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Marion Zimmer Bradley papers, 1956-1999
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Box 1, Folder 1

Scientology:The Fundamentals of Thought. 1956.

Physical Description: pamphlet

Scope and Content Note

Initially meant as a primer to be translated into various languages to aid in the spread of Scientology outside of the United States, this remains as the beginner's guide to the principles of Scientology. Written by L. Ron Hubbard and revised and re-released in various forms since its initial publication, the book contains thoughts related to creativity, aging and potential.
Box 1, Folders 2-5

The Complete, Cumulative Checklist of Lesbian, Variant and Homosexual Literature. 1965.

Physical Description: manuscript

Scope and Content Note

Contained in this annotated bibliography are 6 lists compiled by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Gene Damon, edited by her then-husband Walter Breen, and with an introduction by Bradley as well as several appendices listing relevant materials and periodicals. List 1: Fiction, Drama, Biography and related Non-Fiction in English or Available in English Translation. List 2: Variant Poetry. List 3: Variant Films. List 4: Foreign Lesbian, Variant and Related Materials (compiled by Breen). List 5: Bibliographic Tools and Reference Materials. List 6: Related publications. Folders 2-3 contain the original manuscript while Folders 4-5 contain a photocopy.

General note

Aided by librarian Gene Damon and Bradley's husband Walter Breen, this bibliography existed in many incarnations, initially as a twelve page pamphlet and ultimately a 608 page comprehensive collection in 1965. Inspired by the work of Jeanette Howard Foster in her work "Sex Variant Women in Literature," Bradley expresses in the introduction a desire to fill the lacunae of knowledge. Her reviews of various works in the bibliography express her opinion of their artistic and cultural merit.
Box 2, Folder 1

The Catch Trap. 1979.

Physical Description: uncorrected proof, paperback completely broken spine.

Scope and Content Note

Uncorrected proof for the novel The Catch Trap, 608 pages.

General note

The book is a sprawling family saga that follows the Flying Santellis, a family of aerialists, in their rise to greatness. The Catch Trap is also a strong and moving love story of two men whose relationship is often as traumatic as it is wonderful. Set against the turbulent background of the 40's, the novel moves from tawdry backwater circuses to the glamor of Hollywood and the excitement of Center Ring in Madison Square Garden. Determined to restore his family's fame, Mario Santelli strives to perfect the legendary triple somersault, as young Tommy Zane learns to accept the grueling discipline that makes a great flyer. Drawn together, they discover a mutual need for each other that neither can repress. This is the story of real people whose shared ambitions lead them to discover the best in themselves by being unafraid to test their limits.
Box 2, Folder 2

Darkover: Grand Council IV. 1981.

Physical Description: program guide

Scope and Content Note

Program guide for the 1981 Darkovercon, a science fiction and fantasy conference.

General note

The 1981 conference took place at the Wilmington, Delaware Radisson Hotel. Marion Zimmer Bradley was a special guest (*the conference takes its name from her series of novels) as was Katherine Kurtz. C.J. Cherryh was the guest of honor. The guide includes short stories from each of the guests, a short bibliography of their work, a description of events as well as rules and regulations for the weekend.
Box 2, Folders 3-4

Free Amazons of Darkover. circa 1985.

Physical Description: manuscript, cardboard piece

Scope and Content Note

Free Amazons of Darkover is a collection of short stories edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Each of the stories occurs in the fictional world of Darkover. The collection was first published in 1985, although this manuscript contains no date. Also contained with the manuscript is a piece of cardboard with 'Free Amazons "Shattered Chain" written on it in purple marker.

General note

The contents include: Introduction: About Amazons, by Marion Zimmer Bradley "The Oath of the Free Amazons", by Walter Breen "The Legend of Lady Bruna", by Marion Zimmer Bradley "Cast Off Your Chains", by Margaret Silvestri "The Banshee", by Sherry Kramer "On the Trail", by Barbara Armistead "To Open a Door", by P. Alexandra Riggs "The Meeting", by Nina Boal "The Mother Quest", by Diana L. Paxson "Child of the Heart", by Elisabeth Waters "Midwife", by Deborah Wheeler "Recruits", by Maureen Shannon "A Different Kind of Courage", by Mercedes R. Lackey "Knives", by Marion Zimmer Bradley "Tactics", by Jane M. H. Bigelow "This One Time", by Joan Marie Verba "Her Own Blood", by Margaret L. Carter "The Camel's Nose", by Susan Holtzer "Girls Will Be Girls", by Patricia Shaw-Mathews "Growing Pains", by Susan M. Shwartz "Oath of the Free Amazons: Terran, Techno Period", by Jaida n'ha Sandra
Box 2, Folder 5

Obituary. 1999.

Physical Description: newspaper clipping, photocopy

Scope and Content Note

A clipping of Marion Zimmer Bradley's obituary, published in the Los Angeles Times on September 90, 1999. Contains a summary of Bradley's works and contributions to feminist and science fiction culture.
Box 3, Folder 1

Ruins of Isis. undated.

Physical Description: carbon copy

Scope and Content Note

Carbon copy rewrite of the novel Ruins of Isis. Although published in 1978, this copy is undated.

General note

In the novel, a heterosexual couple finds themselves in the world of Isis, a matriarchal culture. In order to successfully navigate the world, the wife pretends to dominate her husband. A thematic exploration of the politics surrounding gender dynamics as well as lesbian separatist utopian ideals, Ruins of Isis attempts to depict the emotional and interpersonal consequences of grappling with sexism.
Box 3, Folders 2-3

Stranger's Harbor. undated.

Physical Description: manuscript

Scope and Content Note

Unpublished manuscript, missing pages 346-364.