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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Anne McCaffrey papers
    Date (inclusive): 1957-1999, undated
    Date (bulk): 1981-1999
    Collection Number: MS 183
    Creator: McCaffrey, Anne
    Extent: 42.92 linear feet (103 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The Anne McCaffrey papers is comprised of manuscripts, galley proofs, notes, correspondence, and other material related to the writings of Anne McCaffrey between 1957-1999. Although this collection does not span McCaffrey's entire career, it offers a representative sample of her literary opus. This collection primarily contains material regarding her signature works of science fiction and fantasy but also includes McCaffrey's early essays, unpublished works, and books she wrote on various other topics such as romance, horse breeding, and cooking.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Anne McCaffrey papers (MS 183). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gifts of Anne McCaffrey in 1992 and Gigi Kennedy in 2014.

    Processing History

    Processed by Vlasta Radan, 2010.

    Biographical Note

    On April 1, 1926, Anne Inez McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to George Herbert McCaffrey and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey. Her father was a United States Army Colonel and her mother worked as an advertising copywriter in Boston. In 1947, McCaffrey graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. Her unpublished honors thesis was titled Eugene Ivanovich Zamiatin, with Special Emphasis on His Utopian novel, We. A copy of the thesis is in the manuscript division of the George Arents Library in Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. In 1948 McCaffrey worked in New York City as a copywriter and layout artist for the Liberty Music Shops. There she wrote advertisements based on lines from Bartlett's Famous Quotations. She also worked as the Secretary to the Sales Manager of Helena Rubenstein, Inc.
    During the late forties McCaffrey was also involved in St. John Terrill's first musical circus in Lambertsville, New Jersey. In 1958, the family moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where she joined the Brecks Mill Cronies and studied voice under Ted Huang, the Choir Master. In 1963 the family moved to Düsseldorf, Germany, where McCaffrey studied voice under Ron Stewart. As final act of her theater career McCaffrey directed the American premiere of Carl Orff's Ludus de Nato Infante Mirificus, in which she also played a witch.
    Concurrently with her involvement in theater, McCaffrey wrote and published a number of science fiction short stories. Her first story Freedom of the Race was published in October 1953. In 1963, Virginia Kidd became McCaffrey's literary agent. Encouraged by the science fiction writer Robert Silverberg, McCaffrey decided to become a full-time writer in 1965 and has gone on to have an illustrious career as an author spanning more than forty years.
    1926 Anne Inez McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 1st.
    1947 Graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. Her unpublished honors thesis was titled Eugene Ivanovich Zamiatin, with Special Emphasis on His Utopian novel, We.
    1953 Published her first story, Freedom of the Race, in Science Fiction Plus.
    1967 Published Dragonrider, Part One of Two Parts and Weyr Search in Analog.
    1967 Published first novel Restoree.
    1968 Received Nebula Award for Dragonrider in the Best Novella category.
    1968 Published Dragonrider, Part Two of Two Parts in Analog.
    1968 Received Hugo Award for Weyr Search in the Best Novella category.
    1971 Published Dragonquest and Ring of Fear.
    1973 Published Cooking Out of This World, a collection of favorite recipes by science fiction writers.
    1976 Published Dragonsong.
    1976 Received E. E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction.
    1977 Published Dragonsinger.
    1977 Published the short story collection Get Off the Unicorn.
    1978 Published Dinosaur Planet, The White Dragon, and The Dragonriders of Pern.
    1979 Received the Australian Ditmar Award and the English Gandalf Award for The White Dragon.
    1980 Received the Balrog Award for Outstanding Achievement and Best Novel in the Fantasy category for Dragondrums.
    1980 Received the European Stresa Eurocon Award for The White Dragon.
    1982 Published The Crystal Singer.
    1985 Published Killashandra.
    1986 Received her first Book of the Year Award presented by the Science Fiction Book Club for Killashandra.
    1999 Received the Julie Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Service Throughout the Fantastic Arts presented to her at DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia.
    1999 Received the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Literary Achievement Award.
    2004 Received the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Lifetime Achievement Award.
    2011 Anne McCaffrey passed away at her home in Ireland.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The Anne McCaffrey papers is comprised of manuscripts, galley proofs, notes, correspondence, and other material related to the writings of Anne McCaffrey between 1957-1999. Although this collection does not span McCaffrey's entire career, it offers a representative sample of her literary opus. This collection primarily contains material regarding her signature works of science fiction and fantasy but also includes McCaffrey's early essays, unpublished works, and books she wrote on various other topics such as romance, horse breeding, and cooking.
    For some publications there is complete documentation, from research notes and drafts all the way through galley proofs. However, a majority of the publications are represented with only one or two of these document types. The material in this collection regarding her book series' Dragonriders of Pern and Harper Hall are the most complete. The collection also contains drafts for the books that McCaffrey wrote in cooperation with Margaret Ball ( Partnership) and Joy Lynn Nye ( Crisis on Doona and Dragonlover's Guide to Pern). Additionally, the collection contains material for the anthology Alchemy and Academe edited by McCaffrey, the Ship who Sang that she wrote for the anthology Far Horizons edited by Bob Silverberg, the The N Auntie that she wrote for the anthology David Copperfield's Beyond Imagination edited by David Copperfield, Janet Berliner, and Cathie Bleck, and The Quest of a Sensible Man that she wrote for the anthology Once Upon a Time edited by Lester del Rey and Lisa Kessler.
    Whenever manuscripts have extensive hand annotations, it was noted in the folder description. The manuscript drafts are largely undated so the dates provided in the Sub-series Scope and Content Summaries are based purely on the publication date. Sub-series titles are derived from the title of the written work to which the material relates and are ordered alphabetically.
    The collection also contains an unprocessed addition (Accession MS-2014-0008), 1990-1999, consisting of 15.43 linear feet.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into four series as follows:
    • Series 1. Published works, 1957-1999, undated
    • Series 2. Unpublished works, 1961-1984, undated
    • Series 3. Correspondence and other material, 1974-1998, undated
    • Series 4. Unprocessed addition, circa 1990-1999

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Fantasy
    Science fiction
    Science fiction -- Authorship

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Correspondence
    Galley proofs
    Manuscripts
    Notes