Guide to the Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Jennifer Hollander.
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2008-10-13
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Guide to the Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection 1956/1970

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection
Dates: 1956-1970
Identification: MS-0084
Creator: Chater, Elizabeth, 1910-
Physical Description: 5.63 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Elizabeth Chater earned her BA in English from the University of British Columbia and an MA from SDSU. She began teaching creative and science fiction writing at San Diego State University in 1963. During her tenure at SDSU, Chater was nominated for and received an Outstanding Professor Award, and wrote and published numerous articles, stories, and poems. Chater was eventually named Emeritus Professor of English at SDSU.
In 1977, Chater began donating her collection of science fiction and fantasy books to the university. Her original donation consisted of 2,300 items and the collection has grown to over 4,000 today. It includes a number of rare first editions and signed books, cassette tapes, clippings, figurines, and posters.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers
Publications

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Related Materials:

Elizabeth Chater Science Fiction Collection
Jefferson Sutton Science Fiction Collection

Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection dates from 1956-1970, with the majority of items undated. The collection documents Chater's own creative research and writing process.It consists of paper records, audio recordings, other items.  Included in the collection is a manuscript copy of Chater's The Bridge and the Sepulchre. Also included are manuscripts by noted science fiction authors Suzette Haden Elgin and Joan D. Vinge that reveal changes made to works before publication. There is no filing order.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Elizabeth Chater Lecture to the Friends of the Library - "Fantastic In Literature" (Cassette Tape) November 12, 1976

Box 1, Folder 2

The Big Sling by Lee Chater

Box 1, Folder 3

The Thing in the Toy Shop by Lee Chater 1975

Box 1, Folder 4

The Bridge and the Sepluchre by Elizabeth Chater 1956

Scope and Contents

copy of original script 1945
Box 1, Folder 5

Freeway by Suzette Haden Elgin

Box 1, Folder 6

Freeway by Suzette Haden Elgin

Box 2

To Bell the Cat and Fireship rough drafts in a DailyAide Silent Secretary Notebook 1971

Box 2, Folder 1

To Bell the Cat by Joan D. Vinge

Box 2, Folder 2

To Bell the Cat by Joan D. Vinge

Box 2, Folder 3

To Bell the Cat by Joan D. Vinge

Box 2, Folder 4

To Bell the Cat by Joan D. Vinge

Box 2, Folder 5

To Bell the Cat by Joan D. Vinge

Box 2, Folder 6

The Crystal Ship - master copy

Box 2, Folder 7

The Crystal Ship - master copy

Box 2, Folder 8

The Crystal Ship - master copy

Box 2, Folder 9

The Crystal Ship Rough Draft

Scope and Contents

notebook
Box 2, Folder 10

Eyes of Amber by Joan D. Vinge

Box 3, Folder 1

Fireship by Joan D. Vinge

Box 3, Folder 2

Fireship by Joan D. Vinge

Box 3, Folder 3

Fireship by Joan D. Vinge

Box 3, Folder 4

Fireship by Joan D. Vinge

Box 3, Folder 7

Mother and Child by Joan D. Vinge - rough draft

Box 3, Folder 8

Mother and Child photocopy

Box 3, Folder 9

Mother and Child by Joan D. Vinge

Box 3, Folder 10

Mother and Child by Joan D. Vinge - 2nd draft

Box 3, Folder 11

Mother and Child by Joan Vinge

Scope and Contents

notebook
Box 4, Folder 1

The Baby in the Bucket (or Communipaths) by Suzette Haden Elgin 1970

Box 4, Folder 2

Baby in the Bucket (or Communipaths) by Suzette Hadin Elgin

Box 4, Folder 3

Furthest, Suzette Haden Elgin

Box 4, Folder 4

The Outcasts of Heaven Belt, by Joan D. Vinge

Box 4, Folder 5

The Outcasts of Heaven Belt by Joan D. Vinge

Box 4, Folder 6

The Outcasts of the Heaven Belt rough draft notebook

Scope and Contents

notebook
Box 4, Folder 7

The Outcasts of Heaven Belt - Outline for proposed expansion

Box 5, Folder 1

The Outcasts of Heaven Belt - second rough draft

Box 5, Folder 2

The Outcasts of Heaven Belt Part II - rough draft notebook

Scope and Contents

notebook
Box 5, Folder 3

The Outcasts of Heaven Belt by Joan D. Vinge and Vernor Vinge - 1st novel version

Box 5, Folder 4

The Outcasts of Heaven Belt notebook

Scope and Contents

notebook
Box 5, Folder 5

The Outcasts of Heaven Belt -2nd rough draft of expanded novella

Box 5, Folder 6

Phoenix in the Ashes by Joan D. Vinge

Box 5, Folder 7

Phoenix in the Ashes by Joan D. Vinge - 2nd rough draft

Box 5, Folder 8

Phoenix in the Ashes by Joan D. Vinge

Box 5, Folder 9

Phoenix in the Ashes by Joan D. Vinge - rough draft notebook

Scope and Contents

notebook
Box 6, Folder 1

Tin Soldier by Joan D. Vinge - rough draft notebook

Box 6, Folder 2

Tin Soldier by Joan D. Vinge - revised 2nd draft

Box 6, Folder 3

Tin Soldier by Joan D. Vinge - unrevised final draft

Box 6, Folder 4

Tin Soldier by Joan D. Vinge - final draft master copy

Box 6, Folder 5

View from a Height by Joan D. Vinge

Box 6, Folder 6

Waste of Time by Joan D. Vinge

Box 6, Folder 7

Media Man, by Joan D. Vinge

Box 6, Folder 8

Cassette Tapes of Science Fiction Lectures by Guest Speakers

Box 6, Folder 8

"Writing for TV" by D.C. Fontana

Box 6, Folder 8

"Teach Yourself Alien" by Suzette Elgin

Box 6, Folder 8

"The Mythology of Control in the Left Hand of Darkness" by David W. Hill

Box 6, Folder 8

"Reading Satan's World" by Michael W. McClintock

Box 6, Folder 8

"The Alien in Science Fiction" by Joe Gillon

Box 6, Folder 8

"The Fisher King in Outer Space" by Catherine K. Firman

Box 6, Folder 8

"Science Fiction Humor and the Absurd" by David Ketterer

Box 6, Folder 8

"Science Fiction Film as Morality Play" by David Kahn

Box 6, Folder 8

"Cultural Myths" by Charles William Sullivan III

Box 6, Folder 8

"An Undertaking of Great Advantage" by Robert M. Jennings

Box 6, Folder 8

"Writing Science Fiction" by Roger Zelazny 1973

Box 6, Folder 8

"Writing Science Fiction" by Roger Zelazny 1973

Box 7, Folder 1

Ray Bradbury Lecture Flyer, April 1, 1981

Box 7, Folder 2

Harlan Ellison: A Biolgraphical Checklist compiled by Leslie kay Swigart 1973

Box 7, Folder 3

The Hobbit Soundrack, BBC Radio c. 1968

Box 7, Folder 4

Pen and ink drawing of a Wolf by Dennis Smith

Box 7, Folder 5

Photograph of Elizabeth Chater c. 1970s

Box 7, Folder 6

Science Fiction and Fantasy Published by ACE Books, 1953-1968

Box 7, Folder 7

News Clippings 1978, 1985

Box 7, Folder 8

All About Star Trek Fan Clubs April 1977

Box 7, Folder 9

American Artist, Illustration Issue May 1976

Box 7, Folder 10

Beyond Reality, issue number 8 April 1974

Box 7, Folder 11

Man, Myth, and Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Weekly, numbers 29-32, 36, 39, 43 1971

Box 7, Folder 12

Pocket Books School and College Catalog 1977

Box 7, Folder 13

San Diego S.T.A.R. Interphase, volume 13, number 2

Box 7, Folder 14

The Saturday Review May 1, 1981; September 2, 1972; November 1972

Box 8

Critical, Theoretical, Technical Works about Science Fiction and Fantasy Card Catalog: A-L

Box 9

Critical, Theorethical and Technical Works about Science Fiction and Fantasy Card Catalog: M-Z

Box 10

Anthologies of Science Fiction and Fantasy Card Catalog: A-Y

Box 11, Folder 1

List of Science Fiction Works

Box 11, Folder 2

List of Science Fiction Works

Box 12

Lord of the Rings Figurines

Box 13

Paintings, Posters, Illustrations, etc.

 

There and Back Again: Map of Bilbao's Journey 1976

 

Map of Middle Earth 1975

 

Bilbao's Last Song

 

Lord of the Rings Poster 1978

 

Greg Bear Painting 1972