscellaneous],
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