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Elizabeth Bear Papers

 Collection — Container: SFWA
Identifier: RBSC-SFWA-002

Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Bear Papers consist of printed (paper-based) and handwritten manuscripts for poems, short stories, and novels, along with a small amount of correspondence related to those materials. In addition, the collection contains a limited number of items, such as handmade books, school publications, from the author’s childhood, and a variety of hand drawn maps. The collection is divided based upon format and consists of novels and short stories. The majority of materials are organized within their series based upon original date of publication.


  • created: 2005- 2012
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/18/2008


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs and photocopies of collection are prohibited.

Conditions Governing Use

Property Rights are transferred to the University Libraries per the signed Deed of Gift Document. Literary Rights are retained by the content creator.  Any copyrights so stated in the materials remain in force.

Biographical or Historical Information

Elizabeth Bear (Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky) is an American Science Fiction and Fantasy novelist, short story and poetry author, primarily of speculative fiction. She was born and raised in Hartford, Conneticut and attended the University of Conneticut. Her first novel Hammered was published in January 2005, followed by Scardown in July and Worldwired in November of the same year. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005, the Locus Award for Best First Novel (The Jenny Casey trilogy) in 2006, Special Citation of Excellence from the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award for Carnival, and the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for Tideline. Bear is also proud to share her birthdate with Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. For more information on Elizabeth Bear or her writings, please visit her webpage:

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Arrangement Note

Series I consists of novels; series II is short stories; series III consists of correspondence; series IV is miscellaneous.

Source of Acquisition

Elizabeth Bear

Method of Acquisition

Personal contact w/author; papers mailed to NIU.

Accruals and Additions

Additions by Elizabeth Bear on 08/18/2008, 10/2008, 04/2011, 08/05/2011, 11/09/2012

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Repository Details

Part of the Northern Illinois University Repository

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL 60115 US