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Octavia E. Butler Papers
mssOEB 1-8000  
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Description
This collection includes the extensive manuscripts, correspondence, and working materials of American science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006).
Background
Octavia Estelle Butler (1947-2006) was an American science fiction writer, and the first black woman in her field. She was born and raised in Pasadena, California by her mother, Octavia M. Butler, a maid. Her father Laurice, a shoeshiner, died when she was a baby. When she was young she was known as Estelle, or Junie (short for Junior), to differentiate herself from her mother. Later, though she used Octavia, she was adamant about including her middle initial in published settings.
Extent
8000 pieces in 354 boxes, 1 volume, 2 binders, 18 broadsides.
Restrictions
The literary copyright of materials by Octavia E. Butler is held by the Estate of Octavia E. Butler. Anyone wishing to quote from or publish any manuscript material by Octavia E. Butler must contact: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House, 21 West 26th St., New York City, NY 10010, mheifetz@writershouse.com, (212) 685-2605
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.