Jean Paiva papers
Finding aid prepared by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Title: Jean Paiva papers
Date (inclusive): 1985-1995
Collection Number: MS 181
2.56 linear feet
Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Abstract: This collection consists of the papers of author Jean Paiva, including manuscript drafts, notes, research, and short stories.
Materials in the collection also include literary contracts, earnings statements, and correspondence between Paiva and other
authors, editors and literary figures.
Languages: The collection is in English.
The collection is open for research.
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[identification of item], [date if possible]. Jean Paiva papers (MS 181). Special Collections & University Archives, University
of California, Riverside.
Gift of Frances Barth, 2003.
The collection was processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
Processing of the Jean Paiva papers was completed by undergraduate students form the University of California, Riverside as
part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded
by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.
Jean Paiva was an American horror novelist who published two novels and multiple short stories. She had worked in some form
of publishing since college, which she dropped out of to work on the underground rock culture newspaper
Crawdaddy. After working at a men's magazine writing a film review column, in 1984 she found a position as an assistant at a trade
magazine publishing company. In addition to her work, she also used the weekends to be a first reader for the New American
Library, and work on her own horror/suspense novel. She published her first work,
The Lilith Factor, in 1989, before she tragically passed away in November of that year at the age of 45. Her work has continued to be published
posthumously, including short stories and her novel
The Last Gamble, which was published in 1990.
Collection Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the papers of author Jean Paiva, including manuscript drafts, notes, and research related to her
novels, most notably
The Last Gamble and
The Lilith Factor, and numerous short stories. Materials in the collection also include literary contracts, earnings statements, and correspondence
between Paiva and other authors, editors and literary figures.
The collection is arranged into two series as follows:
- Series 1. Novels and short stories, 1985-1990
- Series 2. Personal materials, 1985-1995
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Genres and Forms of Materials
Series 1. Novels and short stories
Series Scope and Contents
The series consists of items related to books and short stories written or co-written by Paiva, including her two published
The Last Gamble (originally titled
The Fortean Gamble),
The Lilith Factor, and her proposed work
Lost and Found: Love in the Classifieds. Materials in series include research notes, character descriptions, outlines, and drafts. Also included are 5¼-inch and
3½-inch floppy disks with additional drafts of Paiva's works.
The series is arranged into five sub-series as follows:
- Sub-Series 1.1.
The Last Gamble, circa 1988-1990
- Sub-Series 1.2.
The Lilith Factor, 1987-1989
- Sub-Series 1.3.
Lost and Found: Love in the Classifieds, 1985-1986
- Sub-Series 1.4. Short stories, 1988-1989, undated
- Sub-Series 1.5. Digital materials, undated.
The Last Gamble
Box 1, Folders 1-3
Research material and notes
Box 1, Folder 4
Character and place descriptions
Box 1, Folder 5
Box 1, Folder 7
Notes and summary
Box 1, Folders 9-10
The Lilith Factor
Box 2, Folder 3
Chapter outlines and notes
Box 2, Folder 4
Character descriptions and notes
Box 2, Folder 6
Articles and reviews
Lost and Found: Love in the Classifieds
Box 2, Folder 8
Book proposal - sample chapters and outline
Sub-Series 1.4. Short stories 1.4
Box 2, Folder 11
"Dimes are a Girl's Best Friend"
Box 3, Folder 1
"A Dozen Roses"
Box 3, Folder 4
"Just Idle Chatter"
Box 3, Folder 5
"Let Them Eat Cake"
Box 3, Folder 9
"More than Mercy"
Box 3, Folder 10
"The Perfect Foil"
Box 3, Folder 11
"The Pride is Back"
Box 3, Folder 14
Short story notes
Sub-Series 1.5. Digital materials
Box 5, Items 1-19
5¼-inch floppy disks
Box 5, Items 20-44
3½-inch floppy disks
Series 2. Personal materials
Series Scope and Contents
The series consists of Paiva's personal records, including literary contracts and earning statements, an article on Paiva,
and her death certificate. The series also includes correspondence between Paiva and other authors and editors, mostly related
to her works and efforts to publish them.
The series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 3, Folder 15
Article on Paiva
Box 3, Folder 17
Correspondence - Daniels, Les
Box 3, Folder 18
Correspondence - General
Box 3, Folder 19
Correspondence - Godwin, Pete
Box 3, Folder 20
Correspondence - Kaye, Marvin
Box 3, Folder 21
Correspondence - King, Tappan
Box 4, Folder 1
Correspondence - Koontz, Dean
Box 4, Folder 2
Correspondence - Maass, Donald
Box 4, Folder 3
Correspondence - Ptacek, Kathryn
Box 4, Folder 4
Correspondence - Silbersack, John
Box 4, Folder 5
Correspondence - Wilde, Kelley
Box 4, Folder 7
Box 4, Folder 8
England trip remembrance
Box 4, Folder 9
Horror Writers of America directory
Box 4, Folder 10
Research - ballroom dance, buildings