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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 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

Browse by Series:

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

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