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Octavia E. Butler Correspondence and Photographs
mssHM 80612-80709, FAC 2071  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Octavia E. Butler Correspondence and Photographs,
    Dates: 1993-approximately 2006
    Collection Number: mssHM 80612-80709, FAC 2071
    Creator OR Collector: Butler, Octavia E. Louis, Frances Deutsch
    Extent: 98 items in 2 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This is a collection of materials compiled by Professor Frances Deutsch Louis, primarily letters from American science fiction writer Octavia. E. Butler (1947-2006) to Louis, and related photographs.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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 the agent listed below. Questions should also be directed to the agent below.
    Agent contact info:
    Merrilee Heifetz
    Writers House
    21 West 26th St
    New York City, NY 10010
    mheifetz@writershouse.com
    (212) 685-2605
    The copyright for materials by others represented in the collection is held by other parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine the current copyright holder and obtain permission from the appropriate parties.
    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. For materials by Octavia E. Butler researchers should contact both the agent as listed above for publication permission.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Octavia E. Butler Correspondence and Photographs, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was a gift from Frances Deutsch Louis, June 20, 2013.

    Biographical Note

    Octavia Estelle Butler (1947-2006) was an American science fiction writer, and the first black woman in her field. Frances Deutsch Louis (1937-) was a professor of English at York College, City University of New York (CUNY). The two met in a professional setting and found each other to be kindred spirits. They maintained a close friendship and correspondence thereafter, until Butler's passing in 2006.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Scope and Content

    This is a collection of materials compiled by Professor Frances Deutsch Louis, primarily letters from American science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) to Louis, and related photographs.
    The collection consists of letters from Butler to Louis and photographs, as well as one facsimile draft of an essay by Butler.
    Often written in notecards, the brief notes to Louis provide a more intimate look into the everyday life of the shy Butler. The photographs include snapshots of Butler with friends, at events, and images of her home that she herself took and shared with Louis.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in the following 2 series:
    • Manuscript and Correspondence
    • Photographs
    Items are organized chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal Names

    Butler, Octavie E.
    Louis, Frances Deutsch

    Subjects

    Women authors, American - 20th century - Archives.
    Science fiction, American - Women authors.
    African American women authors - 20th century - Archives.

    Genre

    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th Century
    Manuscripts for publication -- United States -- 20th Century.