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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 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
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

Browse by Series:

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

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